Henley upon Thames has been voted by The Times as one of the best places to live in the English countryside and is a regular winner of RHS Britain in Bloom medals.
This little town on a quaint riverside bank is surrounded by lush green fields and wooded hills. The main street has many Georgian frontages and there are 300 buildings within the town designated ‘of special architectural or historical interest’ including St Mary’s Church, the Town Hall, Market Place and the 18th Century stone bridge. This picture perfect Wind in the Willows existence is also a sublime place for long lunches and quirky shopping. Yet there is more than just beauty to Henley, it’s a town filled with spectacle and fun.
For over 175 years, the town has been hosted the world’s greatest rowing regatta, the Henley Royal Regatta along with the ‘joie de vivre’ of the summer arts festival and Rewind, the ’80s music festival.
You can even follow in the footsteps of Midsomer Murders’s Inspector Barnaby. This long running TV series has used Henley as a film location on numerous occasions. There was even a Midsomer Regatta filmed during Henley Regatta one year. It’s easy to visit the locations used for filming with the help of the town’s Midsomer walking trail and if you’re lucky you’ll end up pouring a pint in The Argyll where Inspector Barnaby has a plaque at the bar.
Le boat’s Chertsey via Henley upon Thames is an itinerary that takes from three to five nights and is filled with the true charm of cruising with friendly pubs and picturesque villages to explore.
Other attractions along the way include sightseeing in Windsor, Hampton Court Palace’s oldest surviving hedge maze, Kew Botanical Gardens and Thorpe Park, a giant adventure park for adrenaline junkies.
A return trip to Chertsey via Henley upon Thames starts from $AUD1411 per boat for three nights.
For more information visit http://www.leboat.com.au