All the leaves had fallen from the pollarded trees, providing an uncluttered reflection on the still river.
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A path along the Thames was among the original list of long-distance routes proposed by the Hobhouse Committee in 1948, and was finally opened as a National Trail in 1996. The path is designated as ‘easy’ walking by the Ramblers’ Association.
The Thames Path follows the length of the river from its source near Kemble in Gloucestershire to the Thames Barrier at Charlton, London. It is 184 miles long (296 km). All of it can be walked, although the section west of Oxford may flood in winter, and downstream from Teddington where it is tidal, the path may temporarily disappear at high tide.
In 2001, a 10-mile (16-km) extension to the Path was opened, extending it eastwards from the Thames Barrier to Crayford Marshes, and connecting it with the London Loop. It is not officially designated as part of the National Trail.
Port Meadow is an area of common land. The right of people to graze their animals on the land free of charge is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086, and horses and cattle still graze there today. Port Meadow has never been ploughed and is treasured for its wild flowers and the fritillaries in particular.