Trip To Reading Via Oxford: Pt 5 – Eton, Berkshire

After a good look around the Royal Town of Windsor, we crossed over Windsor Bridge which links the two towns over the River Thames.

Eton:

Status: Windsor & Maidenhead Unitary District, Berkshire, Town, England

Date: 03/11/2013

Travel: Merseyrail (Southport – Liverpool Lime Street via Liverpool Central), London Midland (Liverpool Lime Street – Birmingham New Street), Cross Country (Birmingham New Street – Reading via Oxford), First Great Western (Reading – Windsor via Slough), Virgin Trains (Birmingham New Street – Wigan North Western), Northern Rail (Wigan Wallgate – Southport)

Eating & Sleeping: N/A

Attractions: Eton College, Windsor Bridge, River Thames etc

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This is Windsor Bridge, looking back at Windsor itself. Opened in 1824, the bridge has three arches and although it was originally a road bridge, cracks were found in the supports in 1970 and it was closed to traffic for safety reasons. It is perfectly safe to cross, and it is much more pleasant to walk over the river without accompanying cars, to look down the river.

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The town itself is quite old, and has plenty of old buildings through it’s streets. It is well known as the location of Eton College, founded in 1440 by King Henry VI. 19 separate British Prime Ministers have been educated at Eton, including the most recent Prime Minister, David Cameron.

We only had a short walk into Eton, whilst we were in the area and it was soon time to walk back over Windsor Bridge into Windsor and get back to the train station.

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The final view we got of our long trip down South, from Oxford to Reading, to Slough and then Windsor, and finally Eton, was looking up the River Thames from Windsor Bridge, as we started our long journey back…

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