Length: 24.2 km (15.0 mi) [shorter options by taking buses]
Net Walking Time: 5 ¼ hours
Length: 27.5 km (17.1 mi)
Net Walking Time: 6 ½ hours
Take the 09.42 Reading train from Paddington (Ealing 09.50, Slough 10.10), change at Twyford (arr. 10.30, dep. 10.38), arrive Henley-on-Thames 10.50.
Missed the 09.42? Take the 09.50 to Slough (10.06) and change onto the above Twyford train.
Return trains: 16.24, 17.09 (shave off 18 mins by changing at Maidenhead onto a faster train), 17.46 (via Reading), 18.17 (shave off 12 mins by going via Reading), 18.48, 19.18....
[going via Reading requires a dearer ticket, in principle]
This walk had an outing in early March, following which the longer option has been fully written up. Some of us will take the opportunity to check the walk directions for that version!
In many respects this is a similar walk to the Book 2 Walk 6 Henley Circular (via Stonor and Pishill) walk. It’s a bit longer and (the main walk) a fair bit flatter but both go along one side of a valley in open countryside on the opening leg and return to Henley on the other side in the afternoon, often through attractive woodland. This walk, however, also finishes with a lovely, peaceful Thames path back to Henley. However, this walk covers completely different territory to the Book 2 favourite visiting new villages and countryside not incorporated in other SWC Henley and Chilterns walks in the area.
The longer version loops through Stonor (Deer) Park, the decision point is after 12.7 km.
Note: apart from being a very nice walk in a very scenic part of the Southeast, there is also a Midsomer Murders theme to this walk, details of which you’ll find on the webpage or in the pdf.
: The Stag & Huntsman
(6.8 km/4.2 mi, food to 14.30) or The Frog
(10.9 km/6.8 mi, food to 14.15) or The Bull & Butcher
(12.3 km/7.6 mi, food to 14.30). Tea
: plenty options in Henley, you will have your favourites, else see the webpage or the pdf.
For walk directions
, height profile, some photos
and gpx/kml files
Next Week: Box Hill & Westhumble Circular or to Dorking