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2020 February 20 Eton Wick - Greyhound


Cold, windy and moist. A little sheltered by the hedge along the river which was flowing very rapidly. The path was mostly good with just a few muddy bits and, of course, a pavement in Eton and over the bridge to Windsor. Our route took us through the old Great Western Railway station now mostly a shopping centre and a shadow of it's former glory. There is a non-functional replica of a Dean "Achilles" class loco on display there. Near the castle, we passed a military band marching down the street. Pictures shot it a hurry so not sharp. Down by the river, lots of swans menacing passers by for food and accompanied by various other water fowl (black headed gulls, Canada geese, mallards and the ubiquitous feral pidgeon). In Eton there was an accidental deviation from the plan as we walked all the way up to Eton College and back along the road rather than across the field known as "South Meadow" (on old maps). It was raining lightly as we approached the Greyhound and came down quite heavily during lunch.

Six of us braved the weather for the walk and were joined by two more in the pub. Food here is inexpensive and simple but never the less most welcome. Ale of choice was the local Windsor & Eton "Knight of the Garter". I also had a Rebellion "Smuggler" (which I prefered). There was a third ale with a red badge which we ignored.

TK

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