Gayle and Deian arrived at ours on Friday night , I had already suggested we walk along the Thames path to Gayle on the phone . Not sure she was prepared for the length and the muddiness of the Thames path. I explained the route to them both and as none of us had been to Henley before we were looking forward to the walk. Next morning we made sandwiches and packed lunch , Aj was going to drop us off at Tilehurst and meet us later at Henley. No Dot with us this time as she has sore pads in her feet after doing a road walk earlier in the week.
We arrived at Tilehurst at about 1030hrs , the path led us over the railway , then down on to the Thames path , we were soon able to view outstanding properties along the Thames. We came across the Reading promenade and a rowing club with boat house.At Reading we walked beside some river side residential buildings and past some bridges , road bridges and footbridges. At Caversham there was an island in the river with a bowls club . We then walked alongside sports fields and over a river inlet along side the railway again the landscape urban with grafitti and my first shopping trolley in the river ,the footpath well made and gravelled easy walking so far.
Deian was becoming hungry , well he is teenager , we approached Sonning with a lovely bridge and also a pub, The Great House . The weather was becoming wet so we took the opportunity to have a sit down , a beer , hot chocolate for Deian , we were given our own Igloo to sit in and Deian was able to have some of his packed lunch .
As we left the pub we went across the bridge and followed the Thames path signs. We went across a foot bridge as there seemed to be water everywhere , to our left and to our right . We saw a little sign saying Henley 2 hours that way , so off we went . The path was very muddy , weather continued to be drizzly . Gayle and I ate our packed lunch as we walked , the river was full .
We walked past Shiplake college and its lovely boat house. Shortly we left the Thames and walked away from it and through Shiplake a lovely village with pretty cottages . We then followed the path over a railway crossing and down a side path between buildings , bringing us out on a private road, we followed it past some very large houses the last one having its own narrow gadge railway , with a small station in the garden.
We rejoined the Thames , oh my the path was wet we were almost paddling , Aj was following us on the Viewranger app and text me to say he was in the pub by the bridge at Henley . We knew we were near but the going was heavy and we were getting leg weary. Through a gap in the trees however we came to Marsh Lock , it took our breath away the bridges over the river was made of wood , I can’t express how stunningly beautiful the Thames was at that moment with the rushing river going through the lock .
Once over the bridges we found ourselves nearer to the centre of Henley walking along the riverside path now a proper tarmac path , we walked past the Rowing museum and could see the Angel pub by the bridge , the street lights now lit as we approached 1600hrs it was being to get dark. Once inside , Aj had already bought us a pint and it was well needed. Have to say it was a good day and I enjoyed the variety of the scenery . I am going to wait a couple of weeks before I go back to the Thames path , the river was very full and areas were flooded , also I am going to need to plan getting to Henley , for the next leg of the Thames path
We joined the path at Tilehurst and was greeted by the sign
Soon back to the stunning river side properties ,
Duck at Reading
Fountain at Reading
River side sculpture
Looking over the bridge
The Thames is that way
The pub and igloos from the other side of the river
Old sycamore tree
Shiplake school boat house
Our wow moment
The Angel pub
Well earned pint