Walking to Marsh Lock in Henley on Thames is a flat walk along the River Thames which takes you over a long boardwalk, situated above the water and takes you to Marsh Lock and Weir. If you decided to, you could continue the walk along the Thames Path in the direction of Lower Shiplake and Wargrave.
Tell me about the walk?
We started the walk at Mill Meadows in Henley-on-Thames, however you could also do this walk from Henley town centre (from the town centre just make sure you turn right at Henley Bridge and walk past The Angel on The Bridge pub) and then follow the tow path until you get to Mill Meadows – a large open space where you will also find The River and Rowing Museum and two brilliant play areas.
Once at Mill Meadows stay on the path alongside the River Thames and along the tow path, making sure you’re walking away from Henley Bridge which you will see behind you in the distance. You should have the bandstand and River and Rowing Museum on your right hand-side.
Keep walking along the Thames Path until you reach a small bridge, before the bridge you might witness the ‘Wishing Tree’ which is a tree covered in ribbons. Walk over the small bridge. Here you will see the boardwalk going over the River Thames. If you walk up on the boardwalk you can then walk up to Marsh Lock. Whilst you walk on the boardwalk you will see the power of the water coming down from the weir.
There are two picnic benches at the lock and weir, if you want to have a picnic at this point in your walk. You can also walk past the lock on the next bit of the boardwalk back to the tow path on the mainland. However, at the lock we turned back and walked to Henley-on-Thames for some lunch.
*There is a sign at the lock and weir which says supervise children.
The walk from Mill Meadows to Marsh Lock and back took approx an hour, with a bit of time for watching the river.
After lunch in Henley we then walked back to Mill Meadows for a play in the park.
Is the walk buggy and dog friendly?
The walk is dog friendly. You could also do this walk with an off road buggy, part of the walk is obviously on a boardwalk along wooden planks so be aware of this.
Where can you park?
You can park at Mill Meadows (click here for parking charges) or Henley on Thames railway station (charges apply), which gives easy access to Mill Meadows as there is a little footpath from the station to Mill Meadows. When we visited on this occasion we parked at Twyford railway station and took the train to and from Henley to add an extra adventure to our day! Twyford railway station is three stops away from Henley-on-Thames so a nice little trip.
If you would like to explore some other family friendly walks we have tried in and around Berkshire – click here.
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