Reading to Shiplake

Route type: Circular and Linear Walks

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.