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Walks along River Thames: From Wallingford to Reading

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The historical town of Wallingford received its charter in 1155. Little remains of its medieval castle, but the pub by the river invites for a rest (the food though would benefit from a visit by Gordon Ramsey).

At Wallingford you can cross the river, or jog if you prefer a fitness test, to Crowmarsh Gifford, and then follow the Ridgeway along the riverbank.

 
The Ridgeway to Goring passes along old village churches, river locks, fancy homes and plenty of picturesque countryside.
 

 

 

From Goring to Reading, the Railway from Bristol and the West to London is following the Thames River, passing under the bridge dating back to the days when Isambard  Brunel build the Great Western railway. The railway offers opportunities for hikers who can join the train at local stops along the route.

               

An unmissable photo opportunity is the beautiful village of Whitchurch-on-Thames, across the river from Pangbourne.

The Thames Path runs from Pangbourne along the river past Mapledurham Lock, through Purley, and then along the railway and across the meadows to Reading

An alternative paths also suitable for cyclists runs from Whitchurch across moderate slopes North of the Thames via Mapledurham to Caversham. Those animals on the fields near Whitchurch are alpacas.

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Text and photos: Klaus Meyer, 2008

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