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Henley-on-Thames and Aston

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Henley-on-Thames and Aston
Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 28 Jan 2012 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Henley-on-Thames and Aston Walking Guidestar1 Henley-on-Thames and Aston Walking Guidestar1 Henley-on-Thames and Aston Walking Guidestar1 Henley-on-Thames and Aston Walking Guidestar1 Henley-on-Thames and Aston Walking Guide
Oxfordshire, Henley-on-Thames
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Henley-on-Thames and Aston
Length: 7 miles,  Difficulty: boot Henley-on-Thames and Aston Walking Guide boot Henley-on-Thames and Aston Walking Guide boot Henley-on-Thames and Aston Walking Guide
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A 6.5mile circular walk starting from Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire. The walk follows a long stretch of the Thames Path north up to Hambleden Lock, before turning away from the river to return via woodland and grass meadows.

The walk is mainly flat with just a couple of short ascents and it follows a mixture of tarmac, stone and firm mud tracks, some of which may be slippy after wet weather. There are 5 stiles and a few kissing gates, but all of the stiles have open fencing alongside making them easy for most dogs to negotiate. Note that access to the walk will not be possible during Henley Regatta. Approximate time 2.5 to 3 hours.

The walk starts from the River and Rowing Museum on Mill Meadows in Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire. There is a large long stay pay and display car park alongside the museum. Approximate post code RG9 1BF. Henley-on-Thames rail station is only a short walk away if you are travelling by train.

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Walk Sections

Henley to Thames Path
Henley to Thames Path

Start point: 51.5326 lat, -0.8953 long
End point: 51.5381 lat, -0.8997 long

The walk starts from the River and Rowing Museum on Mill Meadows in Henley. The museum is housed in a beautiful modern building overlooking Henley’s picturesque water meadows and river.

With your back to the museum entrance, go ahead through the gap in the hedge and follow the path to meet the river. Turn left to follow the path with the river on your right. Continue until you reach Henley Bridge, an old stone arch bridge across the river. Cross over Henley Bridge and then take the first left, and fork left down a small alleyway following the signs and acorn symbol to reach the Thames Path. Turn right to join the Thames Path heading north with the river on your left.

Thames Path to Hambleden Lock
Thames Path to Hambleden Lock

Start point: 51.5381 lat, -0.8997 long
End point: 51.5604 lat, -0.8739 long

The Thames Path is a National Trail of 184 miles which follows the length of the River Thames from its source in Gloucestershire to the Thames Barrier at Charlton.

After some distance you will reach Temple Island with its distinctive ornamental temple which was designed by James Wyatt and built in 1771. Temple Island marks the start of the course for Henley Royal Regatta.

Continue ahead and follow the river as it slowly bends round to the right until you reach Hambleden Lock.

Hambleden Lock to Flowerpot Aston
Hambleden Lock to Flowerpot Aston

Start point: 51.5604 lat, -0.8739 long
End point: 51.5514 lat, -0.8702 long

Pass through the wooden kissing gate and continue ahead to pass the lock on your left. Hambleden Lock was built in 1773 and sits alongside an impressive long weir. There are catwalk bridges over the weir if you wish to have a closer look.

Follow the wide tarmac track as it bends to the right away from the river and leaving the Thames Path. Follow the tarmac track winding between grass meadows. As the Flowerpot Hotel - a large red brick building with white signs - comes into view, fork left onto a narrow grass footpath by a fenced chicken run. At the T-junction with the road turn right (marked as the Thames Path) and you will come to the Flowerpot Hotel in Aston on your right.

Flowerpot Aston to Remenham Woods
Flowerpot Aston to Remenham Woods

Start point: 51.5514 lat, -0.8702 long
End point: 51.5449 lat, -0.8916 long

With the Flowerpot Hotel on your right go straight ahead up the single lane road. Immediately after Highway Cottage on your right, turn right through a kissing gate and go straight ahead up the grass paddock. Half way up the paddock, cross over the stile and continue uphill to the end of the paddock.

At the top of the paddock pass through the kissing gate and fork left along the farm track which runs parallel with the telegraph cables. Continue straight ahead for some distance, with crop fields left and right. At the end of the track, cross over another stile to meet a T-junction with a road.

Turn left onto the road and follow it for 300 yards, and then fork right before the large oak tree through a gap in hedge marked with a footpath sign. Follow the footpath diagonally across the crop field until you reach the woods.

Remenham Woods to Henley
Remenham Woods to Henley

Start point: 51.5449 lat, -0.8916 long
End point: 51.5337 lat, -0.8967 long

Follow the footpath into Remenham Woods marked with a sign for the Chiltern Way Berkshire Loop. Follow the path as it climbs uphill and bends to the right. At the far side of the woods, pass over a stile into a grass field and go ahead under the telegraph cables. At the field boundary continue to the left marked with a footpath sign into a belt of trees.

At the end of the belt of trees pass over another stile into a large private lawned area. Follow the path diagonally over the lawn and pass over a final stile (with a purpose built dog gate alongside). Go ahead to join a gravel path, pass through the wooden kissing gate (to the left of the metal vehicle gate), cross the road and pass through the gap in the hedge opposite. Go straight ahead over the grass fields heading directly for the river.

On reaching the river turn left to follow the Thames Path back to Henley Bridge. Retrace your steps by turning right over Henley Bridge and then turning left at The Angel to return to the museum.

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1 responses to "Henley-on-Thames and Aston"

The first half of the walk by the river is a bit bland on the south side but the Landlord of the Flower Pot tells us a new route is open on the north side of the river which could be a great alternative. Loved the return leg over the top, such variety, with great views and the red kites circling overhead.

By andyharper on 2015-04-09 16:29:15

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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