Newbridge to Kelmscott
Sue, the owner of the B and B kindly drove me to Newbridge where I was meeting a friend who was going to accompany me today. Our starting point this morning was over the bridge which is narrow and only takes single file traffic but that made it easy to walk across.
We needed to cross the wooden bridge to get to the Shifford Lock. It was in the village of Shifford that King Alfred held the first recorded parliament in 890.
This wooden bridge takes you across the old Thames Channel which loops away to Duxford (Duck's ford) which is still a ford.
The path crosses the weir but as there was some construction work happening we had to use this pontoon bridge instead.
Old man Bridge which we didn't need to cross. I wonder how often these remote bridges are used.
Here where the the river divides part of it flows under the oldest bridge over the Thames with its 3 arches but I was too far away to get a decent photograph. This bridge dates back to the 12th cent and has survived because the river traffic was diverted down the other channel.
In the churchyard I found the gravestone of William Morris and his wife Jane.