This section is 12.3 miles (19.7km) long - a map of it can be downloaded below.
Reading is a busy, lively place but the route of the Thames Path is surprisingly quiet for it keeps to the north, least urbanised part of the town. Once Reading is left behind, you'll enjoy a landscape of gentle wooded hills, fine houses and, of course, the ever-widening River Thames.
From Reading to Sonning cyclists can share the Thames Path but from Sonning, with its lovely 18th century hump-backed bridge, the Trail narrows and is for walkers only.
Kennet and Avon Canal
East of Reading the River Kennet enters the River Thames. It provides access to the Kennet and Avon Canal and its towpath that can be walked all the way west as far as Bath. Your path crosses the Kennet via the old Horseshoe Bridge.