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Day Hike: Pleasant Pheasant Hill, Hambledon, Henley & banks of the River Thames

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Day Hike: Pleasant Pheasant Hill, Hambledon, Henley & banks of the River Thames



  • Banks of the Thames
  • Hambleden Mill & weir
  • Temple Island
  • Red Kites
  • Filming location of Band of Brothers
  • Hambledon
  • Henley upon the Thames

This relaxed hike starts and finishes from Henley on the Thames.

The River Thames features in the first quarter of this figure of 8 hikes as we amble along the manicured left bank of the river, passing the picturesque Temple Island. The Henley Regatta takes place on this stretch in the first week of July. Next is a river crossing and up into Ridge Woods, where we get glimpses of Hambledon and probably many Red Kites. We will then drop down to Pheasants Hill, depleted of the bird by the same name, probably due to the population of Red Kites, before we enter the picturesque village of Hambleden (often used in filming).

On leaving the village, we contour along the side of the valley, with fine views, before crossing the Thames over the weir at Hambleden Mill and walking across the watermeadows to Aston. The final leg takes us over part of Remenham Hill through patches of woodland and into Henley for a rehydration stop before the train home.

This is a great walk on which to see red kites, a once nearly-extinct bird of prey that was reintroduced to the Chilterns, who circle overhead with their haunting cries throughout the walk.

Distance: 15-16km (c.10 miles) circular route
Ascent: c.150 metres
Estimated Duration (approx): 5 hours walking
Difficulty: Moderate

You can choose to meet at London Paddington Station or the Hike Starting Point. The applicable time and meeting points are detailed below.

Assembly Time: 09:00
Move to the departure platform at 09:25
The train departs at 09:38
(Change at Twyford a 10:09/ d 10:15)
The train arrives at 10:27

Meeting Point: London Paddington Station. We will assemble close to the Ticket Machines and the main ticket office.

Your Hike leader will meet you at London Paddington Station.

HIKE START POINT MEETING DETAILS (Hike leader will meet you here)
Time: 10:30 am (if meeting at Henley on the Thames Station)
Meetup Point: Henley on the Thames - outside the front

It is impossible to promise a specified finish train and time, but we aim to be back in London by 19:00

The cost for the hike and train tickets is £30 per person.
The cost for the hike is only £10 per person.

The PayPal payment option is automatically set to the Hike & Train option. Please amend the payment to the applicable amount if you require Hike Only.

HIKE INCLUDES (Based on £30 per person)

  • Guided Hike planned and led by experienced AAA leaders, trained Summer Mountain Leader with Wilderness First Aid Training.
  • PayPal fees
  • Return Train Fare


  • Lunch, drinks or any refreshments
  • Souvenirs
  • Meetup Fee levied on all purchases via meetup
  • Entrance fees to any attractions you wish to visit


  • Suitable hiking shoes or boots
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers (Please no jeans!)
  • Water [2L recommended]
  • Warm/Windproof layer, e.g. Down/Primaloft/Fleece
  • Wicking base layer, e.g. Polyester/Tencil/Merino
  • Camera & Phone
  • Picnic lunch and snacks

Please update your RSVP to say ‘No’ if your plans change. Others can then take advantage of the newly available place.
If the hike is full, please email after the event and request a refund, less the PayPal/Meetup fees. You must provide your email for the PayPal account and transaction reference.

If you have any other questions, please check out our FAQ page; if you are still unsure, contact the event organiser as shown on this event page.
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