Walk length 13 miles/20 km approx. Circular.
A beautiful and varied walk taking in the town of Henley-on-Thames, the village of Rememham, the water mill and weir at Mill End and the villages of Medmenham, Hambledon and Aston.
The walks starts from Henley (renowned for the Henley Royal Regatta rowing event since 1851) taking the bridge over the river to the path for Mill End and a great river walk passing the Temple Island summerhouse and fishing lodge built for Fawley Court in 1771 and the village of Rememham.
We then cross the river again at the lock and weir at Mill End (closed in 1995 and mentioned in the Doomsday Book of 1086) before continuing the path along the river to Medmenham.
The route from Medmenham takes us over a hill to Hambledon (valley used for a great deal of film and TV locations). The return walk takes us across the river back over the Mill End weir for a more inland walk past Aston with superb panoramic views back to Henley.
This walk is quite long and although largely flat does contain some step climbs. Will have a pack lunch mid point along the walk, and visit a pub in Henley for a longer stop at the end of the walk.
This is walk 2 which is slightly longer and will also be at a more hiker pace (moderately) than walk 1. Please only sign up for one of the walks. Both groups will get together at the end for some social drinks.
Lunch and Meeting
Please bring a packed lunch and water for the walk. The walk should finish at about 5pm and include a 30 min snack lunch stop and pub stop at the end, however the time may be earlier or later than this depending on the weather and pace (we have a relaxed pace which includes sightseeing and photography).
Transport and meeting:
Car: Meet from 10.15am for the walk to start at 10.30am at the Council Car Park, Greys Road, Henley, RG9 2AA, which is free on a Sunday.
Greys Road Car Park is close to the central town hall and along Market Place (see photo below). Other car parks are also close.
PLEASE LEAVE ENOUGH TIME TO PARK, WE HAVE TWO GROUPS GOING AND HENLEY IS LIKELY TO BE BUSY, THE GROUP CAN'T BE EXPECTED TO WAIT.
There is another free car park at Kings Road, Henley, five minutes away. For a complete list of the car parks at Henley see http://en.parkopedia.co.uk/parking/henley_on_thames/
Please also check for any restrictions when parking.
Train: The 08.42 train from London Paddington (change at Slough and Twyford) gets to Henley for 09.55.
If you are coming by train please let the organizers know, the Council Car Park is 5 minutes away From the station. I would encourage you to seek out other members who are driving from London, or who can go as part of a group save on the train.
First Great Western offer group saver tickets, you can also check times:
See: First Great Western
Please make a note of the organizers numbers - Leon[masked] and Colin 07709305681.
RSVP: The organizers monitor non-attendance; we will ban anyone who 'no shows' twice for our events. You are also asked to please update your RSVP at least 24 hours beforehand. Please see our RSVP policy
Weather: see BBC Weather Please see our weather policy
Walking Safety: Walking is a great way to keep fit and generally very safe; however it does contain an element of risk. Before going on any of these walks you need to be reasonably fit and be prepared to be responsible for your own safety. You must wear appropriate clothing such as proper walking boots, warm and wet weather clothing and carry sufficient food and water. Please see our Terms and Conditions.