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Lechlade To Kelmscott Walk

7 miles (11.2 km)

This walk takes you along a lovely section of the Thames Path from Lechlade to Kelmscott.
It's just over 3.5 miles along the flat riverside path, so around 7 miles there and back.
On the way you will pass the noteworthy St. Mary's Church at Buscot. The Grade I listed church dates to 1200 and is worthy of further investigation with its stained glass and ancient bells.
Also of interest is the statue of Old Father Thames at St John's Lock. The pretty lock is one of the highlights of this stretch of the river and includes the photogenic statue which dates from 1851 when it was originally comissioned forThe Crystal Palace's grounds in London. Near the lock you will also pass the point where the River Cole enters the River Thames.
In Kelmscott you can pay a visit to the historic Kelmscott Manor. The Cotswold stone house was built in about 1570and was the country home oftextile designer, poet, artist and writer William Morris. The manor is open to the public in the summer months. For a fee you can explore the wonderful architecture of the house and enjoy a stroll through the lovely gardens.
You can extend the walk by heading south to another local historical highlight at Buscot Park. Here you can explore the picturesque grounds and gardens surrounding a fine 18th-century mansion.
If you continued east along the river you would soon come to Tadpole Bridge where you'll find a significant 13th century bridge and the popular Trout Inn.

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Thames Path at Lechlade Bridge - geograph.org.uk - 2317832

Thames Path at Lechlade Bridge

St John's Lock - geograph.org.uk - 2395094

St John's Lock.The name of the lock derives from apriorythat was established nearby in 1250, but which no longer exists. The lock was built of stone in 1790 by theThames Navigation Commission. The main weir is downstream, just belowSt John's Bridge, where theRiver Coleand theRiver Leachjoin the Thames on opposite banks.

Old Father Thames by St John's Lock - geograph.org.uk - 3454167

Old Father Thames by St John's Lock. The statue was commissioned in 1854 forThe Crystal Palace's grounds, was later moved to the traditional source of the Thames atThames Head, and then in 1974 relocated to St John's Lock.

Thames watermeadows near Lechlade - geograph.org.uk - 1262887

Thames watermeadows near Lechlade. St Lawrence's Church, Lechlade can be seen on the other side of the River Thames.

St. Mary's Church, Buscot - geograph.org.uk - 341334

St. Mary's Church, Buscot. TheChurch of England parish churchofSaint Marywas built in about 1200. The bell tower has aringof four bells, the oldest of which was cast atBristolin about 1399. It's another historic building to investigate on the walk.

A bend in the River Thames by Cheese Wharf, near Buscot - geograph.org.uk - 2915009

A bend in the River Thames by Cheese Wharf, near Buscot

Buscot Lock - geograph.org.uk - 2422397

Buscot Lock

Kelmscott Manor, home of William Morris

Kelmscott Manor, home of William Morris. Iconic home of the political activist, manufacturer, designer and artist. An engraving of the manor is used on the frontispiece of his novel "News from Nowhere".

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