Join us on an easy paced ten mile circular walk from Henley in Oxfordshire. We enjoy a beautiful stretch of the Thames past Temple Island before picnic lunch at Hambleden and then on through the Great Wood. Finally the Oxfordshire Way takes us back to Henley, a riverside pub and our train home.
The Thames here is still a broad river and we will see the rowing crews bend their backs as the coaches cycle past us on the bank to keep up. Some will be in training for the famous Henley Regatta held later in June.
Temple Island a couple of miles up plays host to Fawley Temple, a pretty neo-classical folly built in 1771 by James Wyatt for local landowner Sambrooke Freeman. Soon we leave the river at Hambleden Mill, crossing by the 250 metre footbridge over the weir.
The small village of Hambleden has a huge church and a monument to the Earl of Cardigan, leader of the Charge of the Light Brigade in 1854. Just the place for our picnic lunch and loo-stop. There is a small shop for tea and a cake if you like.
After lunch we continue through the Great Wood with its mature trees, glimpsing the Thames below us from the top - yes there is a hill but not too difficult! The rest of the walk we enjoy rolling countryside and some lovely views along The Way and then back through stately Henley Park into Henley.
At the end of the walk there is a really nice pub, The Angel On The Bridge, that does food - and a beer for those who fancy it. We should be there by about 4pm. Hopefully the weather will be kind and we can sit outside on the terrace over the river-bank. The train station is just a few minutes away.
In more detail:
We meet from 09:15 at Paddington Railway Station to board the 09:57 train. Tom will be outside the ticket office.
We arrive at Henley-On-Thames (having changed at Twyford) at 11:02, so if you want to meet us there, just let us know so we can look out for you.
The return journey to Henley normally costs £14.90 but, in a group of four it is half price.
If you arrive by 09:30 we promise to get you into a group of four and your ticket will cost £7.45. Trains back are at 24 mins past the hour every hour in the afternoon.
There is a £4 cash charge for this walk. Pay Tom on arrival.
You will also need to bring money for your train fare, food and drinks during the day.
Please note there are risks associated with all outdoor activities. This is a ten mile hike and although we are not one of the fastest groups we ask that you are reasonably fit and have suitable clothing and footwear for the walk. Also please avoid doing anything that would put you or other members of the group in danger. I will post a weather forecast the night before.
Hope you can come