To complete the picture, the final walk of our set, Shiplake Circular, went off smoothly. Twenty-eight people joined us at Shiplake station. Two young women who had driven down from Lincolnshire caught us up at the second swimming place, only to lose us again and find us for the second time just before we left the lunch place. They were a very congenial bunch of people who got on well, many but not all KLPA members. We had some men from the Men’s Pond and the OSS, and a Kazak Russian and her son staying with Margaret. The rain held off and there was some sunshine with cooler temperatures than for the two seaside walks. Nearly everyone had three swims: two at Shiplake College boatyard and one just before Sonning Bridge. We had lunch on a grassy meadow overlooking a branch of the river just after the latter. Shiplake church where Tennyson was married was open so we paid a brief visit. Everyone was ready for the final swim when we got back to Shiplake boatyard. We just had time for a quick drink in the garden of the Baskerville pub before catching the 18.28 train home. Everyone enjoyed the day and many asked when the next walk was… ‘
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