Bourne End to Windsor - June 5th
After completing the 40 miles from the source to Newbridge, I was itching to get going again 3 days later. This time it was a gloriously sunny Saturday morning and on the spur of the moment I decided to do the 11 mile Bourne End to Windsor section. I caught an early train from Huntingdon and by 10:45 I emerged at Bourne End Station. Before starting my walk I treated myself to an M&S sandwich that I’d eat later on for my lunch. A few minutes later I was down by the riverside at the marina.
Over the last 2 years I’ve tended not to go out for walks like this at weekends in order not to mix with too many people. On such a lovely day therefore, I wasn’t surprised to find a lot of people out walking and relaxing either by or on the river. It was great to see so many happy faces enjoying the warm weather. Boulter’s Lock in particular was very busy and I found that Windsor itself was uncomfortably busy – never mind.
I did make a bit of a detour just after Summerleaze Bridge by following a footpath sign that I hoped would get me to the main entrance to Dorney Lake. However, I discovered that Dorney Lake was closed to the public due to you know what, so I had to walk all the way back to the Thames Path. I now know that public access has been restored for a trial period, at least until March 2022.
I reached Windsor at about 4pm. After a mandatory ice cream, I got the shuttle train to Slough, where I caught a train back into London. Another really pleasant walk with plenty of nature’s spring colours on display.