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Day trip to the source of the River Thames

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Come along on Saturday 9th August for a day trip to find the source of the River Thames!

About the River Thames

The River Thames stretches 215 miles, from the North Sea, through London, Reading and Oxford to it's source in Kemble, which is just south of Cirencester in Gloucestershire.

No one knows where the name 'Thames' comes from, it already had the name when it was first mentioned in writing by the Roman's on their first expedition to Britain in 54BC.

The Thames falls some 104.2 metres from source to the estuary, it is tidal from Teddington Lock to the estuary. It has 104 bridges, 47 locks and is the second longest river in Britain (after the River Severn).

The trip involves a lot of walking (around 5 miles), so walking boots or sensible shoes are advised. The terrain is reasonably flat amongst grass fields, the edges of farmers fields and country lanes.

Aprox Itinerary
9:45am - meet at the station and get GroupSave train tickets to Kemble
10:15am - get train
11:30am - arrive at Kemble
11:45am - start walk (it's a circular walk that finishes back at the station)
12:15pm - stop at Kemble church (built in the 11th century)
12:30pm - continue walk out of town to the River Thames
1:00pm - stop for lunch at junction of Thames (please bring a packed lunch or buy food at the station)
1:30pm - start 2 mile walk along the River Thames
2:30pm - arrive at source
2:45pm - continue circular walk back to station
4:00pm - arrive back at Kemble station - freetime: go back on train, look around the village or head to a local pub (fast trains going back: 3:49pm, 4:47pm, it takes 1h 15mins)

We will be getting the 10:15am train and we will be able to get a third off train tickets, which work out at £29.50 each (we will be purchasing these on the day as people arrive in groups of 3 people).

Look out for the group sign outside the ticket office:

If you can’t see us at the station, please call or text.

07905 901 834

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