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Route for a walk on the Berkshire banks of the River Thames

PUBLISHED: 15:48 18 March 2019

Scenic view of the river Thames at Hambleden Lock (Photo by Peter Elvidge/Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Scenic view of the river Thames at Hambleden Lock (Photo by Peter Elvidge/Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Peter Elvidge

A stunning walk on the Berkshire banks of the River Thames, passing through a deer park and Hambleden Lock

This walk is a wonderful opportunity to get some outdoor exercise whilst enjoying varied landscapes from Remenham Wood to charming Culham Court Deer Park and stunning views of the River Thames.

You’ll pass Culham Court on your way, which is a Georgian mansion that was built in 1771 and is now privately owned, and also Hambleden Lock, built as early as 1773.

There’s an opportunity to stop for refreshments at The Flowerpot Hotel. Here you will find an eclectic collection of taxidermy, an open log fire and a picturesque garden.

This walk starts and ends in Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire, but is mainly on the Berkshire banks of the river.


Information

• Start/finish: Henley Station: Station Road, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. Postcode RG9 1AY

• Map: OS Explorer 171, Chiltern Hills West

• Distance: 8 miles or 13km

• Terrain: A little hilly to begin with but flattens out towards the river

• Time: 4 hours

• Refreshments: Mid-walk at The Flowerpot Hotel or Henley at the end


The walk

1 From Henley Station (SU 76405 82280) take the footpath next to the station and Tubbies Diner (the path is a little concealed). At the end of the footpath you need to cross Meadow Road and turn right until you see the river on your left and a path towards it; follow this path towards the river. At the Thames Path turn left and follow the river towards Henley Bridge, with the river on your right.

2 Cross Henley Bridge (SU 76328 82658) and continue along the road straight ahead (White Hill, A4130) going steadily uphill past The Little Angel pub until you reach a footpath on the left.

3 Turn left at the footpath (SU 76960 82610), taking the right-hand path uphill and follow this into Remenham Wood. After a short climb the path levels out and you reach Remenham Church Lane. Cross the road and take the footpath ahead that’s slightly to the left.

4 The footpath (SU 77408 83073) now goes across a farm with mobile animal fencing either side and Woodside Farm on your right. Follow this path until you reach a junction and take the second lane on the left, an official footpath. After a short walk you’ll reach Aston Lane. Turn right at the lane and follow it until you reach the main road, White Hill (A4130). Immediately before the main road, turn leftinto the field using the footpath and you will soon see the back gardens of the houses on Remenham Hill. Keep walking with the gardens on your right until you reach the main footpath of the Chiltern Way. [The Chiltern Way is a waymarked national footpath that runs about 134 miles or 200km with some extensions.]

5 Follow the Chiltern Way footpath (SU 78010 82970) north across the field with a glimpse of the Thames valley. The path bears right and then straight on again. Look out for a black gate on the right of the footpath. This gate leads to Culham Court Deer Park and is fairly high. The park features fallow deer and a number of white deer, so if you are lucky you will be met with a small skittish deer herd.

6 Now follow the waymarked path across the field. With the Chapel of Christ the Redeemer on your right, follow the waymarked path left and right down the hill until you reach the river. [The Thames Path is a National Trail along the course of the River from its source near Kemble in Gloucestershire to the Thames Barrier at Charlton and is about 184miles, 296km long.]

7 Follow the Thames Path (SU 79320 83748) left so you can see the river to your right with Culham Court House to your left.

8 Continue on the Thames Path until you reach a small road, Aston Lane. Turn right and then left and then right again down a footpath, with The Flowerpot Hotel to your right. This traditional English pub is a good spot to stop before the last leg of the walk.

9 Follow the footpath downhill as it bears left, with fields to your left and the river in front. Aston Hamlet is close to an old ferry landing stage over the Thames and the area was the site of a battle between Royalist and Parliamentarian forces during the Civil War in the 17th century.

10 Soon the footpath reaches Hambleden Lock. Do not cross the river but follow the Thames Path with the river on your right until you reach Henley Bridge again and the walk finishes.


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