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                                             Entering the lock at Goring

Given the reputation of Midsomer Country it still did not deter 48 London Plant Region Associates from assembling at the usual pick up point on a very warm June morning to board our coach  and embark on a tour followed by a cruise on the River Thames.
As we had to pick up our City & Village Guide at 1015 we made a direct route to the little village of Benson in Oxfordshire where our guide Graham was waiting to be picked up. Following a short drive to Dorchester we left the coach and made our way into The George public house where a welcoming cup of tea / coffee & biscuits were awaiting.
Opposite the pub was Dorchester Abbey where we all grouped up for the first part of our tour. In one of the episodes tiles had fallen off (pushed off !!) the roof to claim the first victim so all were very aware!! Graham gave a very in depth account of the abbey and indeed how a small village had such a very large building. There was also the village post office that had been used in several episodes.
Following a short walk around we all made our way back into the pub where lunch consisting of Cottage Pie, Fish Pie or Pasta had been pre-ordered. Given that the weather was quite hot glasses of real ale, ice cold wine and all manner of alcoholic beverages were enjoyed by all. 
Following lunch we all boarded the coach again for a tour of the area where we were shown several locations which have been used. On route we also passed the house where Agatha Christie used to live. We finally arrived at Wallingford where an hour’s free time was given before boarding our cruise boat. Once again several buildings in the town are used for location filming.
Once on board the boat we all set off for a 1.5 hours jaunt along the River Thames from Wallingford to Goring Gap. This took us through some spectacular countryside and 2 locks had to be negotiated before we all disembarked to rejoin the coach. 
Once back on board we had to say our thanks and goodbyes to Graham, and drop him off at Benson where we picked him up before heading back to Essex.
All agreed that it had been a superb day, a little bit of messing about on the river had been undertaken and more importantly everyone survived Midsomer Country and made it back safe and sound.
                     London Associates outside Dorchester Abbey
                           Boarding the boat at Wallingford
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