Sunday, 7 July 2013

Thames Path - Cricklade to the Source - Part 2

Date of Walk:  20 June 2013
Approx Distance of Walk: 8 km (5 miles) there and back
 Parking/Transport: Waterhay Car Park (Grid ref SU 060933)

 Cricklade North Meadow to Waterhay

The second part of this walk took place a couple of weeks ago, and, for the sake of argument, let's say that it starts in North Meadow, Cricklade, where we had to abandon our walk last year due to flooding. (Actually we started this walk at the other end, but as we walked in both directions there and back, it makes no difference.)

So this point last year....

... now looked like this, with a new gate and bridge.

The path here follows a fairly narrow river Thames on one side...

with the North Meadow on the other.

Even though the fritillaries, that this Meadow is renowned for, failed to appear this year, there was still a lovely display of wild flowers.

A tuffty old bridge over the river.

The wild flower meadow attracts plenty of butterflies and insects.

After a while the Thames Path diverts away from the river itself and winds it's way through the lakes that make up the Cotswold Water Park. There were lots of these yellow irises in the wetlands.

Wild birds nesting too.

Wild fowl also.

The path was well made up, although perhaps not terribly interesting at times.

We had the path pretty much to ourselves...

... with only the wildlife to share it with.

Eventually the path zig-zagged it's way to the Waterhay car park, where we had left our car.

We will rejoin the walk at this turning point in the next post.

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