Zahra Al-Kateb enjoys a varied section of the Thames Path
The historic Windsor Castle provided a distant backdrop – a reminder that you are walking along a Royal river – and I marvelled at the Runnymede memorials, including the Magna Carta temple of 1957, designed by Sir Edward Maufe for the American Bar Association, as well as the John F. Kennedy memorial of 1965, by Geoffrey Jellicoe. At Shepperton Lock, which marked the end of my walk, I found a small refreshment hut – perfect timing for a snack and a chance to reflect on the day I had enjoyed.
The Thames Path is an easy walk yet still manages to offer a remarkable amount of variety with many different aspects to explore, and can take you from the busy waterside by a small town to total tranquillity. The 184-mile Thames Path National Trail, from the source of the river in the Cotswolds to the Thames Barrier, is easily split up into sections that are accessible by public transport. For my walk, I chose to start at Windsor and amble down to Shepperton.