Slow Ways across the Chilterns (1401)

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    Start dateOctober 20 2022
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    Time10:00 am
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    LocationOX10 8DL
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    PriceFree

Join us for a ‘Slow Ways’ hike across the Chilterns from Wallingford to Henley. The ‘Slow Ways’ project aims to create a national network of walking routes connecting thousands of towns, cities, and villages throughout Britain. Come and be part of it for a day!

There has been a route across the Chilterns between Wallingford and Henley since at least Roman times, and possibly earlier. On this Slow Ways hike we will discover parts of these historic routes, while at the same time contribute to a new network of ways. This is a linear walk with a steady climb up from Wallingford to a high point at Nuffield and an ‘undulating’ descent into Henley. There is a regular bus service – X38 River Rapids – between our start and finish towns.

Additional information

Walkers should dress appropriately for a country walk having regard to the weather on the day and bring waterproofs in case of rain. Bring drink and food for personal consumption during walk. There will be a cafe stop mid-walk. We advise walkers to carry personal first aid and medication (if required) and hand sanitiser.This walk is supporting Thames Valley Air Ambulance, an independent charity at the front line of saving lives (https://www.tvairambulance.org.uk/). Donations on the day will be gratefully received.

Terrain info: Rural paths and tracks generally good but can be uneven and rough in part, and muddy after rain. Some short sections on path/road through town and village. 800 ft (245 m) total ascent.

Young people 16+ welcome but must be capable of walking the distance and be supervised by parents/guardian who shall be responsible for them during the walk.

Philippa Sanders. Pipsticks Walks.
Meet by Wallingford Town Hall, Castle Street, Wallingford, OX10 8DL Town car parks in Wallingford and Henley
14 miles
Long walks (7 or more miles)
7h
Strenuous (long / challenging walk for fit / experienced walkers
Moderate
8
Yes
Yes ("Thames Travel - X38 River Rapids - Oxford - Wallingford - Henley GWR train - Henley via Twyford to London and Reading")