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