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Sunday, 6 October 2019

Sunday Walk Henley via Stonor

SWC Book 2 – Walk 6:  Henley Circular via Stonor

Distance:  13.8 miles or 22.2 km for those more metrically minded with shorter options available – one reducing the walk to 8.9 miles/14.4 km and one to 11.9 miles/19.9km -- see walk instructions for detials

Difficulty: 6 out of 10

Train:  Take the 9:45AM Great Western Reading train from London Paddington, changing at Twyford (arrive 10:33; depart 10:38), arriving at Henley at 10:50.  Return trains (all requiring a change at Twyford) are at 23 and 53 past the hour until 18:53 when they become hourly at 53 minutes past the hour. Buy a day return to Henley.

This walk explores the southern edge of the Chiltern Hills, a charming area of hidden valleys, mixed woodland and farmland, and largely gentle slopes (although the main walk does have one substantial steep hill after lunch). The walk takes you up one side and down the other of the long valley leading up to Stonor, with plenty of charming views en route. You can find more information about the walk and download the walk instructions here.

The recommended lunch pub on the main walk is the Crown Inn in Pishill (01491 638364, located 10.9km (6.8 miles) into the main walk, serving food until 3:30pm on Sunday. On the shorter walks, the Rainbow Inn in Middle Assendon (01491 574879), 5km (3.1 miles) into the walk is suggested.

Tea can be had at various locations in Henley with favorites being the Angel pub on the river or the Chocolate Café nearby.

Enjoy the walk!

1 comment:

David M said...

Only n=3 on this walk. Weather w=sun_and_cloud with one thirty second shower. The hillside view of Middle Assendon is stunning, but far too early in the walk to stop for lunch. Shortly after walking through Middle Assendon, one hawkeyed walker spotted an apple tree by the side of the road bursting with tiny, but perfectly ripe and delicious apples. These kept us energised until Stonor, where one continued on to the Crown Inn for lunch in Pishill and the other 2 shortcutted to picnic on the hill overlooking Stonor. Apparently, the pub setting and food were excellent, but lunch was a little slow in coming. Back in Henley, one went shopping, another gauged himself on tea and cake at the chocolate café before taking a short riverside walk passing Mill & Marsh Meadows and some very nice looking houses. He met up with the pub luncher on the 16.23 to Paddington. The other walker is presumably still shopping.