The young River Thames flows through the Lower Mill Estate where Daisy Chain is and so it is easy to explore the river back to its source (about 5 miles away) or downstream towards Lechlade. The young River Thames gives no clues about the mighty famous river that it will become. This picture is taken just upstream from the Lower Mill Estate. The river flows through open fields which are often home to sheep. These sheep decided the grass was greener on the other side and we loved watching them jump across the river!
In 1921, John Drinkwater wrote of the Cotswolds countryside, "the most beautiful in England…there is no more tender or subtle landscape on earth." The Cotswold Way National Trail meanders through the Cotswolds from Chipping Campden to Bath. In a recent book, The Cotswold Way, along with 11 other walks, features as one of the 'Great Walks of the World'
The most common topic of converstation at The Thames Head Inn near Kemble is not politics, or even sport, but rather the source of the River Thames. The pub takes its name from the place, about half a mile away, where the river begins its 154 mile long journey to London Bridge. The source of the Thames is not quite as simple as that – as the river is ground water fed, the precise source depends on the ground water level, and as such can vary by a few miles between summer and winter.
The Thames Head Inn serves a varied menu of fresh home cooked food and visitors can enjoy a drink or meal enjoying relaxed atmosphere of the pub, complete with its various nooks and crannies and open fires or outside in the garden.
Exploring the Cotswolds on foot is a wonderful way to enjoy the beautiful countryside which makes up this part of the world, and get up close and personal with nature.
Escape to the Cotswolds have published a series of Jubilee walks – so called as they were created as part of 2012's Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Each walk is around 2.5 to 5 miles in length and takes you on a circular walk. The walks can be downloaded from http://www.escapetothecotswolds.org.uk/walking/downloadable-walks/jubilee-walks They include a clear map, directions and some interesting facts and stories. Perfect for exploring the Cotswolds with the family on holiday.
The Thames path is a long distance trail which follows the mighty River Thames for 184 miles! It starts off at the Thames Head, just 5 miles from Daisy Chain, and meanders through villages and towns before finally reaching London.
Its source, the Thames Head is often dry – as the river is ground water fed, the precise source depends on the ground water level. It meanders slowly through beautiful meadows grazed by cattle and sheep and gives few clues of it's final destination.