A Walk Through History, 18 September 2019

On a lovely late-summer day Chris Lloyd led 20 of us to Dorchester (with a stop at the abbey), Little Wittenham and Day's Lock.

Here we held our own Poohsticks championship (see photos). This is a game first mentioned in The House at Pooh Corner, a Winnie-the-Pooh book by A. A. Milne. It's a simple game which may be played on any bridge over running water; each player drops a stick on the upstream side of a bridge and the one whose stick first appears on the downstream side is the winner. The annual World Poohsticks Championships have been held at Day's Lock on the River Thames since 1984.

After this excitement we continued to Wittenham Clumps for lunch, and then back to the start via Brightwell-cum-Sotwell and Shillingford.

Photos by Mary Jones