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Town & River

Henley-On-Thames

Self-guided walks for the Curious...

Explore Henley-On-Thames town centre with two self-guided heritage walks with a treasure hunt theme. Discover Henley-On-Thames's "hidden treasures" whilst having a fun day out with family and friends!
Henley-on-Thames is a 12th century South Oxfordshire town whose fame emanates from the River Thames on which it sits. Host to the 1st Oxford v Cambridge university boat race, it now throws a fortnight-long party each year, around the world's greatest rowing regatta. Add a superb river and rowing museum, a music and arts festival, parks to stroll through, over 300 buildings of architectural or historical importance, and you'll hardly have time to linger in the vast array of shops, restaurants, cafés and pubs!

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Curious About... Henley-On-Thames

  • An exploration of Henley-On-Thames's town centre with two self-guided heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt. Completing the treasure hunt keeps everyone actively engaged, and urges you to look up, down and every which-way - so you won't miss out on any of the town's treasures.
    Explore, Discover, and Enjoy!
  • Most clues are chosen for their historical value, so you'll learn about the diverse culture, significant people and extraordinary events which have influenced Henley-On-Thames in becoming what it is today.
  • This is an outdoor, unsupervised activity - so you can go at a pace which suits you, whilst keeping you healthy!
  • A Curious About walk is a fun and social activity for all the family and friends. Different people can take on different roles - follow the map, identify picture clues, read directions, etc - it's ideal for children from the age of 6, and if you can walk/wheelchair it, you're young enough!
  • The two walks have been designed so that the second one follows on from where the first one ends. Do both, or have a breather and do the second one another day! They both start and finish in the heart of the town - so buses, trains and car parks are easily available to get you there and back.

1. The Town - 1.5 miles / 2.4 kms
Henley has a beautiful balance of culture, history and sporting activity. The town is rich in buildings of significant historical value, many of which date back many hundreds of years. People of note have always lived here, right up to the present day. Whilst the Thames should not be ignored, neither should the town, in all its splendid glory!
St Mary's Parish Church The Thames   1.5 hoursOK

2. The Thames - 1 mile / 1.6 kms
Henley is a world-renowned centre for rowing, and each summer hosts the Henley Royal Regatta. Near the banks of the Thames is the world famous River & Rowing Museum, and further along a fascinating lock. To walk alongside the Thames on a summer’s evening, to see people playing in the park, or messing about on the river, or simply promenading, is a delight to behold. The Thames at Henley is a wonderful place to be!
The Thames Marsh Lock   1 hourOK, but a small diversion maybe needed for steps

Each booklet has a page dedicated to the history of the town and 2 pages summarising each walk with suggestions on what to visit along the way. Walk 1 has 21 clues & walk 2 has 14 - both with detailed directions to follow. There are interesting stories about important people, places & events along the way; detailed instructions on how to find a clue if you're stuck; and a comprehensive map with the routes marked on.
Buy a booklet by clicking on the Add to Basket button, then either checkout, or continue shopping. Checkout takes you through payments via a quick & secure process managed by a third-party company called SendOwl. At the end of the payment process SendOwl will email you a confirmation email (inc download link if relevant).

Downloads
You have 14 days to complete your download, and up to 3 attempts are permitted. If you buy the print-at-home version you will need to print it on normal A4 paper and the email you receive, with the download link, explains how best to fold the pages to make it into an A5 booklet. If you buy the download to mobile version you will need pdf reading software on your phone or tablet, eg using the Adobe Acrobat App (free).

Printed Copy
The booklet has a flexible cover, which has been professionally printed. The inside pages are printed to order, to ensure that they are as up-to-date as possible. We post booklets out 1st class Royal Mail, usually the same, or next working day. A small postage & packing charge is added.

"The download worked perfectly, just like the walk! It was lovely to explore such a beautiful town, and immerse ourselves in its history. Thanks."


Latest Revision : April 2021


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