Brakspear Paths, Pies and Ale (1701)

Friday 22 May ~ 9:45 AM

We will start from the 'Bull on Bell Street' in Henley-on-Thames, home of Brakspear's micro-brewery. Henley was once a thriving inland port. We will follow the historic back streets of Henley down to the River and walk along a beautiful stretch of the Thames Path National Trail towards Hambleden lock. From there we will meander along quiet lanes back to the 'Bull on Bell Street'. On our return we will have the chance to taste one of the craft beers made on site and hear about the on-site brewing. You can enjoy an optional home-baked pie lunch and afterwards a 15 minute tour of the tiny microbrewery. The walk will be led by Richard Mayon-White, author of 'Exploring the Thames Wilderness'.

Route Details

6 miles
2 hours 45 minutes
Fairly easy (some gentle inclines, steps/stiles)


Walk is free, along with beer samples and microbrewery tour. £11 for a freshly baked Pie lunch with mashed potato, veg and gravy. Pre-booking required. Bookings go live mid-March.

Meeting arrangements

Meet at the Bull on Bell Street in Henley-on-Thames RG9 2BA. For those coming by car,  please note that most of the short term car parks in Henley (including the Waitrose car park near the Bull on Bell Street) have a 3 hour time limit. We have estimated 3 hours for the walk, so suggest you choose a car park with all-day parking. There is all day parking a few minutes walk away at Southleas, or at Henley Rugby Football Ground, or the railway station.

Walk Leader

Dick Mayon-White. Thames Path National Trail volunteer

Public Transport Links

Henley-on-Thames train station is 10 minute walk away and buses

Family Friendly

Suitable for older children if they are happy walking 6 miles

Dogs Welcome

Dogs on leads welcome


There are two stiles along the route. The route itself is gentle, mainly on level well-surfaced paths and quiet lanes.

Further Information

There is a special menu for walkers wanting to stay on for lunch, £11 for a Steak and Ale Pie meal or a vegetarian option, which must be pre-booked in advance with your walk ticket.

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