Pangbourne River Meadows

The Meadow

Pangbourne River Meadows are a beautiful area looked after by the Parish Council for the enjoyment of all.

They were purchased by the people of Pangbourne via public subscription in 1936 to protect them from development and ensure that this important stretch of Thames riverside would continue to be available for all to enjoy.

Throughout the summer it is used for picnics and recreation, and hosts the annual Village fete in June.

Adventure Dolphin Centre which is an independent charitable trust also operates from the meadows. Please see the Adventure Dolphin Website for details.

The furthest section of the River Meadows (the area which remains more "naturalised") is owned by The National Trust for the benefit of the village. It too is still managed and maintained by Pangbourne Parish Council under covenants and agreements made when the land was acquired, also in 1936.

This area has a section for boat moorings. Free mooring is permitted for 24 hours.

After the first footbridge, the remainder of the Thames path trail to Purley is under private ownership but remains a public right of way (PROW).

The Meadow can get very busy in the summer months, so please ensure you take any litter home with you, or use the bins provided at the Dolphin Centre car park and Recreation Ground car park.

We encourage our visitors to be considerate to each other and nearby residents. If any behaviour makes you feel uncomfortable, please do report any incidences of anti-social behaviour to the police on 101 or online (, or on 999 in the case of a genuine emergency.


Pangbourne Meadow Byelaws
The Meadow