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SWC Walk 223 Henley-on-Thames Circular (via Turville) - Stonor Park Extension

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Stonor Park and Valley, from Shakepeare's Way

SWC Walk 223 Henley-on-Thames Circular (via Turville) - Stonor Park Extension

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View of Turville

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June where the long and short walk divide

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North Easterly view from Cobstone/Turville Hill

SWC Walk 223 Henley-on-Thames Circular (via Turville)

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Henley via Turville Circular walk

The Midsomer Murders Walk

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
Sat, 09-Sep-17 14

Henley via Turville Circular - hills around the Thames

SWC Walk 223 - Henley via Turville Circular
Length: 24km (15 miles): options from 15.8km (9.8 miles) to 21km (13 miles) using buses
Toughness: 5 out of 10

9.42 train from Paddington (9.50 Ealing Broadway) to Twyford, arriving 10.20, changing there for the 10.38 to Henley, arriving 10.50.

Buy a day return to Henley-on-Thames (ie NOT -in-Arden)

For walk directions, click here.

This walk apparently visits many locations that featured in Midsomer Murders, but to those like me who never watched that TV series it is just a pretty walk in the Thames Valley and southern Chilterns. You might describe it as "Henley via Hambleden plus" since it explores the territory north of the lunch stop on that book two walk. It has four pub options for lunch, and although all are described as busy on summer weekends, it is arguably not so summery any more, so hopefully we will be able to squeeze into one.
The full walk is quite long at 15 miles - there is an even longer 17.2 mile version through Stonor Park if you are training for a Himalayan holiday - but there are two ways to shorten it using buses:

- Take a bus at the start of the walk to Hambleden Lock, cutting out 5km (3.1 miles) and making the main walk 19km (11.9 miles). See the Walk Options on page 3 of the walk pdf for directions on how to find the bus stop in Henley. Assuming the train runs on time, possible buses are the X80 at 11.05 or the 850 at 11.23

- Catch a bus from Hambleden Greenlands stop towards the end of the walk: 800, 850, X80 buses are roughly on the hour and half hour till 19.30, then 20.14, 21.15, 22.15. This saves 3.2km (2 miles) of walking (admittedly quite a flat two miles along the river) and so reduces the main walk to 21km (13 miles).

If you did both of these bus shortcuts, the walk would be just 15.8km (9.8 miles) - or 19.5km (12.1 miles) if you did the longer route in the afternoon.
Trains back from Henley are at 23 and 53 past till 18.53, then 19.35, 20.23, 21.23, 22.21, 23.11. T=3.223
Watch out for the body sticking out of the hedge. You have been warned......:>)
14 on this walk, one joining us by car at Mill End and the other coming on a later train and getting the bus to the same place. One on the original train also stated his intention of getting the bus to Mill End but was never seen again. Two boots were found sticking out of a hedge halfway through the morning (see photo on our Facebook page) so possibly he will be featured in a future episode of Midsomer Murders.

The weather was quite a lot of sunshine with one huge hailstorm in the afternoon. The sun lasted long enough for some of us to have lunch in the garden of the Frog in Skirmett. Others, including three newbies, had lunch in the Bull and Butcher in Turville (never saw them again either: people certainly do disappear with amazing frequency in this part of the world). You are spoilt for choice for pubs on this walk, as both places were very pleasant. The Frog staff were a bit unsmiling but the food was damned tasty, so we forgive them.

The morning is very flat. In the afternoon we were threatened with lots of hills, but in fact there was one big long hill (a gentle one) and otherwise lots of fairly level tracks through woodland. The woodland came in useful as shelter when the hailstorm hit: after that it was a bit iffy weatherwise but little rain really.

Coming down to the main road we found that the Henley Show was just coming to an end with showjumping, traction engines and I don't know what. Some got the bus here, while four of us (and maybe two later?) did the riverside walk. This was beautiful with sunshine chasing the dark clouds away to the east. A lot of geese and swans on the river for some reason.

