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Time Out Walks, Book 1, Walk 1, Henley Circular. 4/3/13.
So, finally get around to the first walk in the series! And what a very pleasant Oxfordshire 10 miler this turned out to be... Aided and abetted by some fine walking weather, and good conditions underfoot (there had been recent floods down this way), the walker is soon on the banks of The Thames following the Thames Path, which is followed all the way to the weir at Hambleden Mill. This is always worth a pause on the 250 metre footbridge to absorb the power of water, and the occasional Grey Wagtail. Thereafter, the scenery changes as it's north, away from the river, across fields to lunch in the pretty hamlet of Hambleden. There's the usual recommended hostelry, or, in this case, a church bench. Fed and watered, the journey continues through some wonderful woodland to reach the high point (c.160m) of the walk at Roundhouse Farm. Then, it's on to the hamlet of Fawley, passing another victim of the ailing pub trade, and a speeding car, to reach Fawley Church.More fields are crossed before reaching Henley Park to join the Oxfordshire way. This provides some fine views across the valley before taking the walker through a wood and so on back into Henley. A very pleasing walk, with great variety, which is always appreciated. A great choice to whet the appetite for the rest of the walks in the book, and all those that follow it! (There was clear evidence of the current deer 'problem' in the Great Wood. We have too many deer now, which used to be eaten; we have a beef problem. Substitute one for the other, and both problems are solved, with a healthier result!).
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