Hambleden, Henley, Aston circular walk
Start: Hambleden, Mill End
Finish: Hambleden, Mill End
Length: 11.34 km / 7.25 miles
Weather: Sunny and breezy.
This is walk 17 from the OS Pathfinder Guides book, Thames Vally and Chilterns. I decided to start it At Mill End, near Hambleden to avoid the possiblity of Henley being very busy on a Saturday morning.
Just opposite the car park is the stile and gate that leads you into the Hambleden Estate.
Near to Hambleden village, there is this lovely house that sits behind the cricket pitch.
At the bridge, turn left along the lane. If you want to visit the village, turn right.
The path that takes you up into Ridge Wood.
Follow the path in this field, keep the hedge to your left and head towards Greenlands Dairy Farm.
After crossing the road and through a meadow, there are a series of quaint foot bridges that lead you to the path besides the Thames. I found this side to be a lot less busy than the path on the other side of the Thames.
Temple Island. The island includes an elegant ornamental temple - a folly - designed by the architect James Wyatt and built in 1771. It was designed as a fishing lodge for Fawley Court. at first sight it look a little like a lighthouse.
Fawley Court. Following the sale and renovation in 2008, the estate has become a country club.
Another bridge and arch that takes you out of the grounds of Fawley Court.
Brakespear brewery. Most of the pubs in the area, and the Chilterns are owned by, or serve Brakespear beer.
On the bridge at Henley.
Walking across the fields near to Remenham.
The twisty track from Aston to Hambleden Lock.