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Published: September 6th 2019
Leaving the Red Lion. Photo by Michael Queen
4 September 2019, Wednesday
Day 3 of Thames path, Crichlade to Lechlade.
Day 19 of travel.
After a good dinner and night's rest at the Red Lion Inn, we set out about 0945, from Crichlade, only to have a gent on his way to Bergen, Norway, correct our errant way. Michael Queen, from Houston, has joined our band of four for this day. Michael is following the Thames Path via an app on his iPhone so he is sort of leading us on our way.
We pass houses with beautiful flowers in their gardens. Today is sunny with billowy clouds as we trek across the fields. Now the Thames river is beginning to show the flow of the water. We pass a field of corn along the banks of the Thames and many unusual flowers growing wild. The current of the river through the reeds of the riverbank make a beautiful sight as we walk along.
In the village of Castle Eaton our planned lunch stop at the Red Lion is thwarted by the fact that it is closed and under renovation by new owners. This seems to be a trend. We ask the workers if we can
Flowers in front of this house as we leave Crichlade
use the table in the yard beside the river for our rest break before lunch. We have some fruit and continue on.
We come across many scarecrows as we stroll the village. It is time for the small village's annual scarecrow celebration, so we have many unusual photos of the scarecrows entered in the competition. I, of course, am particularly fond of the beekeeper.
Next we pass a field of sunflowers and see the first boat on the Thames. The locks and weirs from here on will provide good river navigation.
We continued on to St John the Baptist of Inglesham. Here, at a preaching cross in the church yard, at almost 3 in the afternoon, we stopped to have our lunch and view the church. The church was given by King John to monks and priests in 1205. There are fragments of wall paintings, many from the 14th c. The church has remained unaltered since the early 16th c. It is in need of much restoration but even in its current condition it is peaceful and uplifting.
We saw more boats, swans and a Riverside fisherman before arriving at The Riverside Inn in Lechlade.
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