Thames Path National Trail Issues Guide for Marsh Lock Diversion

The Thames Path National Trail have issued a diversion guide to use after the Marsh Lock diversion over the Culden Faw estate was closed on Sunday (31 March).

The Culden Faw landowners, the Schwarzenbach family have provided a diversion across their land since May 2022 when the EA closed the Marsh Lock horsebridge for safety reasons, building a temporary bridge over a stream to give access to walkers in both directions.  In February this year, the estate gave notice to the EA that the diversion would close on 31 March 2024.  Alex Dick, Culden Faw Estate Manager said at the time, “The owners of the land gave a temporary diversion in good faith and in the expectation that Government organisations would have the ability and willingness to get this issue resolved quickly. Clearly that is not the case and perhaps that is because a temporary solution was given so the EA and others are taking the easy option and pushing it to the bottom of the ‘to do’ list.”

The new diversion is a 2.7 mile (4.3km) route, which is estimated to take 1hr 15 minutes to walk. From Marsh Lock, you should walk up Mill Lane, over the railway bridge to the A4155. Cross the road, turn right and then left into Noble Road, past the YMCA and connect with the Peppard Lane bridleway.  Then turn left into Harpsden Way and pass Harpsden Court and Harpsden Church.  Then the take the bridleway into Harpsden Woods and connect with the The Chiltern Way Berkshire Loop. At the A4155 cross the road and continue to Northfield Avenue in Shiplake which connects with Thames Path.  The full pictorial guide can be downloaded here.

The route from Shiplake to Henley can be downloaded here.

Alternatively you can take the bus or train to Shiplake.  It is advised not to walk along the A4155 as it is a fast road with no pavements.

 

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