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Henley-on-Thames

Oxfordshire


Slow Ways linking Henley-on-Thames and Goring, Lane End, Maidenhead, Marlow, Reading, Twyford (Wokingham), Wallingford, Watlington (South Oxfordshire)

England / Oxfordshire / Henley-on-Thames

Henley-on-Thames’s eight Slow Ways are 84% checked

Drawn: 8/8
reviewed: 8/8
verified: 7/8
and surveyed: 4/8

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Walk to Henley-on-Thames from further afield

Slow Way Route To do
Goring—Henley-on-Thames
Gorhen one Survey me Distance 19km/12mi Ascent 242m Descent 260m
Henley-on-Thames—Lane End
Henlan one Survey me Distance 13km/8mi Ascent 55m Descent 197m
Henley-on-Thames—Maidenhead
Henmai one Enjoy me Distance 18km/11mi Ascent 153m Descent 145m
Henley-on-Thames—Marlow
Henmar one

Enjoy me Distance 13km/8mi Ascent 71m Descent 67m
Henley-on-Thames—Twyford (Wokingham)
Hentwy one Survey me Distance 15km/9mi Ascent 41m Descent 31m
Reading—Henley-on-Thames
Reahen one Enjoy me Distance 15km/9mi Ascent 40m Descent 50m
Wallingford—Henley-on-Thames
Walhen one

Survey me Distance 22km/14mi Ascent 316m Descent 331m
Wallingford—Henley-on-Thames
Walhen two Enjoy me Distance 21km/13mi Ascent - Descent -
Watlington (South Oxfordshire)—Henley-on-Thames
Wathen one Verify me Distance 19km/12mi Ascent 309m Descent 382m

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Collective progress

83% of Henley-on-Thames’s eight route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

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9/9

reviewed

4/9

surveyed

8/9

verified

17 people have contributed to Henley-on-Thames’s Slow Ways

4 people have pledged to walk and review a route

4 people have surveyed a route in Henley-on-Thames

153km out of 153km have been walked and reviewed

548km of reviews have been shared in Henley-on-Thames

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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....

Theo Elliott

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The footbridge at Temple is currently closed with no date given for its re-opening, hence this route as plotted cannot be completed....

kevyn stanley

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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 approach into Henley crosses a golf course (Photo 7). As with Wallingford, there is plenty to enjoy in Henley....

Martin Ellis

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Quickly out of Henley through quiet streets and across a well signed golf course. Some very short section along quiet roads with wide verges, maybe 100m of vergeless roads in total. The paths are variable from wide tracks to undulating, narrow, muddy, rooty, tracks weaving between trees. 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....

Strider

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Wallingford—Henley-on-Thames

Strider added Walhen two, a new walk from Wallingford to Henley-on-Thames

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The route is the same as Henmai for a large part of the route. There are longer and more scenic alternatives to this route but this is reasonably direct (a slow way requirement) and still very lovely, but you have choices if you have time to wander. I was lucky to meet a chap called Mátt Helson who allowed me across the bridge, otherwise I would have had to walk a longer and less attractive route along the diversion as described above (see picture)....

Strider

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There are opportunities for refreshments at pubs in Stoke Row and Rotherfield Peppard, as well as a well-stocked shop and cafe in Stoke Row....

Theo Elliott

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Starting in picturesque Henley, along a wide stretch of the Thames with impressive white residences on the other side, then to Hambleden Lock and breathtakingly pretty Mill End weir, before wandering into Hambleden village (church, pub and shop) and the unspoilt Hambleden valley....

Sumaria

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I walked from Henley to Maidenhead....

Strider

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Watlington to Henley (Wathen 1) review. We walked from Henley to Watlington on a sunny October day in 2022. Martin has posted lovely photos, so I have just posted an Autumnal view, a twisty tree, a fungal specimen and a tree laden with tiny yellow apples....

Sumaria

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A pretty strightforward route, except at Pheasant's Hill, where you have to go round three sides of a square of roads rather than stright through some houses, as indicated....

Ianschagen

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A Slow Way that follows the excellent Thames Path National Trail from Henley via Shiplake to Sonning, then loops back to a final walk into Twyford. The route through Shiplake skips a loop of the Thames Path created in 2020....

Martin Ellis

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Then there is a section of fields to cross, following by quite a long stretch on "quiet lane" roads, which were indeed very quiet, with only an occasional car....

Derick Rethans

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It follows the Thames Path from Henley to Lower Shiplake, where it then continues to use the *older* route of the Thames Path to Shiplake, from where it then continues to Sonning Bridge, which you cross, and then you backtrack on the other side of the Thames to go to Charvil, from which you then walk along a busy road and, after crossing a really busy roundabout with no pedestrian crossing, you make it to Twyford. The section south of where you leave the Thames is the least pleasant, but the rest is a lovely walk, albeit with some narrow sections. At the time of walking, Marsh Lock was not accessible as it's being refurbished, but I followed the Thames Path diversion that was well signed....

Derick Rethans

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Route is largely on quiet roads and not many footpaths.Follows Chiltern Way Extension in early part. Would be ok for wheels in the mid section. Several pubs on the route and quite easy to navigate....

Sandybay

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There is a steep ascent to a tarmacked lane with a break point at The Five Horseshoes (Photo 4). There's a descent towards the B480, but the route turns back to ascend again, across fields to a tarmacked lane. The Slow Way takes a quiet lane into Middle Assendon, with a break point at The Rainbow Inn (Photo 8). The route heads east up a steep footpath (Photo 9), that turns south onto the Oxfordshire Way into Henley....

