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Walks along River Thames: from Sonning to Henley

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The lock near Sonning



The church in Sonning

Sonning Bridge 


A heron watches out for fish

Walkers on an afternoon excursion  enjoy the 'Thames Path' from from Reading to the historical villages of Sonning, which has a particularly picturesque lock, village church and bridge.

A boater watches the heron

Sonning is a popular destination for dinners on a special day out; wedding parties are frequently seen. Others head for the 'Mill at Sonning', a converted mill now offering theatre performances with dinner inclusive. Most people come by car, but some prefer to travel by boat.

Between Sonning and Shiplake, the Thames passes many dream homes that might feature in 'Grand Designs', some complete with their own boat house. Most of us can only dream off buying a house here after a major win in the lottery. A fancy estate North of Shiplake even has a miniature train line and station in the garden. But here is also lots of open landscape and meadows with grazing cows in this area.

As we approach Henley, the homes overlooking the river from Wargrave become even more fancy...

Finally, we reach Henley on Thames, probably best known for the annual regatta, but also a beautiful spot for a weekend excursion, and a good place to rest with a pint near the historical bridge.

A few miles North of Henley, is Henley Management College, which recently became a part of the University of Reading to form "Henley Business School". At the Henley site, executive education and the Distance MBA program are based.

The Thames continues Northbound through mildly hilly countryside of South Oxfordshire.

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someone else also posted pictures of this walk on a personal website.

Text and photos: Klaus Meyer, 2008

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