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Thames Path near Shiplake

There are beautiful walks in this area.  The Thames Path runs through Shiplake and there are many well-marked footpaths in the surrounding countryside.  

The Chiltern Way and the Ridgeway are both nearby.

There is a Walking group in the villages. Details here

Alan Mitchell, the group leader, will be posting details of walks around Shiplake and further afield in this section.

Chilterns Walking Festival - May 15th to 29th 2017


Visit the Chilterns : Walking Festival - Spring 2017

Grab some comfy walking shoes and get ready to explore a host of locations, landscapes and lifestyles during the first ever Chilterns Walking Festival! 

Please find attached the Walking Festival programme featuring 89 walks/events on offer. There are still a few trickling in which will be added to the website http://www.visitchilterns.co.uk/walkingfest.html

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Article created / last edited: 18 April 2017

Sue Ryder Woodland Walk & 'Cake Off'!


A great charity and a chance to test your baking skills... click here to find out more about the walking in the countryside and here for the 'Cake off'....

Test your skills, relax, exercise and support a great cause.....  

Article created / last edited: 15 August 2016

Thames Path Challenge...10k Walk, Jog or Run


 As part of the Challenge of the 100k course from Putney Bridge to Henley you could take part in the  new option on Sunday, September 11th of the 10km Walk, Jog or Run thro' Remenham, starting and finishing at Mill Meadows near Henley Bridge. For more details go to: www.thamespathchallenge.com  

Article created / last edited: 14 June 2016

Thames Path Baton Relay Walk July 2016


The Thames Path 20th ANNIVERSARY Baton Walking Relay Walk - Source to Sea -  takes place in July 2016 ...do you want take part?

 The Shiplake to Marlow Station section takes place on Sunday 17th July starting at Shiplake Station at 10:10am. Find out how to confirm your participation by clicking on this link and responding to the invitation. There is a limit of 50 places. (The distance is said to be 11 miles).Tudor Taylor will be there to wish walkers well on their way...he will likely be one himself! There may also be some local media presence.


Article created / last edited: 1 June 2016

Walks from the Centre of Lower Shiplake

  • Lashbrook Ferry Map
  • Lashbrook Ferry Map

The first one is from the village shop in Lower Shiplake and involves following the course of the Thames Path. Start by taking the path to the left immediately over the level crossing and then go along Bolney Road to the riverside and along to Marsh lock. At that point you can continue along into Henley and downstream for miles just following the Thames Path. Alternatively you can turn inland from the lock up Mill Lane, which brings you out on the main A4155 near the Jet garage. There is a footpath once you have crossed that road , past the YMCA to Harpsden road. Turn left there along the road and past Harpsden Church, then turn left and at that corner there is a footpath through the woods that brings you back onto Woodlands road. At a crossroads turn left onto the footpath that brings you back to the A4155 past the old garden centre. Cross the road and take the footpath on the right across to Northfield Avenue and back to the village shop. Four to four and a half miles in total.

Another walk again starts from the shop. You should follow the Thames Path which runs along Mill Road here. At Lashbrook House follow the path across the fields to the river. The journey to Sonning is about three miles. A return journey on the same route is well worth doing as the scenery seems more attractive coming eastwards!

Starting at the corner shop in Lower Shiplake this walk goes along Mill Road as far as the junction with New Road. Opposite the end of New Road, turn left down past the old Lashbrook Chapel. Keep going straight ahead where you will go round the edge of the garden of Lashbrook and into the corner of the field where the path takes you alongside the railway until it becomes necessary to duck one's head in order to get under the railway and into the open fields beyond. This is a lovely open area and leads to the riverside. In the winter it is often impassable and the tow path is under water  However, in drier times

There is the opportunity of cutting back inland on a footpath, the old route to the now defunct ferry, which comes straight up to the railway bridge and into Ferry Lane. you can walk by the riverside opposite Henley Sailing Club right round to the railway bridge.

You can progress from the riverside at the bridge back to Ferry Lane and then on to the lock, where you can join up with the Thames Path. The Thames Path, as mentioned earlier, gives you endless miles of walking, mostly by the riverside but it is all worth exploring.

Article created / last edited: 23 March 2014