Tips for Outdoorsy People Staying in Henley-on-Thames

If you are planning to stay in Henley-on-Thames in the near future, or you are already living in the town, you might be on the lookout for ways that you can enjoy the outdoors and feel at one with nature.

Therefore, here are some of the top ways that outdoorsy people can make the most of Henley-on-Thames and see all of the beautiful sights that it has to offer active people throughout both the summer and winter months.

·        Go Camping

You might be used to camping if you adore the outdoors, as this is a cheap and cheerful way for you to holiday without once having to step a foot indoors. Although this can allow you to sleep under the stars and test out your survival skills, you might find that camping is not all that is has lived up to be (especially during the colder months of the year) and you might start to miss the little luxuries of everyday life.

However, you might not always be able to book a hotel at the last minute, and glamping might not be an option for you. Instead, you should learn how not to glamp! To spruce up your camping experience, you might consider looking at the latest camping tools, invest in a more durable and spacious tent and update your equipment, such as your camping chairs. By doing this, you will be able to feel refreshed after a night in your tent and will be better able to enjoy your camping trip and the sights that Henley-on-Thames has to offer.

·        Go Down the River

One of the most famous natural features of Henley-on-Thames is its river. Not only is it mentioned in the town’s name, but was also the inspiration for The Wind in the Willows, making it a spectacle that many people want to visit during their trip to Henley-on-Thames.

For some people, it might be their sole reason for travelling to the town at all. Luckily, there are many different ways that you can enjoy the beautiful river at the heart of the community. By far the most traditional way to enjoy the river is to hire a canoe for a few hours, which can give you the chance to explore the waters of the River Thames and to get up close and personal with the wildlife that populates it. You might even be able to see the animals that inspired the characters from Kenneth Grahame’s book, such as Ratty and Mole.

If you want your day to be a little more guided, though, you should consider booking yourself onto a riverboat tour, as this will give you the chance to meet an expert who will be able to share their knowledge of the river and the sights that you travel past on your way.

·        Go Walking

When you are staying in Henley-on-Thames, there is no reason why you should stick to the town centre, and you should consider looking a little further afield to get your nature fix. There are many wonderful locations to walk in that can be perfect for those who want to stretch their legs and unwind after a stressful few months in their day job. Not only can you walk alongside the river, but there is also a lot of surrounding farmland that you can get lost in, with circular routes available for those who want to make sure that they are back for dinner.

However, if you are a big walker who also adores historical properties, you should consider investing in a National Trust pass. This pass will get you into all of the properties that are owned by the National Trust across the country, including those near Henley-on-Thames. For instance, Grey’s Court is a gorgeous Tudor manor house with its own garden that you can amble through, and that connects up with many of the major hikes in the area. This will mean that you are able to stop for a rest and an adventure back into the past before setting off again.

·        Bring Your Pet

Henley-on-Thames is also relatively pet friendly, meaning that there is no reason why you cannot invite your dog along with you for your outdoor holiday. There are plenty of dog-friendly hotels and cottages for you and your pet to snuggle up in, and many dog-friendly pubs that you and your pet can rest at when you need a break from strolling around the stunning countryside that you will find in Henley.

You will also find that many of the possible walking routes that you can go on are suitable for dogs (and that your dog will not struggle to complete them) – ensuring that your furry friend has just as good a trip as you do.


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