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pick of wa­ter­ing holes on the Ferry Rd, Ted­ding­ton. 020 8977 7762. Cross foot­bridge from lock. Re­cently re­fur­bished pub with real ale (in­clud­ing lo­cal brews), food and gar­den

Hamp­ton Court. 020 8941 5959. At north end of bridge. Re­fur­bished as smart mod­ern pub with se­lec­tion of in­de­pen­dent lo­cal real ales and cider, qual­ity food in bar or up­stairs restau­rant (via spi­ral stair­case)

King­fisher Chert­sey. 01932 579811. East of Chert­sey Bridge. Tra­di­tional style pub, mainly aimed at din­ers but caters for those just want­ing a drink. Real ale and waterside gar­den

Boat­man Wind­sor. 01753 620010. Down­stream of the bridge. Re­fur­bished as a tra­di­tional pub with real ale, waterside ter­race (with re­tractable roof), restau­rant and bar food

Boul­ters Maiden­head. 01628 621291. By Boul­ters Lock. Fa­mous river­side inn and restau­rant with real ale, ex­ten­sive waterside ter­race, quiz night Sun­days

Ferry Cookham. 01628 525153. South of bridge. Smart mod­ern restau­rant with bar serv­ing real ale in ad­ja­cent his­toric build­ing

Mar­low. 01628 484140. Just north up St Peter Street from the river. Re­stored and re­opened af­ter fire in 2013, serv­ing lo­cal Re­bel­lion real ales and food

Hen­ley. 01491 410678. By the bridge. Pop­u­lar pub and restau­rant with real ale and river­side ter­race

War­grave. 0118 940 4474. Down­stream of Shiplake Rail­way Bridge. Pop­u­lar river­side pub with restau­rant, moor­ings, real ale and waterside ter­race

Bull High Street, Son­ning. 0118 969 3901. 5 mins south east of the bridge. 16th Cen­tury pub with large din­ing area and small Vil­lage Bar for drinks. Real ale, food un­til 9.30pm and gar­den

Pub­de­tail­sare­like­ly­tochangeat­short­no­tice: youaread­vised­to­phonea­head­tobesure Lock. Al­ter­na­tively, a long loop­ing route fol­lows the nat­u­ral river with views of Shep­per­ton and two pubs. Nau­ti­calia has its orig­i­nal shop near Shep­per­ton Lock and also runs a pas­sen­ger ferry across the river to Wey­bridge where the River Wey Nav­i­ga­tion be­gins.

Soon af­ter Shep­per­ton Lock comes Chert­sey Bridge and lock. The town of Chert­sey with all its shop­ping and other fa­cil­i­ties is just a short walk from the bridge. A pleas­ant reach with moor­ings on the off­side leads to Lale­ham. Walk­ers need to be care­ful af­ter wet weather be­cause the slip­pery tow­path is nar­row in places and sand­wiched be­tween a busy road and the river’s edge.

Just be­fore Pen­ton Hook Lock is the en­try to Pen­ton Hook Ma­rina, the big­gest in­land ma­rina in Bri­tain, set in 80 acres of dis­used gravel pits.

Next comes Staines-upon-Thames with a handy pub and restau­rant next to the bridge. A replica of the Lon­don Stone, which once marked the City of Lon­don’s river ju­ris­dic­tion, stands on the north bank, while Staines town cen­tre is con­ve­niently close to the river­side.

Af­ter Staines comes the noisy M25 mo­tor­way, but soon there is wide open space as the river reaches Run­nymede, fa­mous for the Magna Carta and now noted for its me­mo­ri­als (see in­set).

Old Wind­sor Lock is fol­lowed by Wind­sor Home Park. There is no tow­path through the park (nor are boaters per­mit­ted to moor), so walk­ers need to cross Al­bert Bridge and fol­low a path

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