Get out: Henley-on-Thames to Marlow river and woodland walk
A couple of weekends ago, when we should have been packing, Peter and I decided to get out of London and walk from Henley-on-Thames to Marlow. The intention was to get out into a woodland and see the bluebells, but unfortunately, although there WILL be plenty of bluebells (probably about now, actually, if you fancy going this weekend), they were mostly still closed when we went.
Still, it was a beautiful walk. It started off busy in Henley-on-Thames, where we saw many rowers, as you’d expect, the folly where the regatta starts each year, a stunning weir, which you have to walk across and some amazing houses, all with boats on the river.
After Henley, we were in a lovely bit of countryside, but it wasn’t as quiet as we would have liked. At one point we were keeping quite a speedy pace to make sure a big group of loud hoorays didn’t catch up with us. Luckily for us, they hadn’t planned on as long a walk as we had, and we left them in Hambledon – a LOVELY little village with a nice looking pub. I imagine they stopped there for lunch, but we had a salad and sandwich with us. After that, we barely saw anyone at all.
We did see two groups of deer – one big group that was eating in the same field we ate our lunch in (they were very far away, sadly, it wasn’t a scene from a Disney film), and another group that we came across in the woodlands. And a teeny tiny bunny rabbit, and butterflies, and bees, and lots of birds of prey, although I don’t know what type they were. (Update! I’ve just been told on Twitter that these were red kites.)
It’s always refreshing to leave London behind, and be in nature, even if only for a few hours. It was fairly easy to get to – about an hour and a half from Ealing Broadway, with a changeover in Maidenhead – and the walk was vaguely challenging with two steep bits, but not too strenuous. Plus, we found a swing.
The full walk can be found right here. Absolutely beautiful and if you go right now there’s a chance all the bluebells will be out! Do it!