Hallsmead Ait

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Upper end of Hallsmead Ait from the side.
Hallsmead Ait from downstream.

Hallsmead Ait is an island in the River Thames in Berkshire, England.[1][2] It is on the reach above Shiplake Lock near Lower Shiplake.[3]

The island is large and triangular shaped, forming a pair with The Lynch, a similar shaped island. It is uninhabited and covered with a wide variety of trees. Although it is positioned towards the Oxfordshire bank of the river, it is actually in Berkshire.[4]

Berry Brook starts close to the Redgrave-Pinsent Rowing Lake to the southwest, running northeast through the Thames floodplain, before joining the river at Hallsmead Ait.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.geograph.org.uk/gridref/SU7677
  2. ^ OS OpenData Streetview (Layer at OpenStreetMap.)
  3. ^ Cove-Smith, Chris (1996). The River Thames Book. St Ives, Cambridgeshire: Imray Laurai Norie & Wilson. p. 92 (Map 14). ISBN 0-85288-286-6. 
  4. ^ Reading, Henley-on-Thames, Wokingham: Street AZ Atlas. Geographer' A-Z Map Company. 1995. p. 15. ISBN 0-85039-277-2. 
Next island upstream River Thames Next island downstream
Buck Ait Hallsmead Ait The Lynch

Coordinates: 51°29′29″N 0°53′43″W / 51.4914°N 0.8954°W / 51.4914; -0.8954