Day Hiking In Henley In Arden, England!
Henley is a lovely historic village with pubs, cafes and of course the famous ice cream shop!
Both the morning and afternoon hikes were around 4½ miles and both were fairly easy.
However, the wind, rain and mud made the hike a little more strenuous than we had planned.
Henley In Arden Day Hiking Warwickshire Video
This video slideshow shows the highlights of this Henley In Arden Day Hiking Warwickshire trip.
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Henley In Arden Day Hiking Warwickshire Route
The morning of this Day Hiking In Henley In Arden England started from the famous Henley High Street and then followed the Heart of England Way, a long distance footpath. We passed the site where Beaudesert Castle once stood and walked along field paths through farmland. There were a couple of gradients but not too strenuous, as we took our time.
At the end of the morning hike, lunchtime, some people went to a pub briefly for refreshment whilst we ate our packed lunch on a bench in the street! By this time, there had been a break in the clouds and the rain had stopped.
The afternoon hiking started from the same location and used the Heart of England way, in the opposite direction, and also the Arden Way. This route also used field paths through farmland and took in the hamlets of Hallend, Ullenhall and Oldberrow.
Day Hiking In Henley In Arden England was a rather wet and windy event. At the end we retreated to a pub on the High Street where we enjoyed a drink, a meal and the company of fellow hikers.
Henley In Arden Day Hiking Warwickshire Local Info
At the centre of Henley In Arden is the old Market Place. The remainder of its 15th century Market Cross can still be seen, and is one of a small number that still exist in the county of Warwickshire today. Made from local stone, only the elevated base of 3 steps and the lower section of the shank remain of The Cross.
When initially built, The Cross included a 4-sided head with niches. The niches all had a carved relief. One was the Rood, another was the Trinity, there was also St. Peter with the key, and the fourth may have been the Virgin and Child. Public statements have been made from the Cross for 5 centuries, one of which was the proclamation of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II in 1952.
The High Street is a mile in length and is now categorized as a conservation area. There are over 150 listed buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. Two buildings worth noting are:
- The Guild Hall, which is a timber-framed building positioned to the north of St. John’s Church. Although it has been restored extensively, many of the original timbers still remain in place. This was where the ancient manorial court know as the Court Leet met each year to elect officials and report on the work of the prior year.
- Joseph Hardy’s House, which is now home of the Heritage Centre. This is a rare jewel of architecture. The oldest parts of the house have been dated back to 1345 and include interesting features such as: the Crown Post, an unusual roof construction for a Warwickshire house; and displays of: Medieval Henley; Home Life in Henley, Transport and Trade; and a Victorian School Room.
When Done & With Whom
I did this hike with my partner Anne whilst on a day hike with Steve Dell and SPICE during November 2009. We drove from our home in Birmingham to the start location of Henley In Arden High Street and parked in the street. If there are no spaces on the High Street try the pay and display car park behind the High Street.