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.