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Arrive at 12 noon for 12.30pm, priced £29.50 per person and includes a two course lunch and a glass of wine.
Setting out from a Cotswold meadow to walk the length of the River Thames, travel writer Tom Chesshyre’s journey begins just a month after Brexit and so he takes the nation’s temperature from the banks of one of England’s most treasured natural icons. Along the riverside of the upper Thames all is calm as the river slowly grows, passing peaceful, quintessentially English villages and progressing to towns and cities seeped in history.
The colourful cast of characters he encounters along the way includes fishermen, lock-keepers, boat-builders, lifeboat men, river police, down-and-outs and a fair few fellow walkers too. He is a guest at a Hindu water ceremony, enjoys Kurdistani riverbank barbecues, sleeps in a shepherd’s hut, gets lost in a marsh (or two), drinks wine at impromptu houseboat parties by Tower Bridge and visits many a jolly hostelry.
Tom Chesshyre revels in the sights, sounds and smells of a long river walk while delving into the river’s past: the crossing of the river by Julius Caesar, the signing of the Magna Carta by its banks and the conversion of Saxon kings to Christianity in its waters, for instance. Published by Summersdale, “From Source to Sea” is a love letter to England’s greatest river – a river that has seen everything and inspired countless writers and artists.
Tom will take questions from the floor and then there will be a book signing organized by Bath bookshop, ‘Mr. B’s Emporium of Reading Delights’.”