Henley is a great place to start a bike ride for cyclists at all levels. Families enjoy flat rides along the riverbank towards Hambleden, mountain bikers can quickly reach some fabulous off road tracks while road bikes can enjoy some challenging Chiltern Hills.
There are signs to the Chilterns Cycleway from the centre of the town. Cycle Chilterns has a huge amount of information about cycling in the area while Henley Cycles has a small number of bikes to rent, but remember to book them in advance.
If you’re really serious and like to don lycra, why not team up with the friendly local cycling club GS Henley on one of their regular rides?
There are numerous short and long routes around the area at Map My Ride
When it comes to walking in Henley, there is something for everyone; from short guided historic tours and nature trails to riverside walks and long country rambles. Accredited as a Walkers are Welcome Town!
Henley is an easy town to walk around and there are some attractive short walks along the River Thames. If you’re feeling more energetic it is easy to get into the surrounding hills and woods for much longer treks to country pubs. Henley also features on the Thames Path and makes an ideal stopping point for refreshments or an overnight stay.
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Walking & History Tour of Henley
Henley is easy to walk around so a self-guided tour is a simple option. But to help you, download the leaflet and map to discover the history of the town’s buildings in this fascinating and easy walk around historic Henley. A visit to the Information Centre at the Town Hall will equip you with maps and routes to take.
If you want to delve further take a guided tour with Henley-on-Thames Heritage, including Ghost Tours, Murders, Buildings, Men of Power and other fascinating walks.
If you would like a light-hearted “Blue Badge” guided walk around Henley-on-Thames, where a whole range of topics are covered in addition to local history, such as culture, art, local legend, music and sport, the whys and wherefores of rowing and dress-codes, places to eat, shop, food to taste and new crafts to try, choose Bobbie Blue Badge, guiding in Henley for 20 years. website: www.bobbiebluebadge.co.uk
What could be better than a country walk to get the blood pumping and some fresh air in your lungs followed by a well-deserved drink and a bite to eat in the pub? Henley is still blessed with numerous traditional pubs. One of the best ways of discovering a few of them, while discovering the town at the same time is to take part in the Henley Ale Trail.
Local Pub Company Brakspear challenge you to visit their 10 pubs in the town, enjoy a pint of Brakspear Bitter or Oxford Gold and get your map stamped. The map can be downloaded here, can be picked up at any of the participating pubs or in the Tourist Information Centre at the Town Hall.
Don’t feel under pressure to visit all the pubs in the same day, as there is no end date for the Trail. More Information www.henleyaletrail.co.uk
If you don’t have time to visit lots of pubs try Henley’s own micro brewery, Lovibonds, making hand crafted beers in quirky premises tucked behind Greys Road car park.
More Information www.lovibonds.com
Man’s Best Friend
Henley is a very dog friendly town. The walks along the river are stunning to get the paw steps in. There is also Gillotts Field which is a favourite spot for dog walkers. You could also walk your dog through Greys Court Gardens (dogs not allowed in the buildings or walled garden)
Fancy a round of golf? Henley Adventure Golf welcome 4 legged friends.
Explore the town guide and you will see pubs, restaurants and cafe’s that all welcome dogs.