The river Thames runs through Marlow, you can see all of the big and pretty expensive houses along the riverside, especially if you go walking through Higginson Park, and also there are a whole load of yachts along the riverside.
The Marlow Regatta (boat race) always used to start here at Higginson Park, but although Higginson Park still holds the fair for it, the actual boat race is now held down in Dorny in Berkshire: I don't know why, there's plenty of river etc here. I expect the snootys ddin't like all the drunken revelry that the boat race brought along with it?
I've been down here on an evening with my husband to go to the fair after the boat race, and you get all the yuppie type that can't hold their booze acting like complete @ssholes, not a very pretty sight I can tell you.
Also, about once a year, Higginson Park has a French market, that's quite a cool thing to visit.
Oh, and thanks to my husband, Chris, it worth noting that there are some clean public toilets here too.
Believe it or not? This little suspension bridge over the Thames at Marlow is quite pretty. It is only a one way at a time traffic system on there, and has been like that for the last few years, not that the ignorant people on the opposite end ever take any notice of it anyway. We think that there should be traffic lights each side, that would be much better and more fairer, but I suspect that the people of Marlow would moan that traffic lights would spoil the view.
This bridge was built between 1829 and 1832, but there has in fact been a bridge here since before the early 13th century so that there was easy access from London through from Berkshire.
I really love suspension bridges, so when I read that there was a nice little on in Marlow of course I was keen to check it out. The Marlow suspension bridge was built between 1829 and 1832. It replaced a wooden bridge that was situated a bit downstream, and had become too small for the amount of traffic wanting to use it.
The bridge is 72 metres long. To help preserve it for future generations to enjoy, the weight restriction has been lowered to 3 ton, so large trucks can no longer cross it.
I would recommend a wander across the bridge, a few photos, and some time to rest on the side and gaze down the river, watching the long boats and the swans go by.
You have to...they expect it. Stand by the river bank and an expectant horde of water fowl will swiftly arrive.
But all things in moderation. It's not all that good for them, and left overs can encourage vermin.
A walk along the Thames River (across from the church after you head down the High Street toward the bridge), can be mildly pleasant if the weather is good and the footpaths haven't turned into mud.
But wouldn't you rather be in Germany or Denmark?
This guy is a national hero in Britain. In the Sydney Olympics (2000) he bacame (if I remember correctly) the only Olympian to win gold medals in five consecutive Olympics. No we aren't just talking a sport like basket weaving here, we're talking rowing, one of the toughest physical sports going. Not only that, about 4 years before Sydney, he was diagnosed as diabetic. He almsot gave up, but carried on training despite numerous health problems, and won gold in a coxless 4.
If you're not sure who this is, it is Sir Steve Redgrave CBE (he was knighted after his fifth gold medal). This statue was unveiled by the Queen in May 2002.
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Sitting by the lock you can almost imagine Victorian women in hats and long flouncing skirts strolling along here, enjoying the scenery, watching the lock keeper and his assistants open the gate manually. Sure the gates are operated electronically these days, but you can imagine what it would be like then. And yes there are some new homes within sight, but as you look towards the weir you could be in the 19th century.
Right next to the Suspension Bridge you can see the All Saints Parish Church. The present church was rebuilt in 1835. However there used to be a much older one on the same site already back in the 11th century. Again to read a bit more about the history please click on the link below.
The Marlow suspension bridge connects the northern to the southern side of Marlow. Well that's what bridges do, connecting things, now don't they? The bridge was built from 1829-1832 by W. Tierney, the same engineer who constructed the bridge between Buda and Pest in Hungary!
We walked from the town centre to the other side. We passed a nice terrace, but continued walking and took a left into some street. There was open house day so we popped in at a house, well actually the garage, where they had made an art gallery. The aquarels were quite nice to see and reasonably priced.
When walking through the park in the town centre you could watch a game of cricket. Doesn't matter if you skip an hour or something since most games last all day. ;-) The park is sitiuated next to the river Thames. You can follow the Thames Path here. Walking along the path will give you some great vistas. On the other side of the river you can see this church, the All Saints in the town of Bisham. The church has quite some history dating back all the way to the 12th century. Take a look at the link below to read more about that.
Higginson Park is a really lovely park on High Street. It runs along the Thames - it's a very large park- I haven't walked all through it, yet- but i understand there is a path that continues down the length of the river. On the sunday I was there, it was filled w/familes and there was a merry-go-round & bouncy castle. There is a place to buy ice cream and maybe food as well- I spent the afternoon lounging about and reading. A really nice relaxing activity for a weary traveller.
All Saints Church in Marlow is also known as the Church by the bridge (because it is by the Marlow Bridge).
It is quite an imposing building and being right by the bridge, it is also right by the Thames. The current church of All Saints dates from 1835. There had been earlier churches on the site, but at least one of these had collapsed - it had also been known to flood!
The oldest bell in the belfry was cast in 1694 by Samuel Knight of Reading. The Spire you can see here in this picture needed extensively restoration between 1990-3.
If it is a nice day, nothing beats a stroll along the Thames. You can watch the rowers and scullers go past as well as powered boats. There are ducks, swans, and pubs nearby too!
If you are really keen you can walk for miles and miles along the Thames paths. They tend to go from town to town. If it has been raining recently though, be careful as they can be very muddy and slippery, and wear some insect repellent too as there are a lot of biting insects. In England there aren't any illnesses to be caught, just the irritation afterwards.
Marlow is on the River Thames. This has a large influence on the town, and it tends to be an expensive place to live.
In the background you can see Marlow Bridge, which is quite narrow and causes congestion in the town.
In the foreground you can see some sculling boats and rowing boats. Scullers have an oar in each hand, rowers only have one oar per person. Therefore it is not possible to one rower to row a boat very far. If you see a single person in a boat, you can guarantee it is a sculler and not a rower - unless of course the rest of his crew have fallen out the boat...