Sunset on the Thames, Pangbourne

Henley to Pangbourne walk

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Along the valley

Henley to Pangbourne

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Still along the valley

Henley to Pangbourne

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Rotherfield Peppard - All Saints

Henley to Pangbourne

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Laid hedge

Henley to Pangbourne

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Imposing tree

Henley to Pangbourne

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Alpaca country

Bosedown Alpaca Farm. They have a lot of them. Henley to Pangbourne

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Henley to Pangbourne walk

Another lovely country ramble, and the perfect pub crawl. Starts and finishes by the Thames, via forests and several country pubs.

History

This is a list of previous times this walk has been done by the club (since Jan 2010). For more recent events (since April 2015), full details are shown.

Date # Post
Wed, 26-Sep-18 18

Wednesday Walk - Henley to Pangbourne

Length: 19.6 km (12.2 mi)
Ascent/Descent: 250/242 m; Net Walking Time: ca. 4 ½ hours
Toughness: 4 out of 10
Take the 10.12 Reading train from Paddington (Ealing B’way 10.20), change at Twyford (11.00/11.08) arriving Henley-on-Thames at 11.20
Return trains: xx.16 and xx.48 (change at Reading)
Buy a Pangbourne Return.
A lovely walk, starting and finishing by the Thames, and passing through many woods and pubs en route.
The walk starts beside the Thames in Henley, goes down one of Henley's most ancient streets, out into a broad valley, to the church and first pub at Rotherfield Greys. It then goes to the church at Rotherfield Peppard, and thereafter it is fields, beech woods and small villages.
This walk does not suffer from a shortage of refreshment stops and includes three pubs ideally located for the lunch stop, plus others. The walk also includes an alpaca farm just outside Whitchurch where you can watch hundreds of alpacas grazing in the fields, towards the end of the walk.
The walk then carries on to the Whitchurch parish church beside the Thames, to the toll bridge over the Thames, and finally into Pangbourne for a last refreshment stop.
Lunch: The Red Lion (6.9 km/4.3 mi, food to 15.00) in Peppard Common, The Unicorn (7.9 km/4.9 mi, food to 15.00) in Kingwood, The Reformation (10.5 km/6.5 mi, food to 14.30 ) in Gallowstree Common/Kidmore End.
Tea: see the webpage.
For walk directions, map, height profile, photos and gpx/kml files click here. T=1.51
trouble and strife. were rife. on the henley train...
The ticket inspector on this branch line demanded (perfectly justified) that punters were buying a Twyford to Henley single (£2,00) on top of their Pangbourne return. One or other SWC folk were having none of it. The ensuing verbals continued all the way to Henley, so that the inspector could not inspect anybody else's tickets. Taking one for the team...
The weather was warm and pleasant, near perfect walking conditions, so much so that plenty of fairweather walkers were in attendance. 16 got off the train, one was already waiting on the platform and another had also taken the earlier train but walked ahead to get back to London early. 18 therefore.
Some very pretty valleys on the route, many (mostly) enchanting woods, but also some drab bits along country lanes and field boundaries. In all, still a very good walk. The undersigned passed on the first two designated lunch pubs to find the third (and last) closed, despite 'Under New Mgmt' and 'Now Open' signs outside, so strode on. The promise of a Thai restaurant a few paras further along kept the spirits up, but that restaurant is now history: half torn down already and to be replaced by the inevitable 'Luxury' accomodation. So I had my lunch (and a very tasty Blacksheep) in Whitchurch, very near the end of the walk! A first for me.
Sat, 22-Oct-16 18

Saturday Second Walk - A southern Chiltern classic

Book 1, walk 51 - Henley to Pangbourne
Length: 19.2 (11.9 miles)
Toughness: 6 out of 10

9.50 train from Paddington (10.00 Ealing Broadway) to Twyford, arriving 10.42, changing there for the 10.50 to Henley-on-Thames, arriving 11.02.

Buy a day return to Pangbourne. This should be accepted from Twyford to Henley if you explain you are on a walk, but if not the upgrade cost should not be too much.

For walk directions, click here

What better way to celebrate this season of mists, mellow fruitfulness and deepening mud than this book one classic, which despite starting and finishing on the Thames is really a walk on the gentle southern fringes of the Chilterns.

