The Thames arches past Lower Shiplake with some residences for the well heeled dotted along the bank. Once past Phillimores Island there is a half mile straight section into Marsh Lock, through the lock affluent Henley is laid out in front of you, Rod Island with its seemingly marooned residents, park land, the iconic Henley Bridge, boats of all shapes and sizes, St Mary the Virgin 16th century church dominates the town by the river (Dusty Springfield is resting there) and on the opposite bank the Leander Rowing club that spawned Steve Redgrave, who won five gold medals at consecutive Olympics Games, has the Henley Regatta HQ as a neighbour.
We walked into town to post off my camera for repair and to get supplies from Waitrose, no Tesco or Lidl here. Later we walked back into town to find a maggot shop but the one on google maps is now a Chinese takeaway.
Henley has its share of upmarket hostelries cafes and restaurants, as if to offset this it also has a very large Weatherspoons where we partook of the Tuesday steak club meal.