As the weather begins to warm up why not challenge yourself to a pleasant walk this spring and take on the Marlow circular!
This 13.4 mile walk has been graded as 3 out of 10 in terms of toughness by the folks over at the official walking club website and is an ideal ramble for those wishing to enjoy some pleasant scenery and an excellent lunch along the way! Starting out from Marlow, the first section of the walk will take you through some particularly lovely meadows as you follow the path of the river Thames for 5 miles.
Walkers will pass through our lovely village of Hurley along the way, where the Olde Bell is situated. Hurley was once a Benedictine Monastery mentioned in the Domesday survey of 1086 and the local Parish church of St. Mary the virgin was the original chapel of the monastery. Walkers can enjoy a lovely stroll around Hurley to take in the calm and relaxed atmosphere before joining us for a delicious pub lunch! After a hearty morning of exercise, why not sample one of our famous home made pies or a tasty risotto… Our splendid walled kitchen garden provides the majority of the fruit and vegetables that will end up on your plate so guests can be assured of the finest and freshest of ingredients. This “garden to plate” tradition is just a small part of the ethos of the Olde Bell – where we have worked hard to create the original feel of an olde ancient inn. Following a delicious lunch, why not relax in our tranquil summer garden and enjoy a refreshing drink before heading off for the second part of the Marlow Circular. If you need to stock up on refreshments for the rest of the walk then be sure to pop into the Hurley farm shop which opens between 7.30am and 8pm daily and can provide you with a variety of snacks and drinks.
Upon arrival in Henley, having taken on a few gentle woodland hills, a variety of delightful eateries can be found. We particularly recommend the Chocolate Theatre Cafe which is light and airy with some pretty river views. If staying in Henley for a late lunch or early dinner, why not try out Orwells which has been named restaurant of year by the Good Food Guide. Alternatively, the Baskerville in lower Shiplake is also a firm favourite with locals as well as tourists in Henley.
If you are looking to enhance your walk with an overnight stay then treat yourself to a night at the Olde Bell, which is only 3.9 miles from Marlow via the A404. With an enticing selection of luxe rooms, some of which feature traditional roll top baths, guest can be assured of a great night’s sleep in the comfort of one of our huge hand made beds. Expect pure cotton sheets, luxury Noble Isle toiletries and pure wool Jacob’s blankets which all come as standard– just bliss after a long walk!
The following morning, why not take on another local stroll to admire the beauty of the Thames. Hurley Lock is a unique point of interest as this where the river Thames splits into a number of channels. The ford that crosses the river at this point was the origin of Hurley and mentioned in the Saxon Chronicles!
We do hope that you choose to stay with us at the Olde Bell following one of the many pretty walks around Hurley, or at least pop in to enjoy a delicious lunch along the way. Should you have any questions about our rooms, please call our friendly team on 01628 825881 today and we will be delighted to help!