Day 22 – Cricklade to Lechlade-on-Thames

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Nobody ordered long grass

We had a little bit of rain overnight but nothing much, and this morning just a fine drizzle. Hardly enough to put on a waterproof coat. I should know by now that we should always err on the side of caution on days where there is even the slightest hint of rain that we need to get the waterproofs on as you can always take them off.

The Thames Path is a National trail and as such you would expect that it would be maintained to a certain degree, but the first 2 miles from Cricklade are through knee high, and in some places even higher, very very wet grass. Definitely wish we’d put on those waterproofs as we’re soaked through below the knees!

Eventually the long grass clears up, but its going to be a soggy trek for the last 7 miles. Shame on whoever looks after this path!

We come across signs that say there is an active airstrip which turns out to be a runway cut into a field. There are no roads leading to it but there is a boat moored at the end. Perhaps its there just so the passengers can go to Lechlade for some shopping. Zara has decided to wait in the departure lounge to see if she can get to somewhere less wet!

Todays miles – 10.7

Ians Beer of the Day

Rare Breed by Butcombe Brewery, an extremely pleasant and easy drinking ale, and at only 3.8 it’s a bit dangerous as this will easily turn into a session. Found this at The Crown Inn in Lechlade which has recently been taken over and re-opened after closing during the pandemic. Lovely wooden beams and a friendly welcome.

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