thames path – part 4 hailstone hill to castle eaton

here was our first sighting of the thames on this part of the walk
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kezia said “everytime we walk the Thames Path it rains” and yesterday was no exception. it fact the rain was exception – in quantity. we were soaked to the bone. but i got to wear my military poncho which was a boon
to begin with things weren’t too muddy, but with the wind and the rain it soon got very slippery and muddy. this was quite a nice bit near the beginning
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obligatory pooh-sticks
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things weren’t helped by a sudden jump in undergrowth meaning we lost sight of the path quite a lot. These weeds were higher than esther’s head !
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we’re making slow progress round the path (it’s taken us 4 days to go the walk which the book says should be doable in a day). but then we have got a 4 year old with us !
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