Places of interest in the vicinity of each walk are listed. The National Trust properties, Beale Park and Windsor Castle are worth separate excursions. Click here to skip to the attractions near parts of the Thames Valley Circular Walk.
Walk Around Reading 1: Windsor to Ascot
Windsor Castle Lower Ward

Windsor Castle Lower Ward
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Windsor Castle

Open daily except when being used for state ceremonies. The semi-state rooms are open in the winter months.

The Savill Garden (also on Walk 15: Martin's Heron to Ascot)

Informal lakeside gardens, mainly rhododendrons and azaleas. Open all year.

Walk Around Reading 2: Bourne End to Windsor
Dorney Lake

Dorney Lake


The gardens of the Italianate mansion have restricted opening but the woodland and riverside walks are open all year.

Dorney Lake

Venue for the 2012 Olympic rowing events. The park and arboretum are open to the general public on most days.

Walk Around Reading 3: Bourne End to Marlow
Deer in the Chilterns

Deer in the Chilterns

The Chilterns (also on Walk 5: Sonning Common to Henley and Walk 6: Sonning Common to Pangbourne)

An area of outstanding natural beauty a short train journey from London.


Situated on the banks of the Thames in the beautiful Chiltern Hills. An historic town with excellent shopping, eating out and leisure facilities.

Walk Around Reading 4: Marlow to Henley
Hurley Lock

Hurley Lock

Henley Royal Regatta

An annual rowing event that attracts visitors from all over the world.

Henley Regatta

Henley Regatta

River and Rowing Museum

An attractive, modern museum funded from private money with much of local and international interest.

Walk Around Reading 5: Sonning Common to Henley
Greys Court

Greys Court
Dennis Jackson) / CC BY-SA 2.0

Greys Court

This charming property with a walled courtyard overlooks beautiful countryside and has a long history.

Walk Around Reading 6: Sonning Common to Pangbourne

Beale Park

A good variety of animals and birds, paddling pools and a miniature railway. Plenty to occupy families with young children.

Walk Around Reading 7: Pangbourne to Theale
Basildon Park

Basildon Park

Basildon Park

A restored 18th Century Palladian mansion set above the River Thames. There are waymarked trails through the parkland.

Englefield House

Englefield House on the Englefield Estate
Pam Brophy) / CC BY-SA 2.0

Englefield Estate

Home to the Benyon family for many years, the gardens of this Elizabethan mansion have restrictive opening hours. Much of the extensive estate is accessible at all times.

Walk Around Reading 8: Aldermaston Wharf to Theale

Newbury Racecourse

Everything from top class racing to Family Fun Days.

Walk Around Reading 9: Aldermaston Wharf to Mortimer
Padworth Church

Padworth Church

Stratfield Saye

Home to the Dukes of Wellington for nearly 200 years. A fascinating insight into the Great Duke's life. View the original wellington boots and his funeral carriage.

Walk Around Reading 10: Mortimer to Bramley
Calleva Atrebatum at Silchester

Amphitheatre at Calleva Atrebetum in Silchester
Pam Brophy) / CC BY-SA 2.0

Calleva Atrebetum at Silchester

Reading University is tracing the site's development from before the Roman Occuptation to its abandonment in the 5th Century.

Wellington Country Park

There's plenty here for everyone. Safe play areas for children, water sports, nature trails and lots more.

Walk Around Reading 11: Bramley to Hook

The Vyne

An historic house with a Tudor chapel, gardens and a woodland walk.

Walk Around Reading 12: Hook to Winchfield

Galleon Marine

Boats can be hired from the Galleon Marine, opposite the Water Witch pub.

Walk Around Reading 13: Crawthorne to Winchfield
Grotto at West Green House

Grotto at West Green House
Don Cload) / CC BY-SA 2.0

West Green House

Visit the pretty walled gardens of this 18th Century house. The Paradise Garden with its fountains and rills is a new addition.

Walk Around Reading 14: Crawthorne to Martin's Heron
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Wildmoor Heath

Wildmoor Heath

This area of ancient bog and heath is managed by Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

The Look Out Discovery Centre

A heritage centre with a lookout tower and extensive forest trails. An adventure playground for young children.

Walk Around Reading 15: Martin's Heron to Ascot
Outrageous hat at Ascot


Ascot Racecourse

The chance to buy yourself an outrageous hat.

Thames Valley Circular Walk Stage 5: Kingsclere to Woolhampton

Greenham Common

10,000 years of chequered history and plans for the future.

Thames Valley Circular Walk Stage 6: Woolhampton to Streatley
Wolf at the UK Wolf Conservation Trust in Beenham

Wolf at the UK Wolf Conservation Trust in Beenham

UK Wolf Conservation Centre

Find out about European wolves and take one for a walk.

Thames Valley Circular Walk Stage 8: Stonor to Marlow
Stonor House

Stonor House

Stonor House and Deer Park

Opening times and information for visitors.

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