Hurley, beauty spot on the River Thames
Hurley is a lovely small village near Marlow, known for its yearly canoe race in spring. There are the remains of a priory, and some of the buildings boast magnificent architecture. Due to its enviable location and character, it is popular with the rich and famous, and its property values rank considerably above the national average.
What To Do And See
Hurley is not where you would go to shop your heart out, rather it's an excellent destination for an afternoon out, including picnics, short walks along the river and a pint in one of the local pubs.
The priory dates back to the mid-11th century, when it was founded as a memorial to the first wife of the great Norman lord, Geoffrey De Mandeville.
Particularly noteworthy also is The Olde Bell Inn, dating back to the twelfth century. It was originally the monks' guesthouse, and is now one of the oldest hostelries in Britain (according to some sources, it even is the oldest inn still in operation). Several other buildings around town, too, are noteworthy for their interesting architecture.
Henry IV is said to have stayed at The Old Bell Inn, where he arrived just after murdering his predecessor, Richard II. He came to pray for the soul of his late wife, but ended up discussing the monastery’s privileges instead.
Hurley is within easy reach of numerous woodland walks, as well as great towns and villages. Maidenhead and Reading, both great shopping destinations, are a mere few miles down the road.
Equally nearby are beautiful villages and small towns such as Marlow, Henley-on-Thames, Oxford, or Windsor with its renowned castle.
The parish of Hurley itself includes the