Walking The Thames Path from Staines to Windsor


Walking from Staines to Windsor

After having been in hibernation all winter, I love those first sunny days. It's a sign that spring is on its way. Today being one of those days, my friend and I hopped on a train to Staines and walked all the way to Windsor along the Thames. It's a very historic part of the Thames Path as it passes Runnymede where the Magna Carta was signed, you walk past the famous Eton College and towards the end of the walk you are treated to magnificent views of Windsor Castle. We didn't bother with any touristy visits today as the weather was glorious and we made the most of the spring weather.

Walking from Staines to Windsor

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.

Walking from Staines to Windsor

 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.

Walking from Staines to Windsor

Even though we took a short lunchtime breather to eat our packed lunch, by the time we got to Windsor we were all too happy to find the quaint Crooked House of Windsor serving afternoon tea. Me being from Amsterdam shouldn't really bat an eye when seeing a dancing house, but this typically English tea house, located on the shortest street in the UK, is seriously crooked. Rest assured that their sandwiches and cakes are seriously straight.

Walking from Staines to Windsor

We spent another hour walking around town and had one more pre-train beverage away from the tourist craziness at a pub on the river. With rosy cheeks from being out in the sun all day we hopped back on the train to London hoping that we will be getting many more spring days like we had today.

Walking from Staines to Windsor



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