Grid reference at start: SU633767
Time: 3 hours
Parking: There are several car parks in Pangbourne
and for the end of the walk leave a car at Reading Station
or Hill's Meadow car park. It is possible to do this walk
using public transport and catching a train from Reading to
BERKSHIRE WALKING AND SAFETY
you leave Pangbourne railway station and meet the main road through
Pangbourne, turn left, going under the railway bridge, then turn
almost immediately right signposted to The Wharf, following the
to the left of the metal railings.
the path round to the left, with Waterside House to your right.
the footpath straight ahead as you cross a driveway.
Boathouse Surgery is on your left.
you meet the road opposite a longstay car park, turn left.
towards the toll bridge, with The Boathouse Surgery on your left
and approaching the Adventure Dolphin Centre on your right.
you get to Adventure Dolphin, look for the footpath sign on the
right taking you down through the car park of Adventure Dolphin,
towards the river.
will join the Thames Path, and it's signposted Thames Path Purley.
about on the river...
the path, with the river on your left, through Pangbourne Meadow.
you leave Pangbourne Meadow, the path deviates slightly away from
the river to the right.
to follow this path into another large meadow.
go over a small concrete bridge and the railway line to Reading
is on your right.
Lock is a hive of activity.
the Thames Path past the weir and Mapledurham Lock, and look to
your left and you'll see Mapledurham House on the other side of
you've passed the lock, go through the wooden gate and take the
Thames Path diagonally right across the meadow, away from the river.
walk out of Pangbourne is extremely peaceful.
towards the metal gate,
and when you reach it, go through the wooden kissing gate to the
right of it.
left onto the gravel road and look out for a children's play area
on your right.
to follow signs for the Thames Path.
road becomes Mapledurham Drive and turns into a single track, tarmac
anyone mention paté.
reach a main road, which is Purley Village road to the right and
St Mary's Avenue on the left.
left onto St Mary's Avenue and at the junction turn right up New
following signs for the Thames Path.
the path over a railway bridge.
you come to the junction with Hazel Road on the left, turn
left down Hazel Road, following the signs for the Thames Path.
see some stunning riverside properties on this walk.
takes you into a small housing estate, past the junction on the
left with Huckleberry Close.
Duncan Gardens on the left.
Farmiloe Close on the left.
The Purley Park Trust on the left.
The Holt on your left, and shortly after that turn right down Skerritt
Way, following the Thames Path signs.
at Caversham Bridge.
on the footpath on the left of the road.
Way becomes a cul-de-sac, so you'll reach a dead-end.
you do, look to the right and you'll see the path going
towards the main road.
up the wide concrete steps, and when they reach the road, turn left
following the Thames Path signs.
geese take time out for a bit of sun-bathing.
you approach The Roebuck Hotel and The Watermans Bar & Restaurant
on the left, there is a sign for the Thames Path, taking you down
alongside The Watermans, across a railway bridge and back onto the
this and turn right following the Thames Path when you reach the
path takes you through a commercial boatyard, keep following the
path alongside The Thames.
path passes through a meadow and you'll spot the green roofs of
the Rivermead Leisure Centre on your right as you approach Caversham.
you reach Caversham, you'll pass behind the Three Men In A Boat
pub and underneath Caversham Bridge.
along the path to Reading Bridge where this part of the walk ends.
Part Nine of the Berkshire Way
Way Part Ten