Panorama of the Hambledon Lock hike in Chiltern Hills, England
Panorama of the Hambledon Lock hike in Chiltern Hills, England

Hambleden Lock hike

Chiltern Hills
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Hambleden Lock hike

Distance: 4.0km
Elevation: 13m
Time: 1-1.25h

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This short, mostly paved hike is a great walk for the whole family! Take your time to explore the unique river crossing, and watch the boats as they navigate the locks!

Hambleden Lock hike Map

Getting there

Use postcode RG9 6TL to reach the free, primary public car park on Skirmett Road. Public bus 850 runs directly from Reading via Henley-on-Thames in one direction, and from Marlow in the other. The bus stop is directly opposite the marina, and the stop name is Hambleden Mill End.

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About

When to do

Year Round

Backcountry Campsites

No

Toilets

Trailhead

Family friendly

Yes

Route Signage

None

Crowd Levels

Low

Route Type

Circuit


Hambleden Lock
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Route Description for Hambleden Lock

Start at the information board next to the toilets and then exit the car park. Cross onto the footpath on the other side of the road and turn right, continuing until you reach the T-junction for the main road. Take care as you cross the road, turn right past the marina entrance, and then travel left down the public footpath.

Follow this path past the mill, all the way across the Thames, to the lock on the other side. You are likely to see Egyptian geese and other ducks here, bracing themselves against the current! The benches by the lock are the perfect place to rest and watch boats pass by. When you are ready to leave the lock, take the wide gravel footpath on the left. This path slowly climbs uphill, between two fields, until you reach a lane at the top. You will find The Flower Pot Pub on your left, a lovely place to stop for lunch or a drink.

Walk past the pub and turn immediately left down Aston Lane until you meet the river again. Pass through the wooden kissing gate on your left and walk through the field, with the river on your right. Exit the field at the end and turn right until you reach the lock. You should now recognise this part of the trail as where you started.

Cross back over the river using the same bridge system, walk past the marina, and cross back over the main road. Return to the car park along Skirmett Road, enjoying the view of the fields on your right.

Insider Hints

  • Take a picnic to enjoy along the way, or stop at nearby Marlow: a popular village with ample restaurants, shops, and facilities.

  • Chiltern Valley Winery and Brewery is just a short drive further up Skirmett Road. Book a tour or visit the shop!

Comments

Allbitenobark 7 months ago

Love the variety of view in this hike! Definitely must try!

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Mr Dean 7 months ago

Easy and relaxing hike. Perfect fir the family!

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WanderLee 7 months ago

It's a place where we go to chill out and relax. Amazing place

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Reecewill178 7 months ago

Posh sceneries!

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Reecewill178 7 months ago

Blinding! A good place to hang after a stressful week at school.

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Bootwarmer 7 months ago

I would say it was a delightful walk in the quaint area.

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Sarah Potts 7 months ago

The river around Hambledon is a delightful place to walk.

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Colt L 7 months ago

Georgeous surroundings. Next time, we'll try to rent a boat!

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markbailey 7 months ago

A charming place for picnics and strolls.

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kimsam 7 months ago

we had a wonderful time wandering and talking about life, while admiring the beautiful views.

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