Ramblers member to get epic Thames river relay underway

Stuart Dyer

Stuart is the longest serving member of the Cirencester Ramblers

Stuart Dyer of the Cirencester Ramblers will be leading a walk from the start of the Thames on Sunday 1 September, kicking off a source to sea relay along the iconic river which will take place over more than a fortnight.

The 15-day relay will also see people swim, kayak, canoe, row and sail sections of the Thames from its source near Kemble in Gloucestershire to Tower Bridge in London as part of celebrations for the Mayor's Thames Festival.

Starting from the Thames Head stone near Kemble which marks the official source of the river, Stuart’s walk will take the relay to Cricklade in Wiltshire where he will hand over to the Outdoor Swimming Society who will swim the second stage to Lechlade.

During the walk a small bottle will be filled with water from the Thames which will be passed along each stage of the relay via various river craft before eventually becoming part of the Museum of Water, a live artwork by Amy Sharrocks.

Stuart is the longest serving member of the Cirencester Ramblers. His walk from Kemble to Cricklade is 12 miles long and will begin at 10am on Sunday 1 September. Full details of all the stages of the relay can be found at thamesfestival.org.