Gone Rustic up a Fair Mile (1502)

Monday 19 Oct ~ 10:00 AM

Join us for a ‘Literary Hitchhike’ from the historic riverside market town of Henley-on-Thames.  Our route takes us along the Henley Riverside and up the Fair Mile to Lower Assendon where author Cecil Roberts once lived.  Following in the footsteps of Charles I and Dick Turpin we make the steady climb up into Henley Park, returning through the Park back to Henley and the river Thames.  Along the way we will discover delightful, and sometimes humorous, insights and curiosities into the area through the writings and accounts of poets, authors and diarists.

Route Details

5.5 miles
3 hours
Moderate (more challenging, for keen/active walkers)


£8 for adults

Meeting arrangements

The Bandstand, Mill Meadow, Henley, RG9 1BF

Walk Leader

Philippa Sanders, Pipsticks Walks. Philippa shares her passion for the Chilterns to give you a unique and rewarding walk experience. Pipsticks Walks offers inspiring special interest guided walks, Nordic walks, team walks and navigation training. Programmed activities and bespoke services available. Find us at www.pipstickswalks.co.uk

Public Transport Links

Train: Henley - GWR services via Twyford to London and Reading Bus: Arriva 800 and 850 - Wycombe to Reading

Family Friendly

Young people 16 + welcome.


Mainly good paths and tracks. Some walking through the town. One significant ascent/descent (200ft) steep in part. The bridleway up to Henley Park may be muddy.

Further Information

Please bring food and drink for personal consumption on the walk.
No facilities on route.
Optional post walk pubs, cafes in Henley
Toilets available in Henley

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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. 


Mercure Thame Lambert Hotel is our prime sponsor for the Chilterns Walking Festival. The hotel is ideally located with lots of walks and rides from the doorstep, including the Ridgeway National Trail, the Icknield Way and the Chilterns Cycleway close by. There are circular walks too taking you up into the beechwoods and the nearby Aston Rowant National Nature Reserve. The Lambert Hotel welcomes walkers and cyclists, it is an ideal stop-off for lunch or tea and is a great touring based for those staying over. The hotel is located near J6 of the M40 and there is a 24 hour bus service (the Oxford Tube)between London and Oxford which stops just a few minutes walk from the hotel. 


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!