Walk 1

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - The View -

Where to start: The old malt­houses and brew­ery of W.H. Brak­s­pear and Sons, founded in 1779, still stand on Hen­ley’s New Street, al­though to­day brew­ing has moved to the other side of Ox­ford­shire. The Old Bell Inn is Hen­ley’s old­est build­ing. Along the Way: The path lead­ing up from Fair Mile is part of the Ox­ford­shire Way, a 65-mile trail link­ing the Chilterns with the Cotswolds. Lanes and wood­land paths lead, via Faw­ley Bot­tom (for­mer home of artist John Piper) to a deer park above the manor house at Stonor. Fol­low­ing the Shake­speare Way through woods, you en­ter Buck­ing­hamshire. Even­tu­ally the walk crosses the river back into Berk­shire,Berk­shire, af­ter­after views across the Turville val­ley and the vil­lage of Ham­ble­den. The fi­nal leg along the Thames, passes James Wy­att’s 18th-cen­tury sum­mer­house on Tem­ple Is­land, the start­ing point for the Royal Re­gatta. In a nutshell: An am­bi­tious hike through three coun­ties: woods, hills, park­land and a mag­nif­i­cent stretch of the River Thames.

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