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Sunday, 25 March 2018

Sunday Walk: Henley Circular via Stonor

Book 2 Walk 6
14 km 8.8 ml (or 12 mile) (or 13.6 mile)
Difficulty 7 out of 10

A hilly chiltern walk with three options on offer.
  • The 8.8 mile version doesn't go as far as Stonor but still takes in some impressive scenery. The lunch stop is the 17th century Rainbow in Middle Assendon (01491574879).
  • Those with a bit more lead in their pencil could press on, following the 12 mile version that goes as far as Stonor but not as far as Pishill. For lunch, you could either stop at the Rainbow as above, or picnic near Stonor. (Sadly, the short-lived Quince Tree is but a memory).
  • Those whose pencil is HB and fully-leaded could try for the full 13.6 miles, stopping at the Crown in Pishill (tel 01491 638364) for lunch. The Crown serves till 3 (which will feel like 2 today). 
Trains: Get the 10:15 Didcot Parkway train from Paddington (Ealing Broadway 10:23). Change at Twyford for the Henley train (arr 11:05 dep 11:15 platform 5) arr Henley 11:27.
Trains return on the hour, changing again at Twyford.
Get a return to Henley on Thames.
Tea: Henley has plenty of tea places and pubs. The Chocolate Cafe (01491-411412) on the riverside has become something of a favourite. Open 9-5:30 daily.
Directions are available here. They give clearer directions than what the book does (particularly through the wood near the end). The short walk is option (a) the 12-mile walk is option (b). T=2.6
Remember, clocks will have gone forward today. Its officially British Summertime. Put those hats and scarves away!


Anonymous said...

Hi guys

This walks looks interesting and since I have not done this before hope there will be some attendance. Sunday bright and sunny and should be a perfect day.


Anonymous said...

I will be going.

Anonymous said...

Glad someone is attending this walk. See you at Paddington station.if you want to connect on the train my mobile is 07488410141.

Anonymous said...

I'll board at Ealing Broadway.

Anonymous said...

sorry i could not make the walk as I forgot the clock went forward and too late for the train. hope you guys had a great time.

PeteG said...

n=11 for this enjoyable walk, with lovely weather. 3 did the 12 mile, possibly 1 for the full distance leaving 7 for the short route. 9 had fast service in the pub with a limited Sunday menu.

PeteG said...

PS Henley now has a 30 minute service on Sunday