10. Henley to Reading

The exit from Henley is as attractive as the entry from the north. At Marsh Lock the towpath runs out on a long wooden horse bridge into the middle of the river before passing Happy Valley. After Shiplake, where the water is briefly lost behind riverside residences, the Thames is a green corridor into Reading by way of attractive Sonning.

Refreshments

Henley: The Henley Tea Rooms, Thames-Side (on riverside just upstream of The Angel).

Henley: Angel on the Bridge. 11am-midnight. Food 12-3pm & 6pm-10pm (Sat 12-10pm & Sun 12-7pm).

Shiplake (Station end): The Baskerville Arms, Station Road. 11am-2.30pm & 6-11pm. (Sun 12-3.30pm & 7-10.30pm). Food until 2.30pm & 9.30pm except Sun evening.

Sonning: The Post Office, High Street. Open daily except Monday for coffee, tea and cream cakes. (Walk through the churchyard, past The Bull and turn right.)

Sonning: The Bull, next to the churchyard. 11am-3pm & 5.30-11pm. All day at weekends.
Reading: Tesco cafe, on towpath between Horseshoe Bridge and King’s Meadow.

Accommodation

Henley: Alfrudis, 8 Norman Avenue RG9 1SG (01491 572161)
Henley: Alushta Bed & Breakfast, 23 Queen Street RG9 1AR (01491 636041).
Henley: Avalon, 36 Queen Street, RG9 1AP (01491 577829).
Henley: Lenwade, 3 Western Road, RG9 1JL (01491 573468).

Henley: Swiss Farm campsite (01491 573419). Mar-Oct.Take right fork at end of Bell Street.

Shiplake (Station end): The Baskerville Arms, Station Road. RG9 3NY (0118 940 3332).

Shiplake: Garden Room, Ashburton House, Lashbrook Road RG9 3NX (0118 940 2203).

Sonning: Great House at Sonning, Thames Street RG4 6UT (0118 969 2277).

Sonning: The Bull, High Street RG4 6UP (0118 969 3901). Next to churchyard.
Shiplake: The Baskerville Arms, Station Road, RG9 3NY (0118 9403332). Near station.
Shiplake: 1 Kingsley, Crowsley Road RG9 3LU (0118 9403626). Off Mill Lane near lock.

Transport

Henley: National Rail.
Shiplake: National Rail.
Reading: National Rail.

Tourist Information

Henley: King’s Arms Barn, King’s Road, RG9 2DG (01491 578034).

Map

OS Explorer 171 (Chiltern Hills West).

From the Sea to the Source