Length: Marlow Circular 21.6km (13.4 miles)
or Marlow to Henley 15.2km (9.4 miles)
Toughness: 4 out of 10 Marlow Circular, 1 out of 10 Marlow to Henley T=2.8 9.57
train from Paddington
(10.05 Ealing Broadway
) to Maidenhead, changing there (arrive 10.34, depart 10.38: connection usually held, but don't shilly-shally)
for Marlow, arriving 11.01.
Buy a day return to Marlow
if doing the circular walk
If doing Marlow to Henley
there is technically such a thing as a Thames Branches Day Ranger (click on the link for more)
which covers both lines, but probably the only place you could buy that is at the ticket office in Paddington, and I wouldn't bet on them having heard of it there either: but I mention it because it is the same price as a day return to Henley
: so buy that and tell any officious ticket inspectors on the Marlow branch that you wanted to buy the Ranger.
For walk directions
. For GPX
. For a map
of the route click here
. E pericoloso sporgersi
, as they used to say on the windows of Italian trains - it is dangerous to stick your neck out. But we had some thumping cold nights on 2 and 3 October, with even a frost reported in Oxfordshire, and that might - just might - be producing some leaf colour by now.
Hence this walk. Starting out with a good stretch along the Thames (and in case you have been reading the comments, Temple Island Bridge reopened in late May, apparently)
, you pass through the pretty village of Hurley
and past all sorts of semi-wooded bits which could be looking pretty and autumnal if they want to be. There are early lunch options in Hurley, but a more likely stop is the Flower Pot
in Aston 6.1 miles into the walk, one of the few pubs to still offer traditional pub "fayre" (served all afternoon).
After lunch you have a choice. Two shorter walks to Henley
are possible - one over Remenham Hill (8.4 miles
from Marlow), the other along the river path (9.5 miles
) - with the tempting prospect of the Chocolate Cafe at the end of the walk. Trains back from Henley
are at 23
past the hour
Or continuing with the main walk
you come in another 2 miles to Hambleden
where there is a pub, plus a village shop which serves hot drinks and cakes if you are gasping and has a couple of outside tables to sit at while you consume them.
There is then a delightful five mile walk across gentle and very wooded hills into Marlow, which has so many tea options you could write a book about them, but where the traditional choice is Burgers (pronounced "Burjers" apparently), a place which has absolutely nothing to do with beef patties served between buns, but instead has a wonderful range of cakes. It closes at 5pm but there are later options, including the usual cafes Costa/Nero/Starbucks, cosy pubs etc. Trains back from Marlow
are at 06 past the hour.