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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Wednesday Walk - Henley-on-Thames Circular via Turville (The Midsomer Murders Walk)

Length:  24.2 km (15.0 mi) [shorter options by taking buses]
Ascent/Descent:  220m
Net Walking Time:  5 ¼ hours
Toughness:  5/10 
Length: 27.5 km (17.1 mi)
Ascent/Descent: 425m;
Net Walking Time: 6 ½ hours
Toughness:  8/10

Take the 09.42 Reading train from Paddington (Ealing 09.50, Slough 10.10), change at Twyford (arr. 10.30, dep. 10.38), arrive Henley-on-Thames 10.50
Missed the 09.42? Take the 09.50 to Slough (10.06) and change onto the above Twyford train.
Return trains: 16.24, 17.09 (shave off 18 mins by changing at Maidenhead onto a faster train), 17.46 (via Reading), 18.17 (shave off 12 mins by going via Reading), 18.48, 19.18.... 
[going via Reading requires a dearer ticket, in principle]

This walk had an outing in early March, following which the longer option has been fully written up. Some of us will take the opportunity to check the walk directions for that version!

In many respects this is a similar walk to the Book 2 Walk 6 Henley Circular (via Stonor and Pishill) walk. It’s a bit longer and (the main walk) a fair bit flatter but both go along one side of a valley in open countryside on the opening leg and return to Henley on the other side in the afternoon, often through attractive woodland. This walk, however, also finishes with a lovely, peaceful Thames path back to Henley. However, this walk covers completely different territory to the Book 2 favourite visiting new villages and countryside not incorporated in other SWC Henley and Chilterns walks in the area.
The longer version loops through Stonor (Deer) Park, the decision point is after 12.7 km.
Note: apart from being a very nice walk in a very scenic part of the Southeast, there is also a Midsomer Murders theme to this walk, details of which you’ll find on the webpage or in the pdf.

Lunch: The Stag & Huntsman in Hambledon (6.8 km/4.2 mi, food to 14.30) or The Frog in Skirmett (10.9 km/6.8 mi, food to 14.15) or The Bull & Butcher in Turville (12.3 km/7.6 mi, food to 14.30). 
Tea: plenty options in Henley, you will have your favourites, else see the webpage or the pdf.
For walk directions, map, height profile, some photos and gpx/kml files click here.t=swc.223

Next Week: Box Hill & Westhumble Circular or to Dorking


PeteG said...

I'm thinking of getting a bus at the start, hoping to meet up in Hambledon. The plan is to get the 1018 from Ealing Broadway (1011 Paddington) arr Henley 1119. The 800 leaves Norman Avenue near the station at 1145, arriving Mill End 1200.

Thomas G said...

On a w=hot-and-sunny day: n=11 walkers.
9 had taken the posted early train (early for mid-week), 1 had struggled to get out of his patch of West London due to tube and bus disruptions and was half an hour behind, 1 other was behind as planned, taking a bus from Henley to Mill End. The Frog in Skirmett was reached at 13.15 by all but 1 very fast walker, and a table inside was chosen over yet more sun exposure out in the lovely garden. Good food, quickly enough served, in very pleasant surroundings.
1 enthusiast added the excursion up the hill to the windmill by Turville to the route, all else sped on along the long version of the walk, which includes Stonor Park. The enthusiast nearly caught the main group again, in Stonor Park, but got sucked in by the promise of tea and ice cream to divert to the new cafe by the visitor centre.
Said extension is fairly hilly, but also very scenic, with splendid views of Stonor House and its ancient stone circle, and up Stonor Valley, and later across the Thames Valley.
On the home straight along the Thames one could admire the extensive prep works for the Henley Regatta in 2 weeks time.
18.17 train for some, The Angel pub for others.