Ramblers celebrate opening of Shiplake towpath link

Today The Ramblers marked the opening of the riverside route at Shiplake.

This moment has come after years of negotiation so the event was a very special occasion.

Now, having left Shiplake Station and turned into Mill Road, you can go left opposite the junction with New Road. The way is down a lane by Virginia Cottage. A path leads round two corners and under the railway. Just two fields away is the towpath where a plaque has been placed next to a seat.

Just today there was also a table laden with cake and champagne

Walkers should leave the towpath at Wargrave Ferry to turn inland across a field and along a lane by former mill cottages to reach Shiplake Lock.

The addition to the Thames Path is not just a great improvement but a delightful walk.

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