Henley-on-Thames - Route 1

An easy walk with no steep gradients. Henley – Rotherfield Greys – Pack and Prime Lane – Henley.

Technical sheet No. 5018165

A Henley-on-Thames walk posted on 11/02/21 by The Brakspear Pub Trails. Last update : 11/02/21
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h40[?]
Distance Distance : 8.48 km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 86 m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 84 m
Highest point Highest point : 100 m
Lowest point Lowest point : 41 m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Chiltern Hills
Location Location : Henley-on-Thames
Starting point Starting point : N 51.53728° / W 0.906024°
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(D/A) From the Town Hall and Market Place walk up Gravel Hill and opposite the entrance to Friar Park, turn left and walk along Paradise Road. Take the first right still on Paradise Road (signposted to Henley College Rotherfield Building). Walk along the road for approximately 150m and where the road bends to the right, leave the road and bear left on to the footpath. After about 250m, the path crosses an access drive to Henley College then splits.

(1) Take the right hand fork and continue on this footpath alongside Henley College playing fields.

(2) Cross over another footpath, (called Pack and Prime Lane), and carry on straight ahead into the bottom of a dry tranquil valley. Cross a stile and pass Lower Hernes, a lovely isolated red brick cottage, then soon afterwards go through a five bar gate. Follow the access track and the yellow arrows for about 500m, until the track turns to the right up a steep slope. Leave the track and keep straight on along the valley bottom to the right of the hedge line.

(3) Ignore a path on the right, cross over a stile and shortly afterwards turn left over stile (in the hedge line) and follow the footpath uphill towards Rotherfield Greys.

(4) Go through a kissing gate to emerge on a road opposite St Nicholas’ Church, cross the road and walk past the church and up to the Maltsters Pub. Time to take a break for refreshments and a look round the church. To return to Henley take the footpath between the church and the pub (beside Williams Cottage) and follow the yellow arrow through two gates and across a field. Pass through another gate, stopping to read the notice about the Natural Burial Ground and then walk diagonally across the field.

(5) Pass through a kissing gate and turn left on to a broad track (This is the Chiltern Way). After a short distance, pass through a gate and turn left on to Dog Lane and continue walking along Dog Lane for just over 500m.

(6) After passing a house on the right, leave Dog Lane and take the footpath on the right indicated by a yellow arrow. Pass through two kissing gates in quick succession and walk across a field to the Greys to Henley road. Cross over the road on to a footpath quaintly named Pack and Prime Lane. Follow this path through the woods with a little valley to the left, continuing on for just under a 1km. Ignore the broad track that crosses the footpath and continue on the footpath following the blue arrow.

(2) You will cross a footpath that you might recognise as part of the outgoing leg of the walk. Keep going straight and the footpath becomes a narrow lane finally emerging on to the main road between Henley and Greys Green.

(7) Turn right on to the main road and walk down the hill back into Henley Town centre. (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 41 m - Town Hall
1 : km 0.79 - alt. 53 m - Fork
2 : km 1.46 - alt. 52 m - Pack and Prime Lane
3 : km 3.12 - alt. 68 m - Stile
4 : km 3.78 - alt. 99 m - Kissing gate
5 : km 4.29 - alt. 94 m - Chiltern Way
6 : km 5.02 - alt. 99 m - Footpath
7 : km 7.95 - alt. 79 m - Gravel Hill
D/A : km 8.48 - alt. 41 m - Town Hall

Useful Information

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During the walk or to do/see around

Friar Park was the home of George Harrison of the Beatles, his widow and family still live there.

St Nicholas’ Church Rotherfield Greys is Norman in origin and was restored in 1865. It includes the 16th century Knollys Chapel and the Knollys family tomb. Sir Francis Knollys’ wife was a Lady-in-Waiting to Queen Elizabeth I.

Pack & Prime Lane is part of the ancient track linking Henley to Goring and Wallingford, cutting across the top of a long loop in the River Thames. Local legend has it that the name derives from the time of pack-horses and highway man – pack your horse and prime your pistol.

Opinions and comments


Global average : 3.33/5
Number of opinions : 1
Clarity of route description : 3/5
Clarity of route map : 3/5
Walk interest : 4/5

on Tue 24 Aug 2021 17:27:41 CEST

Global average : 3.33 / 5

Date of walk : 24/08/21
Clarity of route description : ★★★☆☆ Average
Clarity of route map : ★★★☆☆ Average
Walk interest : ★★★★☆ Good

Not wildly impressed with the directions. Frequently too vague. Gives you names of houses and paths but you don't actually see these names on the walk

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