Great ! Awoke to the sound of rain on the roof of the van . I am still walking I exclaimed out loud , I know came the reply , cup of tea promptly put in my hand . Two Paracetamol later , I felt ready to face the world. The river outside rushing loudly through Chertsey weir. Day was to be fuelled by a breakfast of porridge with blueberries two cups of tea , one last look a the weir and I was off. I crossed back over the bridge and back on the path. Seriously was delighted to see a muddy path as I walked alongside Dumsley Down , lots of dog walkers around and I reached Shepperton Lock and wondered if the ferry would be running , well the boat was there but noone was in it . Decision made I would follow the alternative route , just needed to keep my eyes pealed for the acorn signs . 20minutes later , I crossed the road bridge to Walton on Thames . Buildings here were pretty along the side of the river , with lots of boat houses and boat yards.
The path then is gravel and I pass some water works machinary and along side the path is a victorian fencing and wall which looks like a perimeter to a larger water works estate. The path then followed along side a housing estate , many people out walking with children and dogs following to Hurst park , I could see the bridge and on the far side Hampton Court palace . I reached the bridge , I saw Aj and Dot waiting for me on the banks of the river near the Palace. We ate lunch together , Dot still hobbling poor thing , I know she would have walked with me if she could.
I left them and enjoyed the view of Hampton Court palace as I continued on to Kingston up on Thames , nice gravel path all the way and parakeets for company there were loads , bright green and very noisy . There were rowers on the river as I reached Kingston , where Aj picked me . Great trip and I am looking forward to continuing my journey in a couple of weeks so that I can finish the Thames path
You Tube of this section https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2SK-Y8QRu4