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 .
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 .
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 .