Walk 2

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - The View -

Where to start: From Hen­ley sta­tion, fol­low the river to the five-arched 18th­cen­tury bridge. Climb­ing out of town, you will pass the gates of neo-gothic Friar Park, where Bea­tle Ge­orge Har­ri­son lived and had a record­ing stu­dio. Along the way: The name of Pack and Prime Lane sur­vives from days when Hen­ley was a stag­ing post for coaches be­tween Ox­ford and London; coach­men would pause here to load their guns in case of high­way­men. Greys Court, set on a hill above the path, was for­ti­fied in the 14th cen­tury and re­stored in the 1930s. A lovely stretch of the Chiltern Way heads to­wards Harps­den, where old wall­pa­per-print­ing blocks dec­o­rate the walls of two barns op­po­site the church. The fi­nal sec­tion passes close to Marsh Lock, which has op­er­ated here since me­dieval times, and the River and Row­ing Mu­seum. In a nutshell: A richly wooded route through gen­tle hills and scenic vil­lages, start­ing and end­ing by the beau­ti­ful Thames.

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