GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Shiplake Circular Walk

2 miles (3.3 km)

This circular walk takes you along the River Thames around the village of Shiplake. The village has a train station near the river making it a nice place for an easy riverside walk for anyone using public transport.
The walk starts from the train station where you can pick up the Thames Path and follow it south to Shiplake Lock on the River Thames. You can then follow the towing path around to Lashbrook before returning to the train station. This section of the river gives nice views over to Wargrave on the opposite side.

Shiplake OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Shiplake Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the south there's Twyford where you'll find lake and river trails around Charvil Country Park and the Loddon Nature Reserve.
On the opposite side of the river there's the neighbouring village of Wargrave. It's well worth a visit with a historic high street with many old listed buildings, a picturesque marina, a 12th century church and a very fine riverside pub where you can relax with a view of the river. You can also pick up the Knowl Hill Bridleway near here. The circular cycling and walking route explores the area around Knowl Hill, with some fine views from the high points.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Canoes for hire - - 947842

Canoes for hire. These canoes have been hired for a holiday. The organiser takes your bags to each overnight accommodation and follows you downstream. You just paddle and enjoy the river.

Shiplake Lock - - 947806

Shiplake Lock. The lock has a fall of 5'1" and we are part way through that drop. Like many things these days, the Thames lock walkways seem full of guard rails.

Thames Path National Trail sign and National Trail symbol

Thames Path National Trail sign and National Trail symbol

The River Thames, Wargrave - - 278928

The River Thames, Wargrave

Above Shiplake Lock, River Thames - - 381731

Above Shiplake Lock, River Thames. This shows the top gates and surroundings of Shiplake Lock. The village of Shiplake and its attractive riverside can be conveniently visited by train, as the station is only a few minutes walk from the towpath, which can then be followed round to the lock, returning to the station through the village, all in all only about two miles right the way round.

Lock keeper's house at Shiplake Lock - - 956337

Lock keeper's house at Shiplake Lock

GPS Files

GPX File

Shiplake.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Shiplake.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)