Having completed our Thames Path walks I am now catching up on writing them up. This is the oldest one which did over two and a half years ago!
Date of Walk: 7 May 2012
Approx Distance of Walk: 4 miles/6.5 km.(There and back)
Parking/Transport: Car Park on Mill Lane, Henley-on-Thames (Grid Ref SU 771817)
Starting Point: Mill Lane, Henley-on-Thames.
Finishing Point: Shiplake Lock.
We started the walk just upstream of Henley-on-Thames.
It is a short walk from the car park to the river, and very soon we see Marsh Lock.
There is a lot of debris in the river after recent heavy rains and high water levels.
From the lock, a wooden walkway makes you feel as if you are walking on the river!
The walkway bypasses the weir and leads us back to the river bank path.
A curious looking bride (referred to in the guide book as a cyclopian [sic] bridge) of huge rocks catches the eye on the other side of the river. It is in the grounds of Park Place and is called Conway's Bridge (after a former owner. In 2011 Park Place was sold for £140 million, making it the most expensive house in the UK.)
This gabled boathouse is one of the many properties on the estate.
After a while the path turns away from the river and a footpath leads past this extraordinary garden with an impressive minature railway.
Even more impressive is the station building.
The Thames Path continues along a footpath behind riverside properties and eventually leads to Shiplake railway station (the real one!). It is then nearly another kilometer to walk along a quiet residential street before finally reaching Shiplake lock.
The Lock House.
Having reached our destination at the lock, we decided to return by a different route and follow the river bank around a bend in the river. There is a footpath marked on the map but for some reason the Thames Path does not take this route.
We followed the river with views of some very attractive properties over at Wargrave.
Beautifully manicured lawn.
However as we returned to the Thames Path at Lashbrooke it became quite boggy underfoot, and maybe this is the reason that the National Trail does not follow the river here.
We rejoined our outward route to enjoy some beautiful early evening sunshine over the walkway at Marsh Lock.
Another pleasant walk completed on a nice spring day!