In July, having survived a visit from the baby, we (parents and I) were supposed to go on a walk with it in Windsor. But for some reason I can't recall, the baby or its minders couldn't make it - so we went for a walk anyway.


The first part of our walk was by the river. We crossed the bridge to Eton and walked along the footpath for some distance.

Briefly we stepped back in time to when everything was black and white! Well, okay, no, just this photo. This is under a bridge.
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So dangerous even the sign met with a nasty accident.
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Near the Eton boathouse there's a church by the river. It's now disused but is looked after by the 'Friends of Friendless Churches' charity. I took a few pictures.

Wooden tower.
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Presumably all this brick is to stop the wall falling down.
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The Thames Path goes over an impressive bridge which I assumed was entirely new, but it's actually built over a conveyor bridge for old gravel workings. We crossed the bridge briefly to have a look, then came back and sat under it to eat our lunch.

Original railings on one end of the bridge.
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The bridge's reflection in the water.
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After that we left the river and headed back by footpaths over land. To begin with, we didn't visit a nearby stately home (I don't think it was open) but we had a look at their church and bought ice creams in their garden centre.

A back gate to the house.
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The attached church.
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Nice roof on outbuildings.
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My initials!
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A gate into the back yard of the house.
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There followed a quite long walk past the newish rowing lake (we think they probably don't like it being called a 'boating lake'), also owned by Eton; it's apparently going to be an Olympic venue. There were some people rowing but whatever. After passing an inexplicable horde of what looked like mostly East Asian schoolkids (why there? I have no idea) our route took us back through farmland into the village of Eton.

A view over a field (and past trees and the river) toward Windsor Castle in the haze.
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'HE BETREYED ME.' Awesome graffiti under a road bridge.
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Railway arches (and lots of 'em) taking the railway line toward Slough.
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