What could be better than a country walk to get the blood pumping and some fresh air in your lungs followed by a well-deserved drink and a bite to eat in a pub? Well how about three walks from that pub so you can decide how far you want to walk?
Brakspear have joined together with the charity TOE2 (Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment who help maintain Oxfordshire’s footpaths) to launch the Brakspear Pub Trails. TOE2 volunteers have helped put together 30 circular walks (3 from central Henley for the Henley Brakspear Pub Trail) and 3 circular walks from 9 other Brakspear pubs in South Oxfordshire including the Flower Pot at Aston, the Rainbow Inn at Middle Assendon and The Maltsters Arms at Rotherfield Greys. Each Pub Trail has it’s own leaflet which includes how to get to each pub, detailed directions for each route with some great ‘Did you know? snippets about landmarks on the route and a map. The Henley Brakspear Pub Trail leaflet will be available in all the Henley Brakspear pubs as well as the Henley Tourist Information Offices. The walks from each range from 3 miles up to 7 miles.
Brakspear Chief Executive, Tom Davies at the launch at The Station House pub said, “We’re delighted to launch the Pub Trails. Karen Woolley from TOE2 came to me with the idea about 9 months ago. We’ve started with 30 walks and are looking to expand the number of walks over the Autumn and Winter. We hope it’s going to be a great success. We have worked with Henley Town Council and thank them for their support. We are here to help Henley be a fantastic place to live and visit. Hopefully things like this will continue to drive it forward. We hope everyone enjoys the walks and feedback would be great so that we can continue to try and improve them.”
Karen Woolley said, “We’re really lucky to have such a fantastic footpath network, lovely countryside and great country pubs in our area. Maintaining and improving the footpaths is one of the 3 main areas that TOE2 helps fund. Unfortunately the County Council no longer has the budgets to maintain the footpaths. We are really pleased to have formed a partnership with Brakspear and their donation will really help with ensuring that the footpaths continue to stay open.”