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Garston Lock

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Planning your visit

Address: Sheffield bottom lock Picnic Park car park, Swingbridge, Off Hanger Road, Theale, RG7 4AJ

Price: Once you're parked up, it won't cost you a thing

Toilets: None on site

Garston Lock is one of two remaining turf sided locks, the other being Monkey Marsh at Thatcham, which is also a scheduled monument. Cycle to Garston Lock and find out what's special about it!

Great for

A great place to watch the boats drift by and spot wildlife

  • Dog walking
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Walking
  • Canoeing


Sheffield Bottom Lock Picnic Park, Theale village, Theale Nature Reserve walk

Spot a boat

Chances are you'll see some narrowboats, and if you're in luck one may go through the lock!

Picnic spot

There is a picnic area along side Sheffield Lock


You may see:

  • Swans
  • Ducks
  • Heron

Spot waterbirds such as mute swans, mallard, coot, moorhens. You may even catch sight of a kingfisher!


There's a canalside car park off Hanger Road, signed Sheffield Bottom Lock Picnic Area. Take the first left after swingbridge from Theale, or turn right before swingbridge from other direction. It's a half mile walk or cycle from here to Garston Lock

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