There follows an update on the current state of the Thames Path between Datchet and Temple Lock.
Three steps onto the path, and there’s unavoidable puddle number 1. Ankle deep, but only little.
Unlike this one. Ankle deep and substantially longer.
After which it was mostly okay until just before Maidenhead… though had I known the path better, I could have avoided this one by sticking on the road until I reached the bridge.
Next hazard was just after Bourne End…
… though it was essentially heavy weather all the way from there to Marlow.
But the worst section was just leaving Marlow, when the path disappeared completely for about 100 yards…
…before returning in the form of puddly goo.
Fortunately, at Temple Lock, I crossed paths with a local runner who pointed me in the direction of a parallel path back to Marlow.
Verdict: navigable, unpleasant in places, muddy as hell but with a handy shoe-wash at the end.