There are some hills to negotiate on this interesting and enjoyable walk.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) Turn left and walk past St Nicholas’ Church then cross the road and go through the gate opposite the church. Take the footpath on the left and walk across a field and then downhill through Pindars Wood. At the bottom cross over a stile. Turn left on the footpath and continue for a further 500m via a kissing gate until you reach a waymark post close to a road.
(1) Turn right and walk downhill where the path ends at a road junction. At this point cross the road and enter the lane opposite (Rocky Lane). Walk along the lane for about 200m until you reach a fingerpost then turn right on to the footpath (Chiltern Way Extension). After a few metres, the path merges with the rear access drive to Greys Court. Walk uphill on the drive, keeping to the right, passing Greys Court and then continue on uphill into the car park. Walk through the car park and exit through a gate, following the yellow arrow on to a footpath.
(2) After about 100m, go through a gate in a dip, then carry straight on up a slope. After about 150m go through a kissing gate on the left. Carry on over a wooden bridge, passing a pond. Ignore the footpath off to the left and continue on straight ahead passing another pond, then after passing some farm buildings, turn right on to a concrete access drive.
(3) Almost immediately, bear left at the waymark post and follow the yellow arrow along a short path exiting on to a lane at Broad Plat. Take the footpath opposite into a wood (Lambridge Wood) and follow the white arrows on trees and yellow arrows on waymark posts for about 800m. When you reach an intersection of two paths (marked with a waymark post), turn right on to the other path and continue walking through the woodland, ignoring all paths to the left and right, and following white and yellow arrows for just under a km until the path emerges onto Badgemore Golf Course.
(4) Continue in the same direction over the golf course using waymark posts and yellow arrows as a guide, until the path leaves the golf course via a kissing gate. Walk straight ahead past an access drive that connects with a lane (Lambridge Lane).
(5) Walk along the lane for about 50m then just as the lane bends sharply to the right, bear left on to a footpath. Follow the path downhill until it emerges on to a road (Crisp Road), turn right and walk along the road for about 150m then turn right into Hop Gardens.
(6) Walk the length of Hop Gardens until you reach Gravel Hill, turn left here and walk back downhill into the centre of Henley.
(7) To return to the Maltsters Arms walk pass the Town Hall up Gravel Hill and 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.
(8) Take the right hand fork and continue on this footpath alongside Henley College playing fields. Cross over 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.
(9) Follow the access track and the yellow arrows for about 500m, until the track turns to the left up a steep slope. Leave the track, and keep straight on along the valley bottom to the right of the hedge line. 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. Go through a gate to emerge on a road opposite St Nicholas’ Church, cross the road and return to the Maltsters Arms.(D/A)
D/A : km 0 - alt. 98m - The Maltsters Arms
1 : km 0.82 - alt. 102m - Road
2 : km 1.95 - alt. 111m - Gate
3 : km 2.29 - alt. 117m - Broad Plat
4 : km 4.06 - alt. 99m - Badgemore Golf Course
5 : km 4.78 - alt. 98m - Lambridge Lane
6 : km 5.51 - alt. 55m - Hop Gardens
7 : km 6.11 - alt. 48m - Centre of Henley
8 : km 6.82 - alt. 48m - Fork
9 : km 8.74 - alt. 66m - Five bar gate
D/A : km 9.76 - alt. 99m - The Maltsters Arms
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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.
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