There are four options for lunch, numbers two and three being perhaps best to aim for as they are close together and if one is full the other hopefully will oblige. Number one is a gourmet option but too early in the walk: number four would be a bit of a stretch for all but the fastest walkers. (Assuming all are still open: research - aka a quick Google - suggests they all still have active websites).

In the afternoon you can either hammer on to get to the Lou La Belle Cafe in Pangbourne, which closes at 5pm, or take it easy and enjoy the daylight which today lasts till the soon-to-be extravagantly late hour of 6.20pm (5.52pm sunset).

Trains back from Pangbourne are at 17 and 47 past. Don't bother trying to change at Reading for a faster train to London as this saves 10 minutes at best.


18 on this walk on a day of some nice sunshine. We soon split into sub groups and as far as I know someone ate at each of the three middle lunch pubs. Seven or eight of us chose the Red Lion. The decor here was a bit shabby but the menu interesting. It was just about warm enough to sit in the garden.

Most leaves are still green but some good autumn colours are starting to come through gold on the tops and exposed sides of beeches, some cherries aflame with red, a few yellow maples, and all of these colours plus some attractive maroons in the hedgerows. There were lots of red fly agaric mushrooms in the woods. In general, though I say so myself, this was a good autumn choice, with even more woods than I remember.

The walk was also given a thorough check by its adopter. An updated version will appear on the site in due course.
Terrific walk yesterday. I'd forgotten how lovely this walk is in the autumn, particularly the woodland stretches. I lost contact with the rest of the group after the first pub so walked alone for most of the rest of the day but enjoyed a close encounter with a small group of muntjac in the wood just before the Reformation pub.

I don't know if the walks "adopter" picked this up but at para 38 when you come to a tarmac road and turn left you can cross this road, go through a wooden kissing gate directly opposite and bear left diagonally across an open field to reach the edge of the wood where you turn right and continue with the directions from the end of para 39. This is a public right of way on the OS map and avoids a bit of road walking.
Sat, 14-May-16 20

Saturday First Walk Book 1 Walk - Henley to Pangbourne

TOCW1 walk 51 - Henley to Pangbourne

I remember this as being a lovely walk, which didn't get posted at all last year, and it avoids the current disruptions on Southern services.

Length: 11.9 miles (19.2km) rated 6 out of 10.

There is an option to shorten it to 8 miles, but this involves getting a bus to Reading from Cane End.

Travel: Get the 0943 from Paddington (Ealing Broadway 0951) changing at Twyford for the 1050 Henley train, arriving 1102. Buy a return to Pangbourne. Return trains are xx:17 and xx:47 (change at Reading for a faster train to Paddington). The Pangbourne ticket is usually accepted to Henley. An interesting one for rail ticket buffs, is whether you can get the later 0957 Henley train via Reading (2 changes arr 1102), which is the same fare?

Lunch: You pass three pubs on the walk, but the third, The Reformation, is about halfway, and according to its website does food from 12-3pm (it closes at 4pm). Anyone with a dog should go for the Unicorn.

Directions: L=1.51

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Would like to join on Sat but not sure where to download directions! A bit of an IT duffer!
Click on 'Henley to Pangbourne', the last words in the posting, then click on the 'Walk Directions' tab on the site that opens up. And Bob's your uncle.
Number=20 Weather=sun and cloud and a light breeze
There were about another 12 walkers on the train so it looked like we were going to be a rather big bunch but they got off of the train with us at Henley and then went so only 20 of us thankfully
Some fast walkers at the front and others walking at their own pace meant for a number of little groups lunching in different venues
5 of us had lunch at The Reformation which was good (the fish and chips was rated very highly) and they were fairly quiet and we had quick and friendly service. A nice pub with a good garden and lots of room.
Tea at Lou La Belle was nice though not cheap and we were in time to check out the local organic supermarket and the charity shops
The walk is pretty with a variety of woods and fields and fenced in paths and only a steep hill in the afternoon so not really a 6 out of 10. The end is about 2K of road walking which is unfortunate but for some reason it seems impossible to get down to the river on the side that we were on so you walk parallel to it alongside fields filled with alpacas or llamas, I can't work out which ones they were – the young had very big heads
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20 sun and cloud and a light breeze
Sat, 27-Sep-14 20 Henley to Pangbourne
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