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|Dorney Lake and Thames Path|
|Author: Claire, Published: 10 Sep 2011||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 5 mile circular walk starting from Dorney village in Buckinghamshire. The walk makes a complete circuit around Dorney Lake which will be the venue for the rowing at London 2012 Olympics. (Of course this means that access to the walk may be difficult during the two weeks of the Olympics). The walk includes a 1.5mile section of the Thames Path giving you chance to watch the world go by on this popular part of the river. |
The walk is relatively flat with no stiles and just a couple of gates. The surfaces include country lanes, pavements, gravel paths and the towpath alongside the Thames. Parts of this towpath are narrow (so take care with children and dogs) and can be muddy, otherwise the paths make very easy walking. You will be sharing the paths with cyclists and joggers and you will also pass through Dorney Common which has cattle grazing, although these cattle seem to be at ease with the passing cars, horses, cyclists and walkers. Approximate time 2hrs.
If you would like refreshments before or after your walk parking is available at The Palmer Arms public house in Dorney which serves food all day. This is on Village Road (B3026) in Dorney - SL4 6QW. Otherwise you can adjust the walk to start/finish at the Dorney Common car park (Waypoint 5).
|Dorney Village to Eton College Rowing Centre|
Start point: 51.5032 lat, -0.6613 long
Leave the car park of The Palmers Arms and turn right to follow the pavement alongside Village Road. Follow the road as it bends to the right and then cross over to turn left into Court Lane. Follow the path on the right hand side of the road and you will come to St James the Less Church. The entrance to the 12th Century Church will be on your left with a brick arch entrance to the cemetery on the right.
|Rowing Centre to Thames Path|
Start point: 51.5023 lat, -0.6703 long
Turn left and follow the path on the left alongside the entrance drive to Eton College Rowing Centre. The drive is lined with horse chestnut trees and at the end of the line of trees, cross over to turn right to join a footpath which sweeps away from the drive (marked with a wooden signpost towards Maidenhead).
|Along the Thames Path to Oakley Court|
Start point: 51.499 lat, -0.6805 long
At the T-junction with the Thames Path turn left to follow the river on your right.
|Oakley Court to St Mary Magdalen Chapel|
Start point: 51.4907 lat, -0.6699 long
Oakley Court House has a striking gothic facade and is now a hotel. With its close proximity to Bray Film studios, it has been used as the backdrop to a number of films including The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
|Chapel to Dorney Common Car Park|
Start point: 51.4899 lat, -0.6473 long
Turn left and follow the footpath to the left of the Chapel. You will pass a stile and a gate on the left (ignore these) and then the path comes to a T-junction with a lane. Cross over the lane and then turn left to pass through a gate alongside a cattle grid.
|Dorney Common to Dorney Village|
Start point: 51.491 lat, -0.6507 long
Continue along the lane with the Dorney Common Car Park on your left. Follow the main tarmac lane (ignoring any footpath signs to the left and right) through the middle of Dorney Common.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2011 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
A really nice walk with lots of off lead time for Daisy the dog. I'd have liked better views of the rowing lake but this is a minor point. The Thames Path gives great views across the river and Oakley Court is spectacular. Really good level walk for all abilities and one I'll be taking the kids on in the summer.
|By rippydog on 01 Apr 2016|
Good brisk walk today on a chilly day. Level and easy to follow, the only muddy parts were really on the riverside paths. The walk back across the common is pretty windy and exposed.
|By Strudwick on 05 Feb 2017|
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