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We love walking at Hurley and Hurley Lock, it’s one of our favourite places to visit in Berkshire along the River Thames. We enjoy taking a picnic, walking the Thames path and watching the boats go in and out of the lock. The village of Hurley is picturesque and there is a stunning church in the village called St Mary The Virgin, Hurley.
Where do you walk?
Once parked, walk out of the car park and turn left walking away from the Hurley High Street. The is a narrow footpath which has brick walls and bushes either side. Follow this path which takes you down to the River Thames. Once you reach the bridge you can either go left and follow the Thames Path in the direction of Remenham and Henley-on-Thames, past Hurley Riverside Park, which is a campsite and caravan park.
We tend to go over the wooden bridge however and walk along the Thames Path to Hurley Lock and then down to the next wooden bridge. We only go this far due to little legs and find there is plenty to do for a morning or afternoon with a picnic, stopping to see the boats and to feed the ducks in a wonderful picturesque setting. If you carried on over the second wooden bridge along the Thames Path you would reach Marlow – this is a popular walk if you have older children who can walk further.
At Hurley Lock you can watch the boats coming in and out of the lock. There is also the Hurley Lock Tea Shop, a great place to stop for a drink, ice cream and cakes. The sign on the shop window said the Hurley Lock Tea Shop was open Tuesday – Sunday 11am – 5pm, closed on Monday’s (except Bank Holidays when it is open 11am – 5pm). These times were shared on this page on 07.05.2021 so could be subject to change. I have never seen the Tea Shop open in the winter months.
Once we have had a walk and enjoyed a picnic we then re-trace our footsteps back to the car park. There are picnic tables dotted around but also several grass areas you can picnic on too.
There is a play area in Hurley which is just off the main road, there is a small lay-by next to the play area which you could park in, click here to find the location, or you could walk up through the village along the High Street to access it.
What else is in Hurley?
In Hurley village you will find The Olde Bell and also find a village shop.
Where can I park?
There is street parking in designated areas along the High Street, make sure you keep an eye on parking restrictions and times.
There is also a free car park which has approx 50 spaces. High Street Car Park, High Street, Hurley, Berkshire, United Kingdom, SL6 5NB. The car park is next to Monks Barn and opposite St Mary’s The Virgin Church.
Hurley is a popular village for people to visit, so it is worth visiting off peak if you can.
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