Car free walks in the Thames Valley and Chilterns

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Thames Valley Circular Walk

Map of the Thames Valley Circular Walk

Approximately 125 miles long, this circular long distance path has access points that are easily reached by train from London, Reading and adjoining stations. If time is limited it can be walked in sections at weekends and bank holidays with one or two overnight stops.

The walk passes through a variety of beautiful countryside including river valleys, chalk downland, coniferous forests, rare heath, and beech woods that are carpeted with bluebells in spring.

The Thames Valley Circular Walk is not way-marked although it sometimes shares rights of way with other long distance paths. The walk mostly follows footpaths and bridle-ways, linked together by quiet lanes.

Accommodation is available sporadically along the walk and at the end of each section. The farthest that needs to be covered in a day is about 12 miles. The terrain is not difficult although there are some steep, hilly sections, and care needs to be taken with map-reading in some places.

StageRoute DetailsDistanceInteractive
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1Windsor to Sandhurst16 milesStage 1 mapGPX file
Windsor Castle and Deer Park route of Queen's procession to Ascot Race Course an ancient pond in ancient heathland Royal forests a heritage centre a Roman Road Owlsmoor Bog and Edgebarrow Wood SSSI
2Sandhurst to Winchfield10.5 milesStage 2 mapGPX file
river and lakes with nature reserve Charles Kingsley's church forest and heath stately oaks cricketers' pub historic church with a view
3Winchfield to Dummer19 milesStage 3 mapGPX file
tranquil Norman church peaceful canal ruined castle colony of rare bats ancient tracks on chalk downs pretty hamlets far-reaching views
4Dummer to Kingsclere14 milesStage 4 mapGPX file
royal dalliances corn fields birth of a river Roman road skylarks and cowslips renowned rabbit warren on high downland racehorse country
5Kingsclere to Woolhampton11.5 milesStage 5 mapGPX file
water-meadows and snowdrops a village pond a peaceful common, once a place of conflict a restored canal
6Woolhampton to Streatley13 milesStage 6 mapGPX file
canal boats country churchyard wolves! how Tutts Clump got its name blue pools and watercress beds bluebells and lambs ancient earthworks rare chalk downland with impressive views
7Streatley to Stonor14.5 milesStage 7 mapGPX file
the Goring Gap oldest road charcoal burning beech woods and bluebells a Maharajah's well bangers and mash red kites a nature reserve
8Stonor to Marlow11.5 milesStage 8 mapGPX file
stately home and deer park a windmill and a well-known vicar more red kites Chiltern villages and hospitality scenic views a regatta town
9Marlow to Windsor14.5 milesStage 9 mapGPX file
boating on the Thames ancient wetlands area an historic village with artistic connections beautiful Clivedon Reach and Boulter's lock famous railway bridge Monkey Island Eton's impressive rowing lake, arboretum and nature reserve Windsor Castle

Ordnance Survey Explorer Maps (1:25 000) covering the walk:

Number 144: Basingstoke Stages 2, 3, 4, 5 buy here
Number 158: Newbury and Hungerford Stage 5 buy here
Number 159: Reading Stages 2, 6 buy here
Number 160: Windsor, Weybridge & Bracknell Stages 1, 9 buy here
Number 171: Chiltern Hills West Stages 7, 8 buy here
Number 172: Chiltern Hills East Stages 8, 9 buy here