Travellers have used the Ridgeway for over 5,000 years, it's 87 miles in length and travellers continue to do so today (22nd August) like us ...
These signs are on most of the gates along the pathway warning of electric fencing where there are cattle in the field
Walking towards Moulsford Bridge which is in fact two bridges the original (on the far side in the picture above) being designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Another wild mooring we could use if in need although it may be a bit noisy from some of the trains
Sloes will be plentiful this year!
That's where we're heading ... South Stoke
Busy boats under the bridge
Original bridge (1838) on the left and the connecting maintenance platforms which join the two twin-lined railway bridges, the second of which was built in 1892.
That's interesting ... 24-hour moorings opposite ...
Sheridan Marine where David kindly took George to collect a gas bottle that we'd ordered a few weeks ago
Unusual boat shape that.
Some very pretty houses, but not on the same level as in North Stoke yesterday
The Corner House ...
for obvious reasons!
St Andrew's Church ... but we'll come back to that later
Kate's Cottage (not the Little House, that's next door!)
A slightly different slant to a cat on a hot tin roof!
The Perch and Pike as I say we may well be back here
The Old Vicarage ... how things change!
Turning left into South Street, under Moulsford Bridge to the Community Shop. The shop was open but
unfortunately (or as George though) fortunately there was no food available for a light lunch. It's a well stocked shop for locals run by local volunteers. We purchased some local pies and very nice bottle of Black Shiraz ... so ... where to next I wonder?
The Perch and Pike of course ...
Where we enjoyed our dinner (main meal of the day) ... slow cooked pork belly for me and seafood linguine for himself ... delicious!
So the last on the list ...
The current building which is St Andrew's Church dates back to 1200 and replace the earlier church dating back to 1080
Fragment of 16th century Elizabethan wall painting discovered in 1962/3
13th century octagonal font
Looking down the Nave to the 15th century Tower click on this link for 'The Ringers Rules of 1875'
We leave St Andrew's and return to The Ridgeway ...
Back under Moulsford Bridge where we noticed some damage on the original bridge and the different colours of the underside where they have been repaired in places
The cows are now enjoying their dinner ...
and George finds a Red Kite's feather
Still Rockin' is still where we left her ... thank goodness!
It's been a mostly cloudy day with occasional glimpses of the sun ... this is the sky at 7pm ... rather dramatic!