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Pangbourne and River Thames

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Pangbourne and River Thames
Author: Richard, Published: 29 Oct 2011 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Pangbourne and River Thames Walking Guidestar1 Pangbourne and River Thames Walking Guidestar1 Pangbourne and River Thames Walking Guidestar1 Pangbourne and River Thames Walking Guidestar0 Pangbourne and River Thames Walking Guide
Berkshire, Pangbourne
Walk Type: Footpaths and Byways
Pangbourne and River Thames
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Pangbourne and River Thames Walking Guide boot Pangbourne and River Thames Walking Guide
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A 3.5 mile circular walk starting from the Berkshire village of Pangbourne and taking in the local meadows and countryside. There’s plenty of water to enjoy with sections of the walk following the River Pang and a further section following the Thames Path. Pangbourne is a beautiful village and popular tourist destination and has historical links to DH Lawrence and Kenneth Grahame.

The walk is almost entirely flat and follows a mixture of field and riverside paths (which may be muddy after wet weather) plus a short section of road walking along a country lane. There is just one stile (which is nice and open with space for dogs to pass through) plus a number of gates including a few kissing gates. There are public toilets available in the car park at the start. Approximate time 1.5 to 2 hours.

The walk starts from the centre of the village of Pangbourne in Berkshire. You can start the walk from the railway station, or if you’re driving, parking is available in the Station Road pay and display car park which is opposite the large Bentley Garage. Parking is free on Sundays and Bank Holidays. Approximate post code RG8 7AN.

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Walk Sections

Station Road Car Park to Church Cottage
Station Road Car Park to Church Cottage

Start point: 51.4845 lat, -1.0885 long
End point: 51.4828 lat, -1.0885 long

Leave the car park back onto the main road. Turn right along the pavement and go straight ahead past the mini-roundabout. Immediately after the church on the right, turn right and you will come to Church Cottage adjoining the church grounds.

Church Cottage is the former home of Kenneth Grahame, author of the classic book Wind in the Willows. Grahame’s inspiration for the book was the local stretches of river and he bought Church Cottage in 1924 where he lived until his death in 1932.

Church Cottage to River Pang
Church Cottage to River Pang

Start point: 51.4828 lat, -1.0885 long
End point: 51.4773 lat, -1.0839 long

Retrace your steps back to the main road, cross over and turn left past the Cross Keys public house. At the mini-roundabout turn right and cross over the River Pang. Turn right at the junction past a number of shops and then turn right down The Moors, a tarmac lane immediately after the branch of WH Smiths.

At the end of the lane continue ahead onto the narrow footpath to the left of the large wooden gate. Pass a number of properties on the left and go ahead through a tunnel of trees to reach a gate. Pass through the gate and continue ahead with a small section of hedgerow on the left, then follow the path across the meadow as it bends slightly to the left and then to the right to run alongside the River Pang on the right. (Note this meadow may contain grazing livestock although there were none present during our walk.)

Continue along the path until you reach a footbridge across the river and a barbed wire fence directly ahead.

River Pang to Sulham Lane
River Pang to Sulham Lane

Start point: 51.4773 lat, -1.0839 long
End point: 51.4767 lat, -1.0775 long

At this point take a sharp left, slightly back on yourself, and cross the meadow to a kissing gate at the far side. Pass through the gate and then keep left following the hedgerow on your left. The hedgerow gives way to allotments. At the end of the allotments you will come to a waymarker marking a crossroads of footpaths. Turn right here, across the meadow and over a small wooden footbridge.

Go ahead to pass over a second gated footbridge at the meadow edge taking you into a crop field. Go straight ahead across the crop field to reach a stile. The stile has plenty of space at the side for dogs to pass through. Cross over the stile to reach Sulham Lane.

Sulham Lane to Railway
Sulham Lane to Railway

Start point: 51.4767 lat, -1.0775 long
End point: 51.4845 lat, -1.0732 long

Turn left along the lane (there are no pavements but the lane is quiet) and follow it until you reach a T-junction with the A329. Cross over the road with care, turn right over the stream and then turn immediately left onto a footpath running alongside the stream.

Continue ahead with the stream and a number of properties to the left. Pass through the kissing gate at the end and turn right onto the concrete track. Follow the concrete track as it bends to the left and passes under the railway arch.

Railway to River Thames
Railway to River Thames

Start point: 51.4845 lat, -1.0732 long
End point: 51.4896 lat, -1.0714 long

Immediately after passing under the railway, veer to the right and pass through a kissing gate into a paddock (which may have sheep grazing and an electric fence so take care with dogs).

Follow the footpath to the left of the field with a stream running on the left. Follow the meandering field edge until you reach a gate across the path. Pass through the gate and go ahead across the next field to reach the River Thames. On the opposite bank you may be lucky enough to see a large herd of alpacas – animals which look similar to llamas but have a beautiful curly coat which provides highly sought after wool.

Turn left through a gate and over a small bridge to follow the path alongside the River Thames.

River Thames to Pangbourne
River Thames to Pangbourne

Start point: 51.4896 lat, -1.0714 long
End point: 51.4839 lat, -1.0875 long

Follow this section of the Thames Path with the river running to the right. The Thames Path is a National Trail of 184 miles which follows the length of the River Thames from its source in Gloucestershire to the Thames Barrier at Charlton. The entire length of the path can be walked and some parts are also open to cyclists.

Continue ahead and go over a footbridge to enter Pangbourne Meadow, managed by the National Trust. Ahead you will see Whitchurch Bridge over the river. Just before you reach the bridge, fork to the left and pass through a green kissing gate to enter the car park of the Adventure Dolphin Centre.

Pass through the car park to the road and turn left to follow the pavement. Pass under the railway and go past a number of shops. Turn right at the junction and then right again at the mini-roundabout. The car park will be on your left.

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1 responses to "Pangbourne and River Thames"

Directions were very clear. A great little walk to do before lunch - we did it in about an hour and 10 mins, so quicker than the description suggests.

By soupdragon on 2015-05-17 19:30:41

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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