Take the Bus for a Walk (walk ref 33)

Wed 16 October In time to catch 10:20 bus

Take the Bus for a Walk; Marlow-Henley-Marlow but not along the Thames Path! This is a day-long linear walk of 9 miles. Starting at Marlow, we catch the bus along the picturesque Thames Valley to the charming market town of Henley. Spurred on with that tingling of excitement as the bus leaves us to walk back, we’ll cross the river to the Berkshire side, to walk along the edge of the Thames floodplain before crossing into Buckinghamshire and the beautiful Hambleden Valley. Then it’s onwards across classic Chiltern farmland and beech woods before finally descending into Marlow, as popular now as a riverside resort as it was in the 18th century.

Route Details

9 miles
5 - 5.5 hours
Moderate (more challenging, for keen/active walkers)


Free event. Participants will need the bus fare from Marlow to Henley (£4.60).

Meeting arrangements

Meet at Marlow's West Street bus stop, opposite Platt's Car Showrooms, SL7 2NJ, Grid Ref SU847 864, in time to catch the10:20am Arriva operated 850 bus to Henley. (This bus leaves High Wycombe Bus Station at 10:00.) Parking is available throughout Marlow, including a small Pay and Display car park by the bus stop.

Walk Leader

Stuart Fletcher

Public Transport Links

High Wycombe's train station is 10 minutes walk from its bus station, and is served by the Chiltern Line, giving easy access from London Marylebone, Oxford and Birmingham.

Family Friendly

This is primarily a day's guided walk through picturesque countryside, but some explanations of the scenery and points of interest will be given. It should appeal to children, teenagers and adults who can walk 9 miles and are interested in understanding the landscape they are walking through.

Dogs Welcome

Dogs on leads welcome


This is a day-long walk through a working countryside. It involves some steep slopes and stiles and the possibility of muddy and wet tracks. The walk is not at all arduous but participants need to be fit enough and prepared for English weather variations.

Further Information

Participants need to bring a packed lunch and enough fluids for the day. Clothing and footware need to be suitable for a day's walk in unpredictable English weather.
There are public toilets not far from the start and finish in Marlow, and in Henley, before we actually start walking, but only opportunities offered by secluded bushes in between.

Stuart Fletcher lives on the edge of the Chiltern Hills. As a walk leader for over 30 years, he likes to roam through the beautiful landscapes they offer, pointing out interesting things to people.

How to Book

Booking is now closed for this walk - if you are really keen to join please email walkingfestival@chilternsaonb.org or call 07546 121261.
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Programme PDF

Download the October 2019 festival Listings Leaflet for an alternative way of seeing the programme. You can also pick these up from various locations across the Chilterns - libraries, coffee shops, etc!


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The Chilterns Walking Festival is an initiative of the Chilterns Conservation Board. For any queries, feedback, sponsorship / press enquiries or suggestions for the programme please contact the festival Project Manager on walkingfestival@chilternsaonb.org

Our Sponsors


This project has been part funded by the The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development through the Chilterns LEADER programme. The grant received through this programme has helped make these festivals happen. 


Complete Outdoors are our primary sponsors for 2018 & 2019. At their Bourne End (Herts) shop, you will discover all of the equipment, clothing and accessories you need to launch your next expedition into the great outdoors - whether a day's hike close to home, or an assault on the Matterhorn.


A family owned and run Henley brewer and award-winning pub company which has been at the heart of British life for over 200 years. Many of the company's 132 pubs are located in picturesque rural and town centre settings across The Chilterns.


A membership organisation dedicated to conserving, celebrating and caring for all of the Chilterns’ unique landscape.





Could this be you? We are seeking additional sponsors to enable the festival to continue going from strength to strength - get in touch with AWeiss@chilternsaonb.org if you'd like to know more!