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It was supposed to be a pleasant long walk. It was definitely pleasant with (apart from one day) excellent weather and the best of company.
But at first there was no river and often no bank. The Thames, as natives of Cricklade insisted, does not begin at its source.
We had set off from a stone by a dry ditch in a field near Kemble in
Gloucestershire. It bore an inscription to the effect of 'here beginneth the Thames'.
There was no water in the ditch for many miles. We marched on through fields, gravel pits taking care to avoid quicks and, large dogs and blisters. We survived encounters with some very strange country folk, a drunken farmer insisting he had a big tractor to show us and a very upset cow charging full speed at us along a narrow path.
That dry ditch grew first
into a navigable channel and then became a torrent hundreds of yards wide
controlled by locks and weirs. Anne braved injury to make the distance and
many joined for a day or several days providing much needed support
and ensuring our team completed the trek to Tower Bridge on schedule. It was
lost over half a stone and will never forget sitting at a lock in pouring
rain (no shelter anywhere) eating lunch, watched by a dry lockkeeper in his
hut smugly sipping hot tea.
Thanks to all who took part or helped in anyway. Special thanks to Sue Ingram, Colin Wells, Jill Oliver and Mark without whom we would never have finished.
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