Highway to Hambleden

PUBLISHED: 16:03 03 August 2010 | UPDATED: 14:50 20 February 2013

Hambleden Sign

Hambleden Sign

This quintessentially English village, near Henley, is a walker's paradise. Photography by David Watson...

This quintessentially English village, near Henley, is a walker's paradise.


Photography by David Watson


This picturesque and much filmed village was given to the National Trust by the family of the bookseller WH Smith, The village itself is an idyllic cluster of charming brick and flint cottages grouped around an old-fashioned square dominated by a magnificent chestnut tree and old-fashioned pump and water trough.




What to see: The Church of St Mary itself is known as the Cathedral of the Chilterns, because of its unusually large size, and dates from the 14th century. Inside, you'll find a 16th-century panel, reputedly Cardinal Wolsey's bedhead, bearing the Cardinal's hat and the Wolsey Arms.




The village is also home to the Chiltern Valley Winery & Brewery, where evening tours are popular and you can enjoy a glass of beer straight from the cask if you've worked up a thirst on your walk.



The village is an idyllic cluster of charming brick and flint cottages and has featured in such films as: One Hundred and One Dalmations and The Avengers and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Bang.


Where to eat: The Stag & Huntsman is a typical English pub in the heart of
the village that serves traditional food and real ale.


Getting there: Hambleden lies just off the A4155 between Henley-on-Thames and Marlow and within easy reach of the M4 and M40 motorways.


Did you know? Hambleden Mill featured in Three Men in a Boat.


Did you know? The village has been featured in Little Britain, as the Welsh town of Llanddewi Brefi.




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