Sunday 20th March 2011
Finally, our intrepid trio headed out on a *gasp* sunny day when it didn’t rain. There isn’t really much to report about the navigation – we just followed the river, and any diversions were signposted – so it was just a straightforward, pleasant walk with a difficulty rating of 1 out of 10.
The map insinuated that we’d spend the first mile or so walking past a load of industrial estates, but in fact we were shielded from it by vegetation, and we were soon walking along a picturesque section of the river.
The path continued for a few miles up to Sonning Lock, and after Sonning the path switched to the other side of the river.
Further on at Shiplake Lock, we stopped to watch a boat going through.
The route then turned away from the river, heading north through Lower Shiplake. We stopped at The Baskerville for a toilet break and a drink, then carried on across the railway, by way of a level crossing. Towards the north end of the village we passed a place called Bolney Court. Not only does it have its very own model railway…
…but it also has its very own station.
I could find very little information online about this railway, apart from lots of blogs with photos of the same thing.
Upon rejoining the river, we walked past lots of beautiful riverside houses, each with their own boats, where lots of people were out and about enjoying the weather.
There are public toilets across the road from Henley-on-Thames Station. The plan for next time is to continue along the Thames Path to Marlow.