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Thames & Broadwater Walk

Sunshine may have been in short supply this summer but the Moleside Walking Group struck lucky again today setting off from The Minnow in Weybridge under clear blue skies and a warm sun.  Led by Paul Walker ten of us

tried to unscramble the collection of watercourses that join the Thames at this point before striking downstream towards Walton.

We passed D’Oyly Carte island with its substantial mansion well known to Gilbert & Sullivan and once owned by the impresario who was central to their success.

And very quickly it became clear that the river’s wild life were also taking full advantage of the wonderful sunshine. By the cafe at Cowey Sale we were greeted by a large number of swans, geese and ducks obviously disappointed  that we had little to offer them by way of treats.

Leaving the main river here we turned south heading for Broadwater and its desirable waterside residences Here we were delighted to come across a family of ducks perfectly happy to share the sunshine with us – and with a very patient heron.
From here we looped our way round St George’s and its school playing fields back towards the Thames and our pub lunch in the sunshine of Weybridge.
Not a stile or an incline to bother us. Our thanks to Paul and Andrea for an excellent September walk together – and to Peter and John for their fantastic photos .