This walk explores the area around the National Trust's Greys Court in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.
The estate surrounds a 16th century mansion and is a lovely place for a stroll with peaceful woodland trails, beautiful gardens, a turf maze, a photogenic Chinese Bridge and a 19th century ice house to see. Other notable highlights include the Great Tower from the 14th century and a rare Tudor donkey wheel, in use until the early 20th century.
The walk starts from the car park at the site and heads east towards Park Cottage before turning west to Earl's Wood. The route then loops round to Shepherd's Green before following more woodland trails back to the car park. It's a fairly gentle walk with a small climb on the way.
PostcodeRG9 4PG - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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Greys Court Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
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Greys Court Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The on site cowshed tearoom is a nice place to relax with some refreshments after your walk. There's a good range of meals and snacks with seating indoors and out.
The woodland and parkland paths are ideal for a dog walk so you'll probably see other owners on a fine day. You are asked to please keep them on leads because of farm animals in the area. Dogs are not allowed at all in the walled gardens area though. The tea room mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The Henley via Stonor Circular Walk starts from the nearby town and visits Greys Court and the deer park at Stonor Park. It's a nice way to further your stretch your legs in this lovely area.
The circular Nettlebed Walk visits the site from the nearby village. It also explores the Warburg Nature Reserve, located just a few miles north east of Greys Court. The reserve is an excellent place for seeing local flora and fauna including carpets of bluebells in the spring months.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Chilterns Walks page.