Henley-on-ThamesMaidenhead

Henmai one
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By a Slow Ways Volunteer on 07 Apr 2021


Distance

18km/11mi

Ascent

153m

Descent

145m

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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Henley-on-Thames and Maidenhead.

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Reviews - 4

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Is this route good enough? -  Yes (4)

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Surveys

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Description Note
Grade 4: Route includes very rough surfaces including deep ruts, steep loose gravel, unmade paths and deep muddy sections. Wheelchairs may experience traction/wheel spin issues.
Access grade X: At least one stile, flight of steps or other obstacle that is highly likely to block access for wheelchair and scooter users.
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Facilities

Facilities in the middle third of this route.

Not present at time of survey Public toilet (1)
Not present at time of survey Wheelchair accessible toilet (1)
Present at time of survey Supermarket (1)
Present at time of survey Restaurant (1)
Maybe present Vegan restaurant (1)
Present at time of survey Accommodation (1)
Maybe present Accommodation < £50 (1)
Present at time of survey Campsite (1)
Not present at time of survey Bothy (1)
Not present at time of survey Free wifi (1)
Present at time of survey Public phone (1)
Present at time of survey Mobile phone coverage (1)
Not present at time of survey Train station (1)
Present at time of survey Bench (1)
Present at time of survey Picnic table (1)
Present at time of survey Bus stop (1)
Not present at time of survey Ferry (1)

Challenges

Potential challenges reported on this route. Some challenges are seasonal.

Not present at time of survey Scrambling (1)
Not present at time of survey Wading (1)
Not present at time of survey Swimming (1)
Not present at time of survey Climbing (1)
Not present at time of survey Stepping stones (1)
Not present at time of survey Very slippery (1)
Maybe present Very muddy (1)
Very icy (0)
Maybe present Likely to flood (1)
Present at time of survey Long grass sections (1)
Present at time of survey Crops encroaching on path (1)
Not present at time of survey Diverted path (1)

Obstacles

Obstacles on this route.

Present at time of survey Stiles (1)
Present at time of survey Step and kerbs (1)
Not present at time of survey Possible to avoid steps, if applicable (1)
Present at time of survey Flights of steps (1)
Present at time of survey Gates (1)
Present at time of survey Kissing gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Locked gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Disables access gates (1)
Present at time of survey Cycle barriers (1)
Not present at time of survey Ladders (1)
Not present at time of survey Cattle grids (1)
Not present at time of survey Fords (1)
Not present at time of survey Narrow bridges (1)
Not present at time of survey Ferry required (1)
Present at time of survey Acceptable road walking (1)
Not present at time of survey Unacceptable road walking (1)
Not present at time of survey Dangerous road crossings (1)
Present at time of survey Walking on paths beside roads (1)
Present at time of survey Walking on verges beside roads (1)
Not present at time of survey Railway crossings (1)
Not present at time of survey River crossings (1)
Not present at time of survey Cattle possible (1)
Present at time of survey Horses possible (1)
Not present at time of survey Tidal area (1)
Not present at time of survey Potential falls (1)
Not present at time of survey Exposed to elements (1)
Not present at time of survey Remote area (1)
Not present at time of survey Mountainous area (1)
Not present at time of survey Military training area (1)
Not present at time of survey No visible path (1)
Not present at time of survey Seasonal nesting birds (1)
Not present at time of survey Other hazards (1)

Accessibility

Is this route step and stile free?

Not present at time of survey Free of stiles (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of single steps/kerbs (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of flights of steps (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of other obstacles (1)

Measurements

Surveyors were asked to measure the narrowest and steepest parts of paths.

The narrowest part of the path is 50.0cm (1)

The steepest uphill gradient walking East 21.0% (1)

The steepest uphill gradient walking West 29.0% (1)

The steepest camber gradient across the path 24.0% (1)

How clear is the waymarking on the route: Very clear (1)

Successfully completed

We asked route surveyors "Have you successfully completed this route with any of the following? If so, would you recommend it to someone with the same requirements?". Here is how they replied.

Small Pug-sized dog (0)
Small Labrador-sized dog (0)
Large St. Bernard-sized dog (0)
Standard pram (0)
Off-road rugged pram (0)
Standard wheelchair (0)
Off-road rugged wheelchair (0)
Standard mobility scooter (0)
Off-road rugged mobility scooter (0)

Recommended by an expert

We asked route surveyors "Are you a trained access professional, officer or expert? If so, is this route suitable for someone travelling with any of the following?" Here is how they replied.

Small Pug-sized dog (0)
Small Labrador-sized dog (0)
Large St. Bernard-sized dog (0)
Standard pram (0)
Off-road rugged pram (0)
Standard wheelchair (0)
Off-road rugged wheelchair (0)
Standard mobility scooter (0)
Off-road rugged mobility scooter (0)

Terrain

We asked route surveyors to estimate how much of the route goes through different kinds of terrain.