A good number of us got to the Chocolate Cafe in time, where we overcompensated for the calories used up in our 15 miler. Top marks to them for having a vegan chocolate cake. And so homewards, breathing great lungfuls of particulates on our diesel train, but with a brief glimpse of a cleaner electric train (they are being rolled out) at Southall.
Wed, 14-Jun-17 11

Wednesday Walk - Henley-on-Thames Circular via Turville (The Midsomer Murders Walk)

Length: 24.2 km (15.0 mi) [shorter options by taking buses]
Ascent/Descent: 220m
Net Walking Time: 5 ¼ hours
Toughness: 5/10
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Length: 27.5 km (17.1 mi)
Ascent/Descent: 425m;
Net Walking Time: 6 ½ hours
Toughness: 8/10
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.
Lunch: The Stag & Huntsman in Hambledon (6.8 km/4.2 mi, food to 14.30) or The Frog in Skirmett (10.9 km/6.8 mi, food to 14.15) or The Bull & Butcher in Turville (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, map, height profile, some photos and gpx/kml files click here.t=swc.223

Next Week: Box Hill & Westhumble Circular or to Dorking
I'm thinking of getting a bus at the start, hoping to meet up in Hambledon. The plan is to get the 1018 from Ealing Broadway (1011 Paddington) arr Henley 1119. The 800 leaves Norman Avenue near the station at 1145, arriving Mill End 1200.
On a hot and sunny day: 11 walkers.
9 had taken the posted early train (early for mid week), 1 had struggled to get out of his patch of West London due to tube and bus disruptions and was half an hour behind, 1 other was behind as planned, taking a bus from Henley to Mill End. The Frog in Skirmett was reached at 13.15 by all but 1 very fast walker, and a table inside was chosen over yet more sun exposure out in the lovely garden. Good food, quickly enough served, in very pleasant surroundings.
1 enthusiast added the excursion up the hill to the windmill by Turville to the route, all else sped on along the long version of the walk, which includes Stonor Park. The enthusiast nearly caught the main group again, in Stonor Park, but got sucked in by the promise of tea and ice cream to divert to the new cafe by the visitor centre.
Said extension is fairly hilly, but also very scenic, with splendid views of Stonor House and its ancient stone circle, and up Stonor Valley, and later across the Thames Valley.
On the home straight along the Thames one could admire the extensive prep works for the Henley Regatta in 2 weeks time.
18.17 train for some, The Angel pub for others.

Sat, 04-Mar-17 12

Saturday Walk - Henley-on-Thames Circular (via Turville) [The Midsomer Murders Walk]

Length: 24.0 km (15.0 mi) [shorter options by taking buses (see webpage)]
Ascent/Descent: 250m
Net Walking Time: 5 ¼ hours
Toughness: 5/10
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Length: 26.8 km (16.7 mi)
Ascent/Descent: 425m;
Net Walking Time: 6 hours
Toughness: 7/10
Take the 09.38 Oxford train from Paddington (Ealing 09.46), change at Twyford (arr. 10.43, dep. 10.50), arrive Henley-on-Thames 11.02.
For the longer walk you may fancy a start an hour earlier: take either the 08.38 train or the 08.57 via Reading option (this demands a slightly dearer ticket though!)
Return trains: xx.24 (74 mins journey time, shave off 10 mins by changing at Slough onto a faster train)
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 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 – map-led – through Stonor (Deer) Park, the decision point is after 12.7 km.
Note: apart from being a very nice walk in a 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.
Lunch: The Stag & Huntsman in Hambledon (6.8 km/4.2 mi, food to 14.30) or The Frog in Skirmett (10.9 km/6.8 mi, food to 14.15) or The Chequers Inn in Fingest (12.1 km/7.5 mi, food to 15.00).
Tea: plenty options in Henley, see the webpage or the pdf.
For walk directions, map, height profile and gpx/kml files click here.t=swc.223
As Peter knows I wrote a similar walk to this one but it has its lunch stop at the Bull and Butcher inTurville jfk
Want to walk the longer version, but have to be back early. Solution: am aiming for the 8.57 via Reading for a 10.02 start from Henley.
The 8.57 was delayed sufficientlying to miss the connection at Reading back to Twyford, so a Plan B was needed. Bumped into a nother SWCer near the main exit, and we decided to cab it to Henley. Got.there a few mins b4 the train, but no one else was on it. Off into the sunshine, initially along paths familiar from other walks, then further up the valleys. Splendid views, pretty villages. Got to The Frog for noon. Excellent food. On to the hillier part of the walk, still in sunshine initially. Very nice scenery, Stonor Park probably the best part of it. Occasional rain from 14.45 onwards. Time in Henley for cream tea at the Chocolate Café. 16.24 train.
Was with the main party, arriving Henley at 11, about 10 of us, 1 of whom got the bus to Mill End and joined there and 3 returned the way they had come down the valley from various turning points instead of going over the top.
Slightly cloudy on leaving Henley and on approaching the lock I commented 'the sun's wanted in about 100 yards' and it duly arrived as we started to cross the lock and stayed to lunchtime for the very pleasant walk up the valley.
Only 4 of us in the Frog, not sure where others went to for lunch, so a well split group.
12 sunny then rainy
Sun, 19-Jun-16 8

