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Henley on Thames and the Oxfordshire Way trail DAY HIKE

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Price: £22.00 /per person

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# £22 including train tickets from London Paddington #

Come and join us on a delightful and rural river Thames walk in the Southern Oxfordshire countryside. We shall follow the Thames tow path up towards the well preserved village of Hambledon and then make our way through woods, fields and meadows back to Henley. Being a shorter hike it's well suited to the early sunset and we'll finish it in daylight about 30 minutes before sunset.

Walk Description

Henley is of course famous for it’s rowing regatta each summer and is a picturesque town settled on a meandering, wide and slow flowing section of the Thames. We shall pass Fawley Temple (built on an island in the river in 1771 as a fishing lodge for a wealthy local landowner) and then cross over the weir footbridge at Hambledon Mill (over 200m wide and an experience in itself!) After passing the village of Hambledon which dates back over 1000 years our trail then heads off through Great Wood and back to Henley along the Oxfordshire Way for a well earned drink in a delightful riverside pub with outside seating by the Thames.

The town of Henley and it’s beauty has attracted many famous names including Liam Gallagher, George Orwell, George Harrison who have/had homes there.

We are also very likely to see Red Kites - a beautiful and rare bird of prey

Elevation plot of actual hike (>click here for larger version (<):

Transport & Meeting Point
We'll meet at 9:30 am in front of the main ticket office at Paddington Station (near platform 1). We'll leave the meeting point at 9:45am prompt for the 9:57am train.
Click here for a map of our meeting point:
Planned return time into London of 6:31pm (we will have a group train ticket so you are committed for the day until then)
We'll stop during the walk for a picnic and we'll visit a pub after the walk where we can get refreshments.
Distance, Pace and Difficulty
Distance: 10.5 miles (16km)
Pace: Moderate to slightly brisk (not an amble)
Difficulty: 5/6 out of 10 (has two hills)
Walking time: About 4/4.5 hours of actual walking
The walk is £22.00 per person which includes the guided hike and train tickets from London Paddington.
What to Bring
Appropriate walking clothes and footwear >more info here<
Water (at least 1 litre)
Packed lunch/picnic
Money for drinks and refreshments after the walk
That's it! I'll take care of all train tickets, logistics on the day etc, so just turn up, bring a smile and we'll have a fun day hiking :-)
Your safety is very important to us and this walk is led by a trained Walk Group Leader ( (MTE) and qualified Outdoor Activity First Aider with extensive hike leading experience. A First Aid kit is carried and the walk is well known to the walk leader.
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