20.0% of the route is on roads (1)

20.0% of the route is lit at night (1)

25.0% of the route is paved (1)

20.0% of the route is muddy (1)

15.0% of the route is over rough ground (1)

15.0% of the route is through long grass (1)

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Geography information system (GIS) data

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Start and end points

Henley-on-Thames
Grid Ref SU7636482271
Lat / Lon 51.53419° / -0.90042°
Easting / Northing 476,364E / 182,271N
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Maidenhead
Grid Ref SU8903381171
Lat / Lon 51.52245° / -0.71810°
Easting / Northing 489,033E / 181,171N
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Henmai One's land is

Arable 30.7%
Pasture 24.8%
Urban 37.1%
Woods 7.3%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018

reviews


Strider

19 Nov 2022

I walked from Henley to Maidenhead.
Agree with previous reviewers, a fine walk.
Not for wheels, lots of stiles and kissing gates, narrow rooty paths, steep in places. It had been raining recently when I walked it and it was squelchy in places, I imagine it may get very wet and muddy in winter.
But a beautiful walk, easy to navigate with good signage. Wide views, big skies with kites. Lots of variation from wild woods to open fields to manicured parks to suburban pavements.
The road through Maidenhead is not pretty, but direct. If you're going to/from Maidenhead Station there's a short cut through Grenfell Park but you'll miss the town centre.


Martin Ellis

27 May 2022 (edited 30 May 2022)

Henley to Maidenhead (Henmai 1) review.

A very pleasant walk from Henley which heads east, following parts of The Chiltern Way and Thames Path; then turns south through landscape managed by the Berkshire College of Agriculture, to end with an urban walk into Maidenhead.

The Slow Way starts at Henley Station and the route passes plenty of amenities before crossing over the Thames. It follows The Chiltern Way through Remenham Wood (Photo 1) and then across fields with good views north down towards the river.

There’s a good break point at The Honey Pot in Aston. The route then joins the Thames Path as it leaves the riverside to cross a deer park (Photo 2). From there the route follows the riverside path (Photo 3), skipping only a small loop, to reach Hurley.

Hurley has a village shop and two pubs: The Olde Bell (Photo 4) and The Rising Sun. The Slow Way leaves Hurley via a footpath which ascends to the appropriately named High Wood (Photo 5).

The attractive wood is managed by the Berkshire College of Agriculture and there are signs asking walkers to keep to the current designated path, which might not necessarily follow the exact route.

The Slow Way descends towards the college grounds. On my visit I was diverted slightly from the expected route, via a statue of Diana, but it was clear which way to go. Head south along the central lane past a zoo and equestrian centre, turning left at the main house.

The route then returns to field footpaths. The Crown pub at Burchett’s Green was closed for business at the time of my walk (May 2022). The route turns east to arrive at Maidenhead Thicket: once the haunt of highwaymen, but now a series of enjoyable woodland walks (Photo 6).

Cross the motorway footbridge to the carpark. Careful to turn right out of the carpark (not left as I did!) to find the footpath into town. Unfortunately, it is quite a long walk along urban streets to reach the end of the route, at Maidenhead shopping centre.


Sumaria

26 Mar 2022

A really nice route! Walked from Maidenhead to Henley on a sunny Saturday in March 2022.
It takes an hour to walk out of Maidenhead along residential roads (occasional shops for snack top-ups) but then it is delightful through Maidenhead Thicket, Burchetts Green, the college of agriculture, the Thames Path and the grounds of Culham Court, and the walk in to Henley.
There are a couple of kinks in the route that could be ironed out, e.g. on Farm Road in Maidenhead. It is mostly footpaths with gates, but some stiles in the last section. Safe.
Photos:
1. Maidenhead town centre waking up
2. Robin Hood’s Arbour
3. Burchetts Green College of Agriculture
4. View towards river with sheep
5. Culham Court
6. View from Culham Court to the river, with daffodils
7. Early view of Henley.


SofaJockey

11 Jul 2021

An enjoyable walk. From Henley it heads up through woods and fields over Remenham Hill, before gently dropping back along the Thames. Good paths, though with 3 stiles. The walk along the Thames is delightful and heads south away from the river through Hurley village (pubs and a shop). Heading up a steep hill from the valley bottom along a very narrow footpath, the route cuts along good paths through Berkshire College of Agriculture grounds to Burchett's Green. Continuing along footpaths through fields and Maidenhead Thickett, the route crosses a footpath over the Motorway into the suburbs of Maidenhead. The final section of the route proceeds along suburban roads into the centre of Maidenhead. A good route, rated 4* in my view because of the lovely river and woodland sections. It's not better still because of the narrow path up hill and the uninspiring (and unavoidable) suburban section into Maidenhead.


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