The popular market town of Henley-on-Thames has a number of excellent waymarked trails to try. The riverside town is a very pretty place and home to the famous Henley Regatta. The rowing event takes place every year over the first weekend in July. Look out for the Grade I listed Henley Bridge as you make your way through the town. The five arched bridge across the river thames was built in 1786. The parish church of St Mary the Virgin dates from the 16th-century while the The Old Bell dates from 1325. The town can be accessed by train from Twyford and there are direct trains from London Paddington in peak hours.
This long circular walk makes use of the Thames Path, the Chiltern Way and the Oxfordshire Way to take you on a tour of the countryside surrounding the town. These three long distance footpaths all pass close to the town. They are a good way of exploring the area as they are waymarked and of a good quality.
The walk starts in the town centre near the river and follows the Thames Path south to Bolney Court. This section passes Park Place, Marsh Lock weir and Ferry Eyot island. Here you turn west along the Chiltern Way and head towards the village of Binfield Heath via Harpsden Wood. You then turn north and head past the woodland of the BBC owned Crowsley Park estate. From the public footpaths there are views of Crowsley Park House, a Grade II listed 18th century mansion house.
After leaving Crowsley Park you continue north to the splendidly named Rotherfield Peppard village. Here you will find the lovely Peppard Common which has nice walking trails through woodland, lowland heath and grassland.
The walk continues through the fringe of Nettlebed Woods before turning south along a section of the Oxfordshire Way. This takes you past the villages of Bix and Middle Assendon before coming to Henley Park. Shortly after you return to the town and the finish point.
Henley-on-Thames Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Henley-on-Thames Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
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Henley-on-Thames Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Walks near Henley-on-Thames
- Marlow to Henley - A popular riverside walk between these Marlow and Henley-on-Thames
- Thames Path - Starting at the Source of the Thames at Thames Head in Gloucestershire, follow the iconic river through beautiful countryside and historic towns to the city of London.
The path runs for 184 miles running alongside the river for nearly the whole route making for a glorious experience whatever time of year
- Oxfordshire Way - Take a trip through Oxfordshire and enjoy rivers, canals, pretty villages and beautiful countryside on this lovely trail
- Chiltern Way - This is the original 125 mile circuit of the Chilterns AONB taking you through Hemel Hempstead, Chalfont St Giles, Marlow, Hambleden, Turville, Fingest, Bix Bottom, Ewelme, the Ridgeway, Stokenchurch, Great Hampden, Aldbury, the Dunstable Downs Country Park, Sharpenhoe Clappers and Harpenden
- Chiltern Way Berkshire Loop - This walk runs from the outskirts of High Wycombe to Crowsley Park, near Henley on Thames
- Mapledurham House - The Mapledurham estate is a wonderful place for a relaxing afternoon walk
- Warburg Nature Reserve - This delightful nature reserve near Henley-on-Thames has some lovely woodland trails to try
- Henley via Stonor Circular Walk - A circular walk from Henley visiting Stonor, Middle Assendon and the National Trust's Greys Court
- Greys Court - This walk explores the area around the National Trust's Greys Court in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.
- Fingest - This pretty little Buckinghamshire village is located in the Chilterns near Henley on Thames
- Turville - This circular walk explores the countryside surrounding the Chilterns village of Turville
- Nettlebed - This Oxfordshire village is surrounded by several large areas of woodland and some lovely Chilterns countryside
- Sonning Common - This walk takes you around the countryside, parkland and woodland surrounding the village of Sonning Common in Oxfordshire
- Binfield Heath and Crowsley Park - This circular walk from Binfield Heath visits Crowsley Park, owned by the BBC in South Oxfordshire
The Angel on the Bridge is a pub of some note and welll worth some investigation. It's located in a great spot next to the river and has a nice outdoor terrace with fine views to enjoy with your meal. Inside there's a charming interior with original beams and a cosy fireplace. The pub also has an interesting history dating back to 1728. With its fine architecture and riverside location it's one of the most photographed and painted pubs in England. You can find the pub at postcode RG9 1BH for your sat navs.
The country, woodland and riverside trails make for a lovely walk with your dog. The Angel on the Bridge mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
To continue your walking in the area try the Henley via Stonor Circular Walk. This long walk explores the woods and countryside to the north west of the town. The walk also visits the splendid Stonor Park. The park has been the Stonor family's residence for 850 years making it one of the oldest family homes still lived in today. There's wonderful gardens and parkland with resident deer to see here.
Just a couple of miles north west of the town you'll find the National Trust's Greys Court. There's some lovely walks around the estate which includes a 16th century mansion, woodland and tranquil gardens.
Also of interest are the picture postcard villages of Fingest and Turville. The scenic nature of these historic villages has lead to them being used as a filming location for many films and tv series. In Fingest you'll find a 12th century church with a particularly noteworthy saddleback roof which is one of only two such designs in England. There's also a splendid 18th century pub just opposite the church. Turville is well known for its picturesque windmill which was used in the 1967 film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang when it was cosmetically restored for filming.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Oxfordshire Walks and Chilterns Walks pages.