Henley-on-Thames – Middle Assendon – Pishill – Christmas Common

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Start Time: Sunday 8th April 2018. Meet at 09.45 am for 10.00 am start.

Start: Park in the King’s Road Public Car Park, Postcode RG9 2DG – parking is free of charge on Sundays.  Please be aware that Henley can be very busy, and you may need to choose one of the alternative car parks on the day. The meeting point for walkers is the Red Lion Hotel, 4 Hart Street, postcode RG9 2AR. This is a fine linear walk – an excellent start to the Oxfordshire Way national trail.  We set out from Henley-on-Thames and finish at  Christmas Common, near Watlington,  passing through Henley with its old wharves, Georgian houses and coaching inns, and on through Henley Park and Warburg Nature Reserve – full of splendid mature trees and many nature trails. At the end of the walk we transfer by minibus back to Henley to collect our cars.

Difficulty: Leisurely – 9.5 miles. A shorter walk  (approx. 6.5 – 7 miles) can be completed in the hamlet of Pishill, where a suggested meeting point is the Crown Inn, Pishill – Postcode RG9 6HH. Please contact walk leader for details.

Leader: Seamus Ryan M: 07785 508804 E: seamus.ryan2@btinternet.com .

Waypoints: Start : From The Red Lion Hotel in Henley-on-Thames follow the well established and marked Oxfordshire Way (OW) footpath to The Rainbow Inn and on to the hamlet of Middle Assendon, distance 3 miles. Follow footpath via Bix Bottom and continue to Pishill via Maidensgrove, distance 4 miles. From the hamlet of Pishill, walk cross open fields along past Hollandridge Farm and on to Christmas Common. Christmas Common itself is little more than a cluster of houses on the hilltop –  Finish.

Getting there from Aylesbury – (Approx 27 or 33 miles): Follow A4010/B4009 for High Wycombe, junction 4 and follow A404 south, then follow signs for Hurley and on to Henley-on-Thames. Alternatively, from Aylesbury follow A418 for Thame and follow signs for Watlington and then Henley-on-Thames. This maybe the easiest route if roadworks are still ongoing at Junction 4 on the M40.

 Getting There from Oxford : (Approx 24 miles): Follow A4074 for Wallingford from Heyford Hill roundabout on the Oxford Ring Road and then A4130 to Henley-on-Thames.

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Ridgeway and Vale Expeditions Walkers’ Code

  • Walks will normally take place on the second Sunday in the month. In some months, where there is an overriding event, the day may be changed.
  • It helps the Organiser to know who is intending to turn up. Please make contact beforehand. 
  • Grades of Walk are – Leisurely,   Moderate,   and Strenuous. If you are new to the group and to walking, start with a walk graded “Leisurely”, and build up. 
  • Walkers are reminded that they attend walks at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety. Make sure you bring the appropriate gear for the conditions and adequate food and drink. Also make sure you have your medication and blood sugar meter handy. Especially on long walks, carry emergency provisions. 
  • A First Aid kit and additional glucose will be carried by an experienced member of the group. Please check your blood sugar at intervals on a walk.
  • Follow the Country Code. Respect, protect and enjoy the countryside. Take home your rubbish and bury any human waste. 
  • Walks Leaders are responsible for keeping the group together and path finding. Please do not go ahead of the Leader. Always inform the Leader or back marker if you wish to leave the walk, however briefly. Always inform the Leader if you are feeling hypoglaecemic or if you believe another member of the group’s blood sugar is low. 
  • On public roads, take great care to walk in single file, facing oncoming traffic unless advised to do otherwise by the Leader.
  • Dogs will be allowed on walks at the discretion of the Leader. Please keep them on leads when there is stock about or on roads.
  • Remove or cover up muddy boots when entering a pub or tearoom. Do not consume your own food or drink on the premises, including the garden without permission. (If you enter a pub to use the toilet, buy a drink.)