Walk Distance: 9.14km from central Caversham; 6.14 km from end of The Warren
Walk Duration: 2hr 45 from central Caversham; 1 hour 50 from end of The Warren (times and distances include return walk).
OS Map: OS Explorer 159 Reading;
Suitable for: All-terrain pushchairs and durable standard pushchairs; little legs, all the family, bikes and majority suitable for scooters.
Walk features: peaceful rural walking, mainly paved surfaces, Mapledurham house & water mill, there and back again walk, shops & refreshments at walk start/end in Caversham, good for a close to 10k run for parents with buggies, option for boat back to Reading in the summer.
The gentle amble from Caversham to Mapledurham is the perfect lazy Sunday morning stroll and best of all, it’s suitable for babies/ toddlers in all-terrain buggies or good quality sturdy pushchairs. If your children are permanently attached to their scooters or first bike then you’ll be pleased to know that the majority of this walk is wheel friendly and also great for a short family bike ride. If you don’t fancy walking all the way back again, boats run to and from Mapledurham from Caversham on summer weekends.
Mapledurham itself is a picturesque rural Thame-side hamlet that feels a million miles away from the busy streets of nearby Reading. The village was once the setting for parts of the wartime classic film ‘The Eagle has Landed’
The walk starts from St. Peter’s Church in Caversham. For those looking to reduce the length of the walk, drive instead to the end of The Warren and start from where The Warren turns into a footpath. There is limited roadside parking along The Warren.
If coming from Caversham Bridge or the main retail centre, walk up Church Road from the main traffic lights and St. Peter’s Church is on your left a short way up the hill. Go through the churchyard, past the church and out the other side, joining The Warren.
Walk along The Warren – a quiet leafy residential street with the occasional glimpse of some lovely Thames-side properties along its length. Continue past the last houses and walk until the road bends around to the left. A footpath is clearly marked continuing straight ahead. Take the footpath. This is the second start point for those walking the shorter route and avoiding the walk along The Warren.
Walk along the track, through the shady edge of Chazey Wood. The track on this section is quite rough so you will need an all-terrain pushchair or study buggy. There are a few good viewpoints on the left back towards Reading.
As you emerge from the wood, the stony track changes into a much smoother paved lane. The lane is principally used for farm access and is pretty quiet so is good for little ones testing out bikes and scooters. Do keep an eye out though for the occasional vehicle.
Continue until you reach a house at an intersection with Jackson Lane to your right. Carry straight on over, keeping the house to your right hand side.
Follow the lane past the farm on your right (a chance to spot cows at close quarters for animal enthusiasts) and walk on towards Mapledurham. Mapledurham house comes into view across some very nicely kept lawns to your left hand side.
The path emerges by a red phone-box onto Sheepways Lane in central Mapledurham. To visit Mapledurham House and watermill (open weekends and bankholidays from Easter to end of September) or the pretty 13th century St. Margaret’s Church, turn left and follow the road through the picturesque hamlet of Mapledurham to its end. For details of opening hours for Mapledurham House and watermill, please visit their website.
The walk returns along the same route to Caversham or you can take the boat back during weekend in summer.
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The walk is easily accessible from Caversham on foot and only around 15 minutes walk from Reading Station. Some limited roadside parking is available on The Warren. There are frequent buses to Caversham from central Reading and an hourly service via High Wycombe and Henley-on-Thames. To plan your journey, please use SE Traveline.
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