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Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Midweek Day Walk - Shiplake to Henley-on-Thames

Shiplake to Henley-on-Thames, a pre vernal equinox stroll.

The River Thames, Rotherfield Greys village, Greys Court (NT) and historic Henley

Book 1 Walk 9

Length :  18 km or 11 miles

Toughness :  4 out of 10

Getting there :  Catch the 9:42 am train from London Paddington (9:50 Ealing Broadway) to Shiplake with a change at Twyford.

Meeting point :  Shiplake Station at 10:43 am

Tickets :  Buy a cheap day return to Henley-on-Thames

Brief Description

After the trial by wind and hail a fortnight ago and by floods and mud last week, I hope this walk will be relatively free of surprises!
The pub is 10 km into the walk, so hence the earlier start. (This will also allow a bit more time for walkers who may wish to visit the NT Greys Court)

You may find full details of the walk here

Suggested Lunch stop

Maltsters Arms, Rotherfield Greys   t: 01491 628400 

Suggested Tea stop

Chocolate Theatre Café t: 01491 411412


OS Explorer : 171

Return train times

Trains return from Henley-on-Thames at  15:24 | 16:20 | 17:46 | 18:17


Anonymous said...

why the early train Arthur?!
can't get the normal discounts..

Anonymous said...

Does this train stop Ealing?

Anonymous said...

Just fyi, if you are buying a ticket from Paddington it costs £15.80 return on the train specified, whereas even with a Network Card it would be £13 on a train an hour later, so no massive difference.

Anonymous said...

Return is £6.95 from/to BZ6.

Anonymous said...

Is anyone intending to do this expensive walk? jfk

Anonymous said...

Yes, two of us

Walker said...

n=17 on this walk, including two late starters who caught us at lunchtime - an excellent turnout for a midweek walk and even more so for a Thames walk. The weather was w=cloudy_but_with_sun_breaking_through_in_the_afternoon, perhaps a bit disappointing compared to some recent days but pleasant nonetheless.

Lunch in the Maltster's Arms met with the approval of even our more gourmet members, and staff were very friendly. Some stopped for tea/coffee at Grey's Court (which has moved its tea room to a slightly less scenic location), and most of us stopped again at The Chocolate Cafe in Henley.

We saw lots of bluebells, but none in flower, and lots of daffodils and celandines (the latter shut against the cold east winds). Birdsong was curiously muted.

My best moment of the day was on the train home when I realised that THERE WAS NO MUD ON MY BOOTS, the first time I have been able to say this on an SWC walk since September.