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Sunday 22 September 201909.15 to 18.00

The very first hike of the year goes to those of you who have arrived early in London well ahead of Freshers’ Week! “Give It A Go” is an initiative by Students’ Union UCL where you are invited to open sessions without a membership. What this means is that you can try out loads of new things with no strings attached - you are free to invite your friends along.

The information below are very important, please read them carefully and make sure you get the right tickets, and be on time to meet! Feel free to message us if you have any questions.

The walk starts in Henley (famous for its rowing regatta in late June or early July) and goes along the Thames towpath, with rowing instructors on bikes shouting instructions to their crews, past Temple Island with its neo-folly, to the 250-metre footbridge over the weir at Hambleden Mill, where canoeists practise in the stormy waters. After lunch, the walk goes through the Great Wood, the endlessness of which gives an inkling of how most of Britain must once have been. From the village of Fawley with its church and mausoleum, the walk returns along the Oxfordshire Way, past the manor of Henley Park, to Henley for tea, or a pint at the pub which the club always loves.

WALK LEADERS: Elly Chaw
WALK DIFFICULTY: 2/10 (read more about what this means on our website https://www.uclhiking.co.uk/walk-grades)
WALK DISTANCE: 16.1km

MEETING POINT:
0915 at London Paddington outside WHSmith

TRAVEL TICKETS:
Buy an OFF-PEAK DAY RETURN (Outbound: 0945; Inbound: 1653) between London Paddington and Henley-on-Thames, £17.70 without 16-25 Railcard and £11.70 with Railcard (prices tend to fluctuate so do get them as early as possible, and we recommend you to buy on https://www.thetrainline.com/)

FOOD:
Bring packed lunch (sandwiches, fruits, cold pasta, baguettes, etc…up to you really) and water!

OTHER STUFF TO BRING:
>Raincoat/Waterproof Jacket (ESSENTIAL) in case of bad weather
>Train tickets and Railcard (if you have it, they’ll check!)
>Camera!!!!
>Hat or scarf if you’re feeling chilly
>Hiking boots or other footwear you don’t mind getting muddy
>Your smile and enthusiasm :)