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Marlow and Thames Path

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Marlow and Thames Path
Author: RichardJ, Published: 07 Jan 2012 Walk rating : Rating:star1 rlow and Thames Path Walking Guidestar1 rlow and Thames Path Walking Guidestar1 rlow and Thames Path Walking Guidestar1 rlow and Thames Path Walking Guidestar0 rlow and Thames Path Walking Guide
Buckinghamshire, Marlow
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Marlow and Thames Path
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot rlow and Thames Path Walking Guide boot rlow and Thames Path Walking Guide
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A 4 mile circular walk from the town of Marlow in Buckinghamshire, a beautiful Georgian town situated on a picturesque stretch of the River Thames midway between Reading and Windsor. The walk starts in the centre of town before passing through local meadows out to the River Thames and then returning via a stretch of the Thames Path.

The walk is almost entirely flat and there are no stiles, just a couple of kissing gates. The surfaces are a mixture of pavements and river and field side mud tracks which will be muddy after wet weather. (We tracked this walk in Jan 2012 and the section of the Thames Path was about 3 inches of thick mud so do wear suitable footwear in the winter months). Approximate time 1.5 hours.

The walk starts from the High Street in the centre of Marlow. Parking is available at any of the pay and display car parks within the town, such as the one in Pound Lane. Approximate post code SL7 1BA (walk start) and SL7 2AE (car park).

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Walk Sections

High Street to Obelisk
High Street to Obelisk

Start point: 51.5703 lat, -0.7751 long
End point: 51.5718 lat, -0.777 long

The walk starts from the junction of the High Street and Institute Road, near the tourist information centre. Turn right into the High Street and walk up towards West Street, away from the river.

Take time to enjoy the architecture of the buildings on the High Street. The street is lined with elegant town houses, the facades of which have been retained but they now house a wide variety of shops and boutiques. At the top of the street, at the junction with West Street, you will reach an obelisk on the roundabout , which commemorates the route of the turnpike road between Hatfield and Bath.

Obelisk to Kissing Gate
Obelisk to Kissing Gate

Start point: 51.5718 lat, -0.777 long
End point: 51.5609 lat, -0.7838 long

Turn left into West Street. This street has a number of literary connections. Mary Shelly, the author of Frankenstein, lived here for a year and the author T.S. Eliot also lived on the street for a short time.

Continue down West Street until you reach Thai Square on the left. Turn left down Portlands Alley just before the car park and signed for Park and River and Town Council Offices. At the end of the alley you will reach a T-junction, turn right into Pound Lane. Take the next left turning, Lower Pound Lane, signed with a Byway marker and next to tennis courts.

Continue down the tree lined tarmac lane as it dwindles to a mud path until you reach a metal kissing gate directly ahead.

Kissing Gate to Thames Path
Kissing Gate to Thames Path

Start point: 51.5609 lat, -0.7838 long
End point: 51.553 lat, -0.7915 long

Pass through the kissing gate and go straight ahead on to the field edge footpath (signed walkers only). After some distance you will come to a T-junction with a tarmac lane. Turn left here and follow the tarmac lane until it reaches the River Thames. Turn left onto the Thames Path alongside the river.

Thames Path to Wooden bridge
Thames Path to Wooden bridge

Start point: 51.553 lat, -0.7915 long
End point: 51.5604 lat, -0.7799 long

Continue along the Thames Path taking in the beautiful views across the Thames. You will come across a commemoration stone which was laid to the memory of Giles Every, honourable secretary and treasurer of Marlow Amateur Regatta for 18 years.

On the opposite banks you will see Bisham Abbey, a Grade I listed manor house built around 1260 as a community house for two Knights Templar.

As you get closer to Marlow you will come to the first of several wooden arched bridges which pass over small tributaries to the Thames.

Wooden bridge to Suspension bridge
Wooden bridge to Suspension bridge

Start point: 51.5604 lat, -0.7799 long
End point: 51.5675 lat, -0.7736 long

Pass over the wooden bridges to continue along the Thames Path, heading for the suspension bridge over the Thames at Marlow. Marlow is famous for the suspension bridge, built in 1832 and designed by Tierney Clark who also built the similar bridge over the River Danube at Budapest.

Suspension bridge to High Street
Suspension bridge to High Street

Start point: 51.5675 lat, -0.7736 long
End point: 51.5691 lat, -0.7742 long

As you draw level with the suspension bridge, follow the Thames Path as it turns left away from the river up the slope. You will see a war memorial and the George and Dragon over to the right. Continue straight ahead to return to the High Street where you started the walk.

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2 comments for "Marlow and Thames Path"

Lovely walk with lots of places to eat.

By susieb1960 on 24 Jun 2015

Lovely walk for a sunny Sunday afternoon

By Suzie09 on 28 Jun 2015

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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