The Sunday ramble on 12 May 2013 was jointly led by Bridie Barry and Maureen Cahalane along the Thames from Windsor to Staines. Our most regular photographer, Sheila, provided the following photographs of the walk together with informative captions.

Arriving at Windsor on a busy Sunday morning.

No time wasted as the group embark on the walk to Datchet

The Thames Path led to the lunch stop.

A gentle strool

A statuesque awaits unsuspecting fish

A short ramble allows time to stop and chat in the Spring sunshine

A rider prepares for the Windsor Horse Show

Horseboxes and cars are allowed to park here.

Shining carriages being prepared

River cruising undisturbed by preparations for the show

International flavour to the day

Practising their paces

May has brought abundant greenery

Stunning views of "Old Father Thames"

Windsor Castle hints at Royal involvement

The river looks deep as the ramblers make their way on foot

Eyeing up competition

A detour by road is necessary to cross the river

22 members on the ramble with Bridie and Maureen at the helm - a welcome return to the experiences of the glory days of the club

Dressage may be part of the day's events

Well keot lawns

Immaculately rubbish free along the entire way

Looking back at majestic horses and smartly dressed rider

Stone mason's proud plaque

The attentive leader counts the group down wooden steps

This river path is also a forest path

All enjoying the company and the day

Nutricious nettles in abundance

Apparently the flowers mean these don't sting but also the if you have them near your cabbage patch you won't be plagued with caterpillars as butterflies prefer flowering nettles to cabbage for laying their eggs

If you do get stung a remedy nearby in the shape of friendly dock leaves

The other half!!!

May brings colour to the woodlands

...And many houses

Early arrival at Datchet allows time to sit and/or wander

Interesting plaque on what is now the local tea shop - "The Bridge"

Tea shop is open but......

So is the pub!!!

One rambler gets an early pint

Whilst another (the most important man in the club!) supps in the courtyard area

And others found ice cream to relax with on the green

A celtic cross adorns the village churchyard

This building suggests several renovations and additions

The parish of St Mary Church sign

Charity shop tempts a return visit when open

In case you want to move to a little flat near the station

Three walkers chose Datchet's Italian restaurant for lunch

A small and lovely garden

A door which may be hundreds of years old and still functioning well

Relaxing chatter while lunch is awaited

Two happy rambling roses!!

Lunch over it's time to move on towards Runnnymede

May blossom showers the paths

Many examples of wild flower and blossom are included

The gorse bush flowers are fleeting

Attention is drawn to two ramblers who need to catch up


The path is varied and walker friendly

And our group meanders along

Remember butter cups?

Pleasant walk

River barges mooring up

Warning: no swimming, no cycling, keep dogs on leads - walkers' ease

Pause toperuse

Walkers strool past the May blossom

A variety of wildlife enjoying the water

Wild daisies - another memory


Tea stop in view!!

Tall and proud

A very old signpost

Steam boats can be hired

All alone, a swan glides past

Tea stop at Runnymede displays Magna Carta from 1215

The penultimate lock on the walk to Staines

The walk can be as long or as short as you choose

The morning sunshine gives way to afternoon chill and spottings of rain

Onwards to Staines (on Thames) now

Each at their own pace

The light through the trees makes the sscenery even more striking

Ancient trees overhang the path in places

The leaves and branches embrace the river

Exotic places to twin with but the railway station is a short walk away and 22 happy and satisfied ramblers make their way home