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The author Agatha Christie is buried at Cholsey Church (¾ mile from station) under her married name of Mallowan. An Agatha Christie trail leaflet is available from Wallingford Tourist Information. From the walk to the church there are good views of trains on both the main line railway and the Cholsey & Wallingford Railway. The Thames Path is 1¼ miles from the station at Cholsey Marsh.

Cholsey & Wallingford Railway (at station)

A 2½ mile preserved former Great Western Railway rural branch line, known locally as 'The Bunk' to Wallingford (see below). Trains leave from their own bay platform at Cholsey station and they may be steam or diesel hauled. Museum and café at Wallingford station which is ½ mile from the town centre.
Open please see website for operating days.

Cholsey Marsh Nature Reserve 1¼ miles

A Thames-side marsh with reed and sedge beds, patches of grassland, willow scrub and two large ponds. Warblers, ducks, kingfishers, dragonflies and wetland plants including the rare Loddon lily. Admission free.
Open at all times but best visited Mar-Nov.

Cholsey map

Wallingford 3 miles or by bus (or C&W Rly)

Wallingford is an attractive and historic market town with old buildings, narrow streets, an elegant bridge over the River Thames and remains of a royal castle. Earthworks of the castle can be seen in the Castle Gardens and Castle Meadows. Visit the Museum for details of the castle, including its destruction immediately after the Civil War. Leaflets for town and local walks are available from the Tourist Information Centre. The Thames Path passes through Wallingford. It is a pleasant 3 mile walk from Cholsey station (4 miles via the Thames Path) or there are buses and the Cholsey & Wallingford Railway (station ½ mile from town centre).

TI Town Hall. Tel. 01491 826972.
Bus 136 from Papist Way (near station) to Wallingford Market Place, 11 minutes journey, M-S hourly. Operated by Thames Travel. Buses also operate from Goring & Streatley, Henley-on-Thames and Oxford.

Wallingford Museum by bus

The history of Wallingford from earliest times to the present day, covering the early Saxon fortified town, the prominent medieval royal castle and its destruction, the River Thames and bridge, and local inhabitants including Agatha Christie. Features include a Victorian street scene and a scale model of Wallingford station.
Open Mar-Nov, TWThFS & BH (also Sun Jun-Aug) 1400-1700, opens 1030 on Sat.
Bus see Wallingford above.

Wallingford map

Explorer Map 170 Abingdon & Wantage

Explorer Map 171 Chilterns West

Thames Path in the Country

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