WallingfordHenley-on-Thames

Walhen two
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By Strider on 12 Sep 2023


Distance

21km/13mi

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Description

An alternative route to Walhen one.
Hopefully this addresses some of the criticisms and suggestions from Walhen One e.g. 'too many road sections' (Roger Gill), ' perhaps an alternative via Highmoor' (Martin Ellis)', and a flagged safety issue.
It still includes part of The Ridgeway and includes some beautiful Beech tree woods.
Slightly shorter too

An alternative route to Walhen one.
Hopefully this addresses some of the criticisms and suggestions from Walhen One e.g. 'too many road sections' (Roger Gill), ' perhaps an alternative via Highmoor' (Martin Ellis)', and a flagged safety issue.
It still includes part of The Ridgeway and includes some beautiful Beech tree woods.
Slightly shorter too

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This route has been reviewed by 3 people.

There are no issues flagged.

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Reviews - 3

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Is this route good enough? -  Yes (3)

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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)
Not present at time of survey Supermarket (1)
Not present at time of survey Restaurant (1)
Not present at time of survey Vegan restaurant (1)
Not present at time of survey Accommodation (1)
Not present at time of survey Accommodation < £50 (1)
Not present at time of survey Campsite (1)
Not present at time of survey Bothy (1)
Not present at time of survey Free wifi (1)
Not 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)
Not present at time of survey Bench (1)
Not present at time of survey Picnic table (1)
Not 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)
Present at time of survey Very slippery (1)
Present at time of survey Very muddy (1)
Maybe present Very icy (1)
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)
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)
Present at time of survey Cattle possible (1)
Not 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 45.0cm (1)

The steepest uphill gradient walking East 33.0% (1)

The steepest uphill gradient walking West 33.0% (1)

The steepest camber gradient across the path 9.0% (1)

How clear is the waymarking on the route: Unclear in places (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.

5.0% of the route is on roads (1)

7.0% of the route is lit at night (1)

10.0% of the route is paved (1)

20.0% of the route is muddy (1)

20.0% of the route is over rough ground (1)

10.0% of the route is through long grass (1)

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Wallingford
Grid Ref SU6072189371
Lat / Lon 51.59992° / -1.12469°
Easting / Northing 460,721E / 189,371N
What3Words cried.lyricist.recline
Henley-on-Thames
Grid Ref SU7636482271
Lat / Lon 51.53419° / -0.90042°
Easting / Northing 476,364E / 182,271N
What3Words orbited.code.commutes

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reviews


Theo Elliott

21 Apr 2024 Spring

A very enjoyable, largely off-road route, especially given that bluebells were in full bloom in the woods. It was a very easy route to follow with no confusing choices to make at path junctions.

Personally, I preferred WALHEN 1, as I feel that it had more variety in scenery and open farmland. However, this route would be recommended if you prefer to avoid settlements and any roads.


Martin Ellis

17 Sep 2023 Summer

Wallingford to Henley 2 (Walhen 2) review.

An extensive ramble in the Chilterns, which does well in following wooded paths for almost its entire length

Historic Wallingford has plenty of amenities and well worth an explore. The Slow Way crosses the Thames and then footpaths lead through fields to join The Ridgeway National Trail. There are a couple of A-roads to cross.

The three miles of Ridgeway follow the Grim’s Ditch earthworks (Photos 1 & 2). A marvellous walk, but narrow and undulating in places. Watch out for cyclists at the Wallingford end. There is a water tap toward the Nuffield end [SU660871].

I remembered from my Ridgeway walk in 2019 that Holy Trinity Church in Nuffield offers refreshments. Incidentally, there are otherwise no break points on this Slow Way. Detours could be made to pubs, maybe at Highmoor or Bix, but I did not investigate these options.

The route continues through stretches of woodland, emerging periodically to cross farmland. The bridleway out from Nuffield looks like it can get rather muddy (Photo 3).

There is a brief pavement walk alongside the B481 in Highmoor (Photo 4), and then it is back to enjoying the trees.

The route weaves around a tennis court, pond (Photo 5) and a quiet lane. There is a final stretch of woodland, helpfully marked out by white arrows (Photo 6).

The approach into Henley crosses a golf course (Photo 7). There is only one point of caution where a fairway crosses the footpath. As with Wallingford, there is plenty to enjoy in Henley.


Strider

12 Sep 2023 Summer

I walked from Henley to Wallingford.
Shops in Henley, stock up, there are few places to stop on this route.
Quickly out of Henley through quiet streets and across a well signed golf course. Then a mix of farm land but mostly beech woods on chalky soils. On this hot muggy September day the trees were full of haws, berries, crab apples, mast, acorns, blackberries galore (might be bluebells in spring), so colourful. Some very short section along quiet roads with wide verges, maybe 100m of vergeless roads in total.
The high point is Nuffield (couldn't find the Trig though). Nuffield Church is lovely inside and worth a visit if only for the tea and cake, for a voluntary contribution. Great views from here along the Ridgeway.
The paths are variable from wide tracks to undulating, narrow, muddy, rooty, tracks weaving between trees. Some steep parts, 30%. Chalk can be slippy when wet. Stiles, etc make this unsuitable for wheels. Following white arrows is good advice.
The Ridgeway is well signposted and a delight to walk. Great views through the hedge gaps.
Where you leave the Ridgeway to head towards Wallingford there is a busy roundabout on the A4047, I managed to cross the roads as shown, but if very busy you can cross the roads bit-by-bit at the roundabout itself.
Cutting across fields with crops and along a cut through takes you to the main road across the bridge into town. I can recommend the Dolphin Pub for an excellent breakfast served by friendly staff.
Really lovely walk.
PS. My phone GPS was playing up, so some photo locations are quite random.


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