Thames Path: Henley to Reading


The day after Boxing Day, 2008, Mum and Dad and I walked another stretch of the Thames Path: from Henley to Reading.


Henley's on a branch line, so in order to get there we had to change at Twyford (mostly known for an anti-road campaign on nearby common land). We had nearly an hour to wait for the next train, so we took a walk around.

Nice typography on this sign by the graveyard.
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A church building.
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The Thames

Reaching Henley and heading along the river, we crossed a neat walkway that went over almost the whole river behind a weir.

Water flowing through one of the sluice-gates.
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The weir is quite nicely made; don't think I've seen one with arches like that elsewhere.
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Henley is definitely home to the rich, as well as a famous annual regatta.

Here's a combination of both: a pretty boathouse across the river.
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Our path left the river and crossed the railway line we'd taken earlier at a (very) small town called Shiplake.

And in the sky overhead, we saw this. Don't know what it is, some kind of bird of prey.
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We rejoined the river and continued along it.

Here's the end of one of many islands in the centre.
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When we stopped to eat lunch, a robin obligingly perched nearby.
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I guess the river's deep.
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Natural sculpture.
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The sun wasn't really in the right place to take a picture of Sonning Bridge, but I tried anyhow.
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So there's a small (and very twee) place called Sonning. We went to take a look around the very-fancy church.

It has lots of pointy bits.
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Low sun shining through the churchyard gate and making shadows of the trees.
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Altar and decorated roof.
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Funny little guys in the wall.
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To Reading

After that we basically continued along the river to Reading.

View across the river to trees and a lake beyond.
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Gasholder sunset.
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The Kennet and Avon Canal (reopened in 1990) leaves the river through this railway bridge and its accompanying crazy footbridge.
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That's it; Reading station isn't far from the river, and we didn't see much else of interest on the way there (partly because it was getting a bit dark, partly because Reading's a bit of a hole).

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