Winnersh Triangle to Reading


My parents and I wanted a walk that was easy to get to, so we came up with this one. Winnersh Triangle is a railway station on the line between Staines and Reading, which seems to have been built for an office complex of the same name. From there, the River Loddon runs to the Thames. We decided to follow the paths that run by or near it.

Starting from the railway station we had to walk along a major road for a short distance until we reached the river by an ugly multiplex cinema.

This place clearly wants you to know that they sell hot tubs.
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River Loddon

We met the river at the point where the railway and the A3290 both cross it.

Railway bridge.
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Road bridge (and arrow). DOCK, CHILD (?) on top of the graffiti.
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Road and rail bridges. Graffiti in background NELLY and possibly GOOF.
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We followed the riverside path for a bit until it diverged from the river and took us past, bizarrely, the Museum of Berkshire Aviation. I had assumed this was probably a slightly misnamed aviation museum that just happens to be in Berkshire, but it really is about aviation within the county; it’s on part of the site of a former airfield and aeroplane factory. (The rest of the site has mostly been turned into enormous housing estates, naturally.)

Origami aeroplane. (Not sure I‘d bet on this one escaping the Winnersh Triangle.)
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Pillbox (sealed up) by museum.
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By an old mill (now a large house) we rejoined the riverside path.

River near mill.
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Road bridge over river.
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Emm Brook (from left) joins the River Loddon.
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Apart from aeroplane manufacture, the main local industry appears to have been gravel extraction. There were numerous lakes in the area as a result.

And some nice quarry-style bridges.
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After some distance we had to leave the river, following a minor road for a short way then crossing a field with horses and a footbridge, finally arriving at a pub.

Lands End? Well, kind of...
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After stopping in the pub for a quick drink, we went to admire the end of the land.

It‘s a ford. I like the ’You have been warned‘ sign.
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Certainly doesn‘t look like one to walk through.
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After getting slightly lost (I had incorrectly guessed there would be a way to pass through a small housing estate), we managed to cross the New Bath Road and walk down a long semi-surfaced road named Milestone Avenue. One side of the road was occupied with large expensive houses, some of which had names while others had (inconsistent) numbers.

End of the road.
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We then followed a footpath to the Thames, where we stopped to eat our lunch. This section is on the opposite bank from the Thames Path, and was relatively empty by comparison.

Ducks and scum.
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The path approached Sonning.

Bent by the power of the mind by the Erhlich Brothers. Apparently.
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And this is Uri Geller‘s house. Nice sign.
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Sonning Bridge.
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The bridge from the inside.
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We went to admire the church, which is near the site of an old Bishop‘s Palace (of which nothing remains).

Strange grille in wall.
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Doll in church pillar.
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Altar and stained glass.
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Chandelier with angel.
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Nice wall.
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Commemorative gateway built in 1948 from bricks of bombed London houses.
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Thames Path

The rest of our walk followed the Thames Path back to Reading, past the grounds of the Reading Blue Coat private school and then through riverside parkland, with large office buildings in the background.

Arrows on the trees. (Up then left, apparently.)
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Gasholder behind railway line.
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Nice orange lifeboat.
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The River Kennet (with the Kennet and Avon canal) joins the Thames at Reading.

Bridge over Kennet mouth (1).
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Bridge over Kennet mouth (2). ’To dare to dream‘.
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Reading Bridge is being repaired, and the towpath is closed as a result. We left the Thames slightly early by the lock, then walked the short distance to the station.

Empty overhead gantry. Aren‘t they supposed to be electrifying this line?
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What a nice yellow railway bridge.
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