Eton , Boveney , Dorney

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After passing thru the crowds in Windsor and seeing a group of Gurkhas (British army troops from Nepal)  all in grey suits with the a same unit tie,i got my bike and cycled down towards the bridge over the river a tourist couple asked me to take thier picture, after that and cycled back up to Eton , the scholars there wear old black tailcoats with funny white shirt collars in a tradition of byegone times . Saturday is a schoolday for them (the scholars are fined if they miss a class).There was a  cricket  group packing off on coaches somewhere .

I took a left turn along a road past  the housing quarters and onto a cycletrack that goes thru farmland  , i turned again to come onto the thames river path and within a few hundred yards , was away from the maddening crowds  and heading towards Boveney were there is a lock .

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There were lots of swans , geese and mallards and a few coots on the river  as well as a number of boats of all sizes , mostly with tourists onboard, usually they only go a few hundred yards and turn back to windsor .
the road ahead , thames path west

 

We are now on the northside of the river  and i was heading west towards Maidenhead,Henley, Oxford , but this part of the thames is little-known to tourists , to be honest there is enough to see with the castle,windsor great park,the river  and eton to occupy most visitors for hours and hours.Boveney lock is a good stopoff ;there are seats and it's relaxing on a sunny day watching the pleasure boats use the lock , opposite is windsor race course (horse racing).Carrying on west along the thames i came to Boveney Chapel which had been a target of mine today.

As luck would have it , it was having some restoration work done , it is usually closed anyway and isn't really much to look at  except there is a notice saying that there has been a place of worship on that site since before the norman conquest , which was in the year 1066 , and that the earliest part of the present building dates from the 12th century

Some years ago , when i lived in this area they did some extensive pipelining and earth removal around the chapel, after it was finished i met a guy who told me he had found a  number of old medievel coins around here with his metal detector , i was gutted when i heard that , since i also have a detector but had never  used it around there .

looking east back to boveney lock , keepers' house ands Willow Tree .. the best wood for making cricket bats

Further on along the thames is an eton college boathouse  which houses those long rowing boats like used in the Oxford and Cambridge boatrace , and just behind that is a olympic standard rowing 'trench' facility , where there is a triathlon every year .Sorry ,no pics of these last two because i didnt go that way .

I cycled up thru Dorney Common which is an exclusive area of very expensive and 'listed' buildings (i think but have nt researched it )  a listed building is one which cannot be altered without special permission and is designed to preserve the condition of old buildings .

there is a fairly large common here where cows roam freely without any fences .

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the road ahead , thames path  west
the road ahead , thames path west
looking east back to boveney lock …
looking east back to boveney lock…
Boveney Chapel ..pre 1066
Boveney Chapel ..pre 1066
windsor castle from a distance fro…
windsor castle from a distance fr…
passing eton college golf course
passing eton college golf course
Old house at Dorney
Old house at Dorney
same old house viewed from the cha…
same old house viewed from the ch…
Dornet common unfenced cows
Dornet common unfenced cows
Dorney Common
Dorney Common
Dorney Common
Dorney Common
The road ahead , Dorney Common
The road ahead , Dorney Common
Dorney Court something for everyo…
Dorney Court 'something for every…
Jubillee cycle path , my lovely bi…
Jubillee cycle path , my lovely b…
Cormorants basking in the sun , be…
Cormorants basking in the sun , b…
Another view of the same
Another view of the same
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