Length: 14.9km (9.2 miles) - with possible 2.6km (1.6 mile) extension
Toughness: 3 out of 10 9.42
train from Paddington
(9.50 Ealing Broadway
) to Twyford, arriving 10.30, changing there for the 10.38 to Henley, arriving 10.50.
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Would you believe this very nice little Thames walk has not had a Saturday outing for nearly five and a half years? (Though it has featured on Sundays much more recently.)
It falls into four almost equal quarters. The first takes you along the less manicured bank of the Thames north of Henley, an interesting walk passing close to Temple Island and a fine manor house. You then cross a wooded ridge to lunch in Hambleden (with a short cut possible).
The Stag and Huntsman
in Hambleden is always a popular pub, so calling ahead to book a table might not be a bad idea, but we usually manage to squeeze in. Other options include the Hambleden Village Stores
, which sells hot drinks and some deli items and has a couple of outside to eat them at. Alternatively, 2.2 miles after Hambleden is the Flower Pot Inn
in Aston, a possible late lunch stop.
The section between Hambleden and Aston is a gentle stroll across the Thames valley with some fine views en route and the crossing of the dramatic Hambleden Weir
. The last quarter of the walk crosses farmland over Remenham Hill, though you can take the riverside path instead if you wish.
If anyone wants to walk from Hambleden to Marlow
after lunch (a 15.1km/9.9 mile
walk from Henley), full instructions are now included in the walk document.
Back in Henley, the Chocolate Cafe is the obvious tea choice. If you want to work off some of the calories after tea, brief instructions are now given in the directions for the very pretty riverside extension
down to the scenic Marsh Lock
after tea: you could continue from there on the Thames Path to Shiplake, but this quite soon becomes suburban in character: better just to reverse your steps to Henley: out and back like this adds 2.6km/1.6 miles
to the walk). Trains back
from Henley are at 23
past to 18.53
, then 19.35