Sonning Hill

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The River Thames near Sonning Hill.
The island in the Thames near Sonning Hill.

Sonning Hill is a hill near the village of Sonning in Berkshire, England, close to the River Thames.

Local area[edit]

The Sonning Cutting takes the Great Western Railway through part of the hill between Twyford and Reading. There was an early railway accident at Sonning Cutting on 24 December 1841.[1]

There are good walks by the river in this area.[2] At the foot of the hill by the Thames is Ali's Pond Local Nature Reserve, a nature reserve laid out with paths and large ponds in 1997.[3] The UK headquarters of two major software companies, Microsoft and Oracle Corporation are also located here on the Thames Valley Park business park.


At this point in the River Thames, towards the Oxfordshire side of the main river channel, there is a long thin island creating two branches of the river.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Accident at Sonning Hill Cutting on 24th December 1841". Railways Archives, United Kingdom. Retrieved 5 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Berkshire Way — Reading Bridge to Ashenbury Park". BBC Berkshire. March 2006. Retrieved 5 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Ali's Pond Local Nature Reserve". Sonning Parish Council, United Kingdom. 23 February 2009. Retrieved 5 September 2011.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ "Map 2" (PDF). Berkshire Way — Reading Bridge to Ashenbury Park. BBC Berkshire. March 2006. Retrieved 5 September 2011. 
Next island upstream River Thames Next island downstream
Heron Island Sonning Hill Sonning Eye

Coordinates: 51°28′12″N 0°54′25″W / 51.470°N 0.907°W / 51.470; -0.907