Shiplake Lock

Reading to Henley walk

11-Mar-16 • Saturdaywalker on Flickr

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Marsh Lock, Henley

Reading to Henley walk

11-Mar-16 • Saturdaywalker on Flickr

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Tiger Moth

on the Thames at Kings Meadow

30-Nov-14 • magyardave2002 on Flickr

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Up the Oxford or...

over the Bristol?

30-Nov-14 • magyardave2002 on Flickr

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Thames Path pollards....

...what a load of pollards....

30-Nov-14 • magyardave2002 on Flickr

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Sonning Lock

in late Autumn

30-Nov-14 • magyardave2002 on Flickr

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The Bull, Sonning

from church graveyard - where you will end up sooner rather later if you spend too much time drinking in the pub.

30-Nov-14 • magyardave2002 on Flickr

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Thames Path : Reading to Henley walk

A pretty stretch of the Thames towpath


This is a list of previous times this walk has been done by the club (since Jan 2010). For more recent events (since April 2015), full details are shown.

Updated: Wed, 26-Jun-19

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Sun, 16-Jul-17

A gentle amble along the Thames Path

SWC Walk 61 Reading to Henley

Distance 14.8km (9.2m); toughness 1/10

Trains: 10.13 London Paddington (Ealing Broadway 10.21) arrives at Reading 11.11
or catch a fast train at 10.27 direct to Reading (arriving 11.02) and wait for the arrival of the slow train.

Return trains from Henley are at xx:16 and xx:46 mins past the hour changing at Twyford

Buy a day return to Reading but be prepared to pay a single fare from Henley to Twyford.

if you leave Reading station at around 11.15 you should have a relaxed amble to Sonning and get there around 12.30ish for lunch at the very popular Bull pub- please ring ahead.

This is a simple walk along a pleasant section of the River Thames, keeping to the riverside path throughout. The Thames Path turns inland for a while between Shiplake Lock and while passing through the village of Shiplake, but then returns to the riverbank for a very pretty section past Marsh Lock. with its dramatic weirs, and through a riverside park into Henley where the Chocolate cafe is the usual spot for tea and cakes.

Click here for more information about the walk, including an alternative lunch stop and click on the pdf button for the walk instructions. T=swc.61
The Thames Path route just after Shiplake Station is quite overgrown, a more pleasant option would be to take the next left along Bolney Road.
There is no 10.04 train leaving Paddington: walk poster please resolve.
It's worth mentioning that walkers should have either GPS or a compass for this walk, since it takes many twists and turns through woodland. It's a sandwich eater's paradise, with as many as a score of benches passed during the day.
Oops... right comment; wrong walk. It should have been for the Broxbourne circular
Sat, 08-Oct-16 17

Saturday Second Walk - an easy but beautiful walk along The Thames

SWC Walk 61 - Reading to Henley
Length: 14.8km (9.2 miles)
Toughness: 1 out of 10 - entirely flat

9.57 train (a big mainline one, destination Bristol Temple Meads) from Paddington to Reading, arriving 10.25.

(From Ealing Broadway it is quicker to get a train into Paddington to connect wth the above, but if you want to travel direct there is a 9.13 stopping service that gets to Reading at 10.21).

Buy a day return to Reading.

This is a very simple walk along the Thames Path, but there are a few places where you can go wrong, and these brief directions ensure you do not do that.

Simple does not mean ordinary, however. I gave this walk a check in March and had a dreamy day out (see the first five photos on the walk's photo page) and found lots to delight me. To begin with you are in the park-like surrounds of Reading but you soon escape into a quiet wooded section. Then past the delightful Sonning Lock and to Sonning itself. The Bull Inn here is a very charming and popular pub, but now has some competition from a new establishment by the river - the Coppa Club: see walk directions for details.

After lunch you have to cross the river (one of the crucial directions in the walk document!) and then there is an isolated section where the river meanders between fields, before you come to Shiplake, with its charming riverside meadows. You are forced a bit "inland" here, and you could take an early train back from Shiplake after 11.1km (6.9 miles). There is even a pub here to act as a tea stop.

But better by far is to push on to Henley, on a route which takes you past posh houses and then out into a lovely watermeadow, past beautiful Marsh Lock and into Henley with its nice tea options.

Trains back from Henley are at 24 past. Your return ticket to Reading may be accepted or you may have to pay a single for the relatively short hop from Reading to Twyford, where the two routes converge.
17, overcast but dry
14 set off from the station at the recommended time, 2 later comers joined the group at lunch, one early starter met us at Chocolate Factory in Henley. A nice and easy walk but scenic and enjoyable nonetheless. All stopped at The Bull nice food and good service (food came very quickly) but expensive. We got to the pub before 12pm. So it is worth while to consider a later start if this walk comes up again. A small group pressed on to Henley or took the train from Shiplake (not sure). 9 stopped at Baskerville Arms for tea where Brexit debate has become rather heated. Another tea stop at Chocolate Factory, where ice creams were consumed to cool down the debate but several others could not take the heat and went to explore Henley. We took 4:20pm train back to London. A divided country, but we are keeping on walking....
Wed, 25-Feb-15 Reading to Henley
Sun, 30-Nov-14 5 Reading to Henley
Sun, 29-Dec-13 4 Reading to Henley
Sun, 18-Nov-12 Reading to Henley
Sat, 14-Jan-12 Reading to Henley
Sat, 11-Dec-10 Reading to Henley
Sun, 04-Oct-09 Thames Path : Reading to Henley
Sat, 19-Jul-08 Thames Path : Reading to Henley
Sun, 02-Mar-08 Thames Path : Reading to Henley
Sat, 29-Dec-07 Thames Path : Reading to Henley