Despite being in Oxfordshire, Henley-on-Thames is just over the Berkshire boarder (approx 25 minutes / 30 minutes from Reading / Maidenhead) and worth a visit. It’s not only a quaint town to visit but you can have some great walks along the river watching the boats and wildlife. We enjoy visiting Mill Meadows, Henley-on-Thames, its one of our favourite parts of the town.
In terms of walking we generally head back from Mill Meadows towards the town for a walk, if we want a short walk we turn back at the bridge, by The Angel on the Bridge pub (this path is mainly hard standing and buggy friendly and takes about 15 / 20 minutes each way). However, if we are looking for a longer walk, we will cross over the bridge onto the other side of the road and river and walk as far as ‘little feet’ will go and turn back on ourselves, this path might be muddy during the winter months.
Henley-on-Thames, The River Thames
Another walk which we have not done yet is to walk from Mill Meadows to Marsh Meadows along the Thames Path. This is in the opposite direct to Henley on Thames and the below map should help give directions / help you get your bearings. I also believe if you carry on walking once you have got to Marsh Meadow you would reach Marsh Lock.
Mill Meadows is an open space by the River Thames perfect for watching river life and feeding the swans and ducks. There is a cafe and toilets at Mill Meadows and in the summer months there is a putting green, tourist information desk and we have previously enjoyed bands playing live music in the bandstand. You can also hire a deckchair and enjoy river and park life. There is also an option to book onto a boat trip from this part of Henley if you want to add something additional to your day out.
Mill Meadows also has two great parks; Mill Meadows Junior Adventure Playground and Mill Meadows Adventure Playground. The junior playground is great with swings, climbing frames, slides and brilliant for tots to older children. The other adventure park is all made of wood and suitable for older children. There is a large slide, zip wire and more challenge obstacles to climb.
Mill Meadows is a short walk from Henley town which is lovely if you want to have a look around the shops, grab a coffee or food. The River and Rowing Museum is also next to Mill Meadows and is a popular family attraction. There is a Wind in the Willow exhibition which is a permanent feature alongside the rowing exhibits. The museum also run additional exhibits and put on special events during school holidays. There is also cafe at the museum.
Where to park?
We park in the car park at Mill Meadows (click here for parking charges) or we have sometime parked at Henley on Thames railway station (charges apply), which gives easy access to Mill Meadows as there is a little footpath from the station to Mill Meadows.
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