Sunday, May 25, 2008

Gerrards Cross to Cookham


















Some pics from a walk from Gerrards Cross to Cookham, a posh old village by the Thames, last weekend with a group of people from the Deutsche in London msg board. 

Forecast was "light rain" but it only rained once, fairly briefly, and that was when we were in the lunchtime pub, so we just had another drink, and by the time we finished that, it had stopped already. In fact, it was good walking weather, overcast but everything felt fresh, the forests were steaming, the flowers and the wild rhododendrons everywhere were in bloom, and while the springtime is impressive in London as it is, once you get out into the woods and fields everything is even more lush and overwhelming right now. In the morning, looking out of the window, it really didn't look like a day for a trip out to the country, but since we'd arranged it we did it and it worked out fine. Just goes to show that you shouldn't pay too much attention to the weather forecast and just do it anyway. As often on these walks, we hardly met any other walkers... 

Just before we arrived by the Thames we walked up this field to an old church on a hill, St Nicholas, from which you can overlook the Thames valley, it looked like something out of a film, on another hill nearby a Victorian folly, a mock castle ruin, loomed, horses grazed and some beautiful old trees were standing alone in the fields like huge green balloons. We arrived at the old church in Cookham just as a wedding party stepped outside. It's an odd place,  Cookham, it is very pretty and old and definitely has atmosphere, but it also looks very expensive and upmarket, I guess the riverside location has spoilt it a bit. Still, there are some good pubs there, and you can walk in many directions from there too, especially along the river. I've done the walk from Gerrards Cross twice now but I'll do it again sometimes...

1 comment:

neill said...

Beautiful pics...makes me miss England.