Easter 2014


I went to stay with my parents over Easter. We went for a couple of walks and I took some snaps.


Mum and I went on a walk from Staines to Windsor.

We crossed Staines Bridge and walked on the riverside path to Runnymede.

Low arch under Staines Bridge.
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Mum didn’t know beforehand, but Runnymede’s tea-room had recently reopened (after closing down due to the flooding earlier in the year). This resulted in unexpected cake.

Corner of tea-room (designed by Lutyens, apparently).
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We then took a footpath uphill, travelling briefly to America. (The land around the Kennedy Memorial on Runnymede was gifted to the USA.) After that, we followed roads through part of Englefield Green and, past some exceedingly expensive houses, into Windsor Great Park.

Trees in the park.
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Looking back toward the giant horse statue.
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We walked around Windsor a little before getting a train back.

Royal Mews.
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Masonic Hall.
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A fire escape.
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Our second walk was to Wraysbury and back. We began by walking into the centre of Staines and then along Church Street toward Moor Lane.

Staines’s picturesque town centre: a well-preserved vintage phone box beside the disused town hall.
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From Moor Lane railway bridge, near the M25.
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Footpath toward Wraysbury, reservoir in background.
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We crossed the railway near Wraysbury and took what we thought was a footpath between some of the lakes (which were actually gravel pits, obviously). I’m not entirely convinced it was an official footpath because the tree-climbing parts seemed slightly more to the fore than I would have expected.

Looking down a steep slope at the sky.
1/500 at f8, 23mm, ISO200 51°27′7″N 0°32′3″W
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Doomed tree.
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Depth marker.
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After a slight argument with dad as to which way right and left go, we eventually managed to escape the lakes, although this did involve climbing over a locked gate out of some ground owned by the water company. We then took a diversion down an interesting side road that I’d never been down before, Colne Way, which led to a weir across Colne Brook and then some industrial units on Ferry Lane.

A building last used by ‘ASAP Multiform’.
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View to Ferry Lane. Building on left is/was Integrated Electronics Limited (IEL).
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Their goods entrance. (Which is apparently five chains wide.)
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Back door.
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