Walkers Are Welcome Map Out Plans for 2021

Now that we have some relaxation from the lockdown restrictions Walkers are Welcome (WaW) in Henley has set out its plans for 2021 and beyond.

Chair of WaW, Peter Stone said, “Like so many others our plans for 2020 were severely curtailed by Covid; however it was good to see that during the lockdown many more people have taken to walking and this is something we would like to see continue; whether you want to walk by yourself or with an organised group Henley is an ideal place. We have lots of local footpaths (kept in good condition by the South Chilterns Path Maintenance Volunteers – part of the Chiltern Society) stretching into the Chiltern countryside and along the Thames Path.”

There are a few organisations who provide guided walks in the area, Pipsticks, Foot in the Chilterns and Henley & Goring Ramblers and there are suggestions for walks on the Walkers are Welcome Henley website.

In and around Henley there are many pubs, cafes and restaurants that you can stop off who have outside seating.  Walkers are Welcome list some great ones here http://walkhenley.co.uk/waw-businesses/

WaW are planning to organise regular litter picking walks mainly on footpaths/bridleways in the countryside to complement the work being done by the Henley Wombles in the Henley town area.

WaW are liaising with Oxfordshire County Council on improving the information shown on way-mark signs for footpaths and with Henley Town Council on the installation of notice boards round the town giving information about local walks.  They are also negotiating with various authorities to erect a plaque/sign to identify the beginning/end of the Oxfordshire Way which runs between Henley and Bourton on the Water.

Next month (27 May – 2 June) WaW are holding a Walking Festival.  Walks are open to all but advance booking is required and some involve payment. There is a good variety of walks including a geocache walk,  family walk, evening pub walk, Henley Town places of interest walk and long 12 mile walk for the energetic.   Details can be found here

WaW also propose to get involved with other projects during the year including Slow Ways, National Tree Week and the Countryfile Children in Need walks.

Peter added, “In order to help us implement these and other activities we are seeking additional members to join our committee; also if you are interested in litter picking on footpaths or any other aspects of our activities please contact me petercstone99@aol.com. We believe that giving Henley more publicity as a walking town can bring more people into the town and hence provide more business for local companies especially accommodation and food providers; if this appeals to your business and you would like to join us please get in touch.”