Grid reference at start: SU718740
Time: 2 hours
Parking: For the start use Hill's Meadow car park by
Reading Bridge, and at the finish try the car park at Ashenbury
Park in Woodley.
BERKSHIRE WALKING AND SAFETY
this walk at Reading Bridge, and get onto the Thames Path by following
the footpath sign through the car park of Thames Water's Clearwater
Court building, turning right onto the Thames Path.
under Reading Bridge and past Caversham Lock.
after Caversham Lock, follow the path which veers right into King's
the path which takes you up onto a railway footbridge (Horseshoe
Bridge) alongside the railway track, and back down to the Thames,
signposted to Sonning and The Loddon.
reach Caversham Lock shortly after leaving Reading.
to the Thames Path with the gas towers to your right.
the canoes and kayak centre on your right, and look out for the
Oracle buildings of Thames Valley Park on your right.
following the Thames Path, ignoring a footpath sign on your right.
you leave Thames Valley Park behind, the path passes through a meadow
and then veers to the right into a wooded copse with The Thames
on your left.
by a boathouse with blue double doors on your right.
part of The Thames gets very busy with barges and pleasure cruisers.
through a series of wooden five-bar gates taking you past Sonning
Lock, and past the back of Reading Blue Coat School.
leave the Thames Path, turning right and following the sign to Parish
Church and Bull Inn.
alongside St Andrew's Church, with the church on your left.
Lock is particularly pretty.
you've passed the church and where several footpaths cross, turn
you approach the wooden gate out of the church yard don't leave
the churchyard, follow the footpath sign taking you sharp right,
almost back on yourself,
with the redbrick wall on your left.
sign takes you away from the Thames Path.
you reach the wooden gate, leave the churchyard through the wooden
gate and onto the road, passing The Bull Inn on your right.
the road bends left, you want to turn right past the No Entry signs
and up the hill.
pass a restaurant and Post Office on your left.
Bull Inn in Sonning is the perfect place to stop for a quick
the road meets the main road, turn left.
past Pearson Hall and Sonning Working Men's Club on your left.
the road bends to the left, take the turning Pound Lane on your
past Sonning C of E Primary School on the right.
you reach the roundabout with the A4, go straight on to Woodley.
restaurant-cum-tea shop is hidden away in Sonning, but you'll
pass it on this walk.
left down Duffield Road.
Sonning Golf Club on your left, and go over the railway bridge continuing
to follow the road.
Willowbank Infants and Junior School on the right.
at the junction with Church Road on the right and Tippings Lane
on the left, turn left.
turn left down Denmark Avenue.
then right into Ashenbury Park.
Part Ten of the Berkshire Way
Way Part Eleven