Martin Ellis

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An excellent Slow Way that crosses fields and woods, to then follow the scenic Hambleden Valley, and finally a stretch of the Thames Path into Henley. The route heads south down a lane; leaving it for a winding path through woods (Photo 1). The route crosses fields (Photo 2) and turns south down a quiet lane. The route south to the Thames is across fields with more great views (Photo 5)....

Martin Ellis

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In this direction there is very little uphill, as you're coming down from the Chilterns towards the Thames. There were lots of woody areas, but also open fields and some road walking, but not in any dangerous spots....

Derick Rethans

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This route is for people who want to make an enjoyable outing and don't mind going the extra mile....

Petr Sadilek

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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 route then joins the Thames Path as it leaves the riverside to cross a deer park (Photo 2). 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....

Martin Ellis

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An excellent Slow Way which essentially follows a stretch of the Thames Path, albeit with two divergences from the riverside path. The Thames Path is then followed through a deer park and beside the river. Otherwise, the Slow Way returns to the Thames Path at the riverside....

Martin Ellis

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Nice start and end to route on well kept bridleways, rest of route on what were referred to as 'quiet lanes'. I wondered if they had been old drovers roads gradually upgraded as it was a largely straight line between the 2 river crossings. Not much traffic and some pleasant woodland walking....

Phil Edwards

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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. Culham Court. View from Culham Court to the river, with daffodils4...

Sumaria

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Lovely river walk, mostly following the Thames Path. If you don’t like hills or stiles, or want to see the beautiful weir and lock at Mill End, stick to the river path. You will see bird life, dog walkers and people messing about on the river, and cross the river on attractive bridges. Stick to the obvious river path....

Sumaria

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This is a very pleasant route through woodland and quiet lanes, with only one instance of a steep incline. You ascend a rough woodland path (Photo 1) and then a tarmacked lane (Photo 2) into Woodcote. The final leg of the walk is through woods and along the Park and Prime Lane path & bridleway. For walkers interested in extended their route, I recommend adding a stretch of the Goring Heath woodland southeast of Woodcote....

Martin Ellis

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Beware that the final stretch of path between Shiplake and Marsh lock can get extremely boggy in winter and sometimes floods completely....

OddPomme

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The route starts at Reading Station and heads straight to the river, following it to the mouth of the Kennet in East Reading. An alternative route via Reading landmarks can be found in Reatwy One (Reading to Twyford)....

Martin Ellis

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The route continues along English Lane, which is tarmacked as far as English Farm (Photo 3) and a rough path thereafter (Photo 4). The route turns east towards Henley at Peppard Common. The woodland walk into Henley is along the Park and Prime Lane path & bridleway (Photos 11 & 12). As a final point: the Rotherfield Peppard to Henley section is also on the Goring to Henley route (Gorhen 1)....

Martin Ellis

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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....

SofaJockey

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There are plenty of places to explore en route; Nuffield church sits a top of the Ridgeway and Stoke Row has the Maharajah's Well....

RogerGill

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Berkshire Walker surveyed Reahen one

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An easy to follow, mainly flat riverside route, almost all on the official Thames Path between Reading and Henley. Passing through attractive parkland, meadows, countryside and Thames side towns and villages with pubs, cafes and other facilities. Good access from train stations....

Berkshire Walker

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Henley-on-Thames

Berkshire Walker surveyed Henley-on-Thames

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There was a herd of cattle on the Thames path, just before Hambledon Lock and noticed this deterred a lot of people from walking onwards....

Jane Powell

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If I were to do this again I'd start in Cholsey (with its train station) and cut across to Wallingford alongside the community train line, skip the centre of Wallingford and instead join the Ridgeway much earlier via the bridge further south....

jharris_reading

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Between the towns, the whole route is along well-marked footpaths or extremely quiet country roads. Next time, I'll follow the river more closely between Aston and Remenham though....

TobyKo

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Henley-on-Thames

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Goring—Henley-on-Thames

Slow Ways added Gorhen one, a new walk from Goring to Henley-on-Thames

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Henley-on-Thames—Lane End

Slow Ways added Henlan one, a new walk from Henley-on-Thames to Lane End

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Henley-on-Thames—Maidenhead

Slow Ways added Henmai one, a new walk from Henley-on-Thames to Maidenhead

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Henley-on-Thames—Marlow

Slow Ways added Henmar one, a new walk from Henley-on-Thames to Marlow

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Henley-on-Thames—Twyford (Wokingham)

Slow Ways added Hentwy one, a new walk from Henley-on-Thames to Twyford (Wokingham)

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Reading—Henley-on-Thames

Slow Ways added Reahen one, a new walk from Reading to Henley-on-Thames

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Wallingford—Henley-on-Thames

Slow Ways added Walhen one, a new walk from Wallingford to Henley-on-Thames

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Watlington (South Oxfordshire)—Henley-on-Thames

Slow Ways added Wathen one, a new walk from Watlington (South Oxfordshire) to Henley-on-Thames

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Henley-on-Thames’s Slow Ways starting point

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Lat / Lon

51.53419° / -0.90042°

Easting / Northing

476,364E / 182,271N

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Supermarket or convenience shop

Restaurant, cafe or pub

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