Even though this is probably not the prettiest time of year to enjoy nature just yet, we were treated to some eye pleasing vistas and solitude. We walked along very posh waterside neighborhoods, past luscious riverside woodlands and saw plenty of spring blossom. On the down side we had to trudge through some muddy paths that were an ugly reminder of the floods in the Thames Valley this winter. Apparently we would've needed a boat to get from Staines to Windsor. On the upside, we had most of the Thames Path to ourselves with only the sound of birds, the babbling of the Thames and our own voices in the air. And the airplanes taking off from Heathrow, but we decided to ignore those.
A good 4 hours and 14 km later we got to Windsor where we were brutally dragged back into reality. Herds of tourists were strolling along the shops, taking pictures of the towering castle and tour buses were lining the streets.