Old Member Robin Simpson has kindly organized this occasion to meet fellow Old Members and other Linacre friends over a leisurely hike along the Thames valley from Tilehurst to Goring. Old Member Professor Nancy Nichols and her husband Mike Green have also offered an opportunity to visit ongoing archaeological excavations of a Roman villa, located a five-minute walk from the Path.
As Robin writes, the route has been chosen to be:
“a) beautiful; it’s a gorgeous riverside walk with ideal picnic spots;
b) on the train line between Oxford and London allowing rendezvous of trains from both directions; and use of return tickets;
c) not too strenuous, that is, sufficiently easy for the organizer, Old Member Robin Simpson (matriculation 1969) to be able to complete.”
The excavation of the Roman Villa has been going on for a number of years, under the auspices of the South Oxfordshire Archaeological Group. Nancy and Mike have volunteered on the dig for a number of summers, and they plan to have a 15 X 3 meter trench uncovered, which has several villa wall sections. There will be a handout and brief talk about the villa, and a small display of finds. It will not be a lengthy visit, but if someone is eager to make a particular train back, they can take a short-cut to the station past the villa, rather than continue on the longer but more scenic route along the river.
Robin plans to call ahead on the day to book afternoon tea in Goring at the the conclusion of the walk for those who wish to do that.
If you would like to hike with us, please contact either Marsaleete.firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com (07966 973830 Robin), to book.