Winnie the Pooh sails the Thames The River Thames
From Source to Sea

From Marsh Lock at Henley the River flows north west.


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Henley, 8 miles down river from Reading, is a well-to-do riverside market town . The area is one of the most beautiful stretches of the River Thames, in gently wooded, rolling countryside. It lies at the foot of the Chiltern Hills.

Henley is said to be the oldest settlement in Oxfordshire - a Roman grain store and skeletons of 97 supposedly unwanted children were excavated at Mill End in 1911.

Henley was a Saxon stronghold. The name Henley is thought to come from two Saxon words: Hen (old) and Ley (place or clearing).

Since 1839 the town has played host, during the first week of July, to the world famous Henley Royal Regatta, one of the highlights of the British sporting and social calendar. This is a five day event of rowing races and social gatherings.

Did you know? ...

In 1829 the first University boat race between Oxford and Cambridge was rowed along the river at Henley before it moved to its current course between Putney and Mortlake, a few days' walk downstream.

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