A new(ish) ramble in the Chilterns around Henley on Thames

Download walk 223 – Henley circular via Turville
Length 24.0km (15m); toughness 4/10- a few gentle inclines
Trains 09:48 London Paddington to Twyford 10:37; then 10.43 Twyford (Plat 5) to Henley 10.55.
Return trains from Henley to Twyford at xx:07 where you change for connecting trains to London Paddington.
In terms of the general terrain this is a similar walk to the Book 2 Walk 6 favourite – Henley via Stonor circular – but this relatively new walk covers completely different territory, visiting a number of small villages which have featured in the Midsomer Murders and the Vicar of Dibley.
There are a number of pub options on this walk including the tried and tested Stag and Huntsman in Hambleden but this comes very early in the walk after just 4.5m. Your recommended lunch time pub is the Frog in Skirmett which you reach after 7 miles. The walk notes also give two other options a little further on in the walk.
Note: pubs in this area are very popular on a Sunday so you will need to phone ahead.
You can shorten the walk by catching a bus at Greenlands College back to Henley. This reduces the walk by 2m. If the weather is poor you could lunch at Hambleden and then walk back along the Thames path to Henley. This would make a short walk of about 8m.

Further information about the walk can be found here. Click on the Download walk pdf tab at the top of the page for full walk instructions and other possible walk options.
Anyone planning to do this walk?
8 on this walk in perfect rambling weather, w= cloudy and dry with a light breeze. Two decided to do a short walk, lunching at Hambleden and then ambling back to Henley. The rest of us were all sandwich eaters so we walked past the recommended lunch time pub the Frog in Skirmett and walked on to Turville which is an absurdly attractive hamlet with an excellent pub, a small church and grounds a few metres away with benches and a windmill on a hill which you can climb up towards to enjoy the expansive views and your lunch.
After resting for 45 mins with some of us visiting the Bull and Butcher we set off on the mainly woodland stretch back to Henley where we enjoyed a cuppa at the Chocolate Theatre cafe and met up with one of the short walkers before catching the 17.07 train.
All enjoyed the walk which although quite long presents no problems with navigation although as the author I could not understand what possessed me to to direct people down a lane at Hambleden for 70m when you could go through a lovely churchyard.
If you are a confident map reader or have GPS you can do many walk variations in this area and emboldened by the comments for this walk I may post my 17.2m Henley circular later in the summer for those who enjoy a long day out.
Sun, 24-May-15

Sunday Walk 1 – A Chilterns Mystery Tour

Extra Walk 223 Henley circular via Turville
24km (15m); toughness 4/10
Trains: London Paddington 09.32 (Ealing Broadway 09.40) to Twyford 10.18. Then Twyford 10.43 to Henley 10.55
Return trains from Henley to Twyford to connect with trains back to London are at xx:01
This “Midsomers Murders” walk had its first outing last summer and we had no reports of any “losses”! It traverses lovely open countryside before lunch and woodland tracks in the afternoon, and visits some beautiful hamlets and villages. (If you have the energy when you reach Turville you can climb a path to a windmill at the top of a hill and enjoy stupendous views of the village and surrounding countryside).
It’s a long walk but not overly strenuous and you can shorten the walk by taking one of the bus options at the start or end of the walk. (See walk options).
As this is a bank holiday Sunday this walk has a number of pub and lunch options but you must ring beforehand as they are all popular and bound to be busy if the weather is warm and sunny.
Further information about the walk with all the pub lunch and other refreshment options plus full walk instructions can be found here.
Sat, 16-Aug-14 9 Henley Circular via Turville