Thames Path: Pangbourne to Cholsey


On 2 January 2010, Mum and Dad and I did one more stretch of the Thames Path, continuing from Pangbourne to Cholsey (which isn't actually on the Thames, but has a railway station).

Pangbourne and Whitchurch

As we'd arrived late in the day last time, we took the opportunity to have a look around Pangbourne and Whitchurch during daylight, starting with Pangbourne church.

The church.
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Tomb with statues.
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A skull complete with cobwebs.
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Gravestone in the floor.
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Crossing the river on the toll bridge, we passed again by Whitchurch, er, church too.

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The Thames Path leaves the river through Whitchurch and runs uphill on a rise above the Thames for some distance.

A promise...
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...delivered. Rather picturesque steps, though.
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Presumably this pillbox was intended to stop the Germans invading. Somehow.
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Gatehampton railway bridge

The path rejoined the river in time to meet Gatehampton railway bridge; designed by Brunel and very nice too.

The main arch.
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Yellow steps up to the line.
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Tree shadows on the grey netting they've put up to stop things growing.
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After having lunch by the bridge, we continued along the towpath.

Snowdrop; a boat in a boathouse.
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Inside another boathouse.
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Goring is another small and disturbingly rich/expensive town on the river.

One of our guidebooks described this bridge as hideous, while the other (older) one said it was a wonderful example of how concrete could look just like the older wooden bridge...
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We had a look inside the church.

Goring church.
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Screen in church. (You get the impression the church isn't short of money either.)
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More nice lettering (especially the 'A.D. 1670' part) and interesting spelling. Poor Ivdith.
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Patterned light in the church.
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After that (and buying snacks), we crossed the river on the hideous/wonderful bridge.

The river was very high, but this yellow ducky looks set to survive any flood.
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Light pattern on back of sign attached to bridge.
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The town on the other bank is called Streatley and yes, this has a church too...

The porch.
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Plain window.
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Window with lettering (on wall).
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There was a fun moment as we headed toward the river again and found a lake in the way - but a brave traveller passing the other way demonstrated that it wasn't very deep, so we splashed through the floodwater, getting rather wet feet, and back to the towpath.

Flooded field.
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Across the river. Sign: 'Breeding birds keep out'. Not sure they can read, though.
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We left the river at a place called Moulsford which has an expensive private school and not too much else.

But one building had a clock with a rather nice lamp.
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Graveyard of a small chapel.
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After walking some distance along the road and then on a footpath beside the railway, we got to Cholsey station and the end of the walk. We didn't see much of Cholsey itself - maybe next time.

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