6 January 2013: The Thames Path from Maidenhead to Marlow

This Sunday’s walk was along the Thames Path from Maidenhead to Marlow (Time Out 56; 9.3 miles). An early start brought us to the river before the mist had lifted. We followed the swollen Thames, pausing to admire Brunel’s arches, built for the railway and painted by Turner.

Maidenhead railway bridge

Maidenhead railway bridge (David Marsden / CC BY-SA 2.0)

Lunch was taken on a fallen tree. The cold drove us quickly on through Cookham and up the hill to reveal the flooded water meadows below, and two picking their way across to a cup of tea and an early train.

The Thames at Marlow

The Thames at Marlow (Shaun Ferguson / CC BY-SA 2.0)

Some way was lost, and later flooded tunnels sent us onto the road. Turning a corner we found the white Marlow Bridge, suspended across the Thames since 1832. The adjacent weir showed the river flowing at its awesome best.

The pub by the station served us teas, but sadly no cake, before we took our muddy boots and cleared minds home.



About Humphrey Southall

Director, Great Britain Historical GIS; Reader in Geography, University of Portsmouth
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