Circular and Linear Walks

A view across the river from the Thames Path

Circular and Linear Walks

A good time to make this walk at Cricklade is in April and May when the fritillaries are in bloom.   It is a wonderful sight – thousands of delicate flowers creating a purple haze on the meadow.



Starting from the car park at Fairview Recreation Field by Calcutt Street (B4040), walk round the edge of the recreation field to the Thames, and follow the Thames Path through the northern side of Cricklade to North Meadow (about 1 mile).   Passing the Red Lion, you can decide whether to fortify yourself with a glass of the Thames Trail Ale before or after your walk. 

In North Meadow, there is a path path around the edge, which is the Thames Path until it leaves the meadow. Staying in the meadow, the path goes round the fritillaries to reed beds beside the River Churn, and bends round to an entrance at Weavers Bridge.  From this point, a network of paths lead back to Cricklade, meeting the Thames Path on the way. There is so much to see that it usually takes about 90 minutes to get round the Meadow although the distance is only 2 miles.

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Distance: 10 miles
Duration: 4 hours
Water walk: This lovely rural walk invites you to explore the city of Oxford before setting off for greener surroundings. Just a
few miles downstream from Oxford you’re encouraged to take a short detour from Iffley Lock to visit the village’s fabulous
Norman church. Continuing the walk downstream you pass through Sandford Lock, which boasts the largest fall of water from
its weir and is a pretty impressive sight. Just beyond Abingdon Lock you reach Abingdon Bridge - the original bridge was built
in 1422 with 14 arches, and the current structure still retains a medieval feel. The walk finishes in Abingdon, one of the most
important historic towns on the River Thames, with a magnificent town hall and abbey founded as early as 675AD.
Refreshments: You will find several pubs dotted along this section of the Thames Path. Try the Isis Tavern, delightfully
situated on the path just before Iffley Lock or the Kings Arms at Sandford Lock.
Train stations: Oxford has good train links. Abingdon does not have a train station but does have an excellent bus service
where you can get a bus back to Oxford.
Boat trips: During the summer months you can walk in one direction and get a boat back. See Salters Steamers
for details.

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Water walk: From Reading train station you can join the Thames Path at Caversham Lock. As you ramble downstream you reach Horseshoe Bridge which crosses the mouth of the Kennet and Avon Canal as it joins the Thames. From Reading to Sonning cyclists can share the Thames Path but once you reach Sonning the path narrows so is only suitable for walkers again. The walk to Shiplake takes you through lovely rural countryside

Refreshments: In Sonning you will find the picturesque Bull Inn, visited by Jerome K Jerome in ‘Three Men in a Boat’. The Bull Inn is just off the Thames Path and can be accessed by walking through a small church graveyard. Alternatively you could start the walk early and reach the Baskerville in Shiplake in time for lunch, just a few minutes walk from the train station.

Distance: 6½ miles
Duration: 2½ hours

Train stations: Reading and Shiplake

Boat trips: During the summer months you can walk in one direction and get a boat back. See for details.

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Henley to Hambleden: (This short route is approximately 2¼ miles, the longer one is 7½ miles. Please see download for details).

Picturesque Henley-on-Thames is located on the banks of the River Thames in Oxfordshire, 6 miles north of Reading.Henley is a historic market town with a wide range of shops, cafes and restaurants to suit most tastes and budgets.

From Henley Hart Street cross the bridge over the River Thames on the left hand side. Once over the bridge turn left, following the signs for the Thames Path toHambleden Lock, the path between the buildings will take you onto the side of the River. Follow the path for 2¼ miles until you reach Hambleden Lock. You can divert to Remenham village to see the traditional brick and flint Church of St Nicholas Remenham.



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The downloadable leaflet features details of hree walks that take you in and around the town of Wallingford -one a stroll by the river and through the town, one taking in the riverside path and two bridges and the third taking in the river and Benson Lock.

Walk 1:  Wallingford Town distance 1.5 miles
Walk 2: Two Bridges distance 2.5 miles
Walk 3:Walk 3 to Benson Lock 3 miles, approximately 1 -1.5 hours

The longer walk is plotted on the map.

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Distance: 6 mile / 9.6 km walk
Approx 3 hours walk

Starting by the River Thames this walk takes you through the historic village of Whitchurch and up into the Chiltern Hills. Spectacular views over the Thames Valley. You will pass through the best of Chilterns scenery, through beech woodlands and open countryside. The walk will take you through the Hartslock Nature Reserve which is carpeted in wild flowers in the summer and has wonderful views over the iver Thames.
There are no stiles on the walk and one short steep climb which can be slippery when wet.
Click below for downloadable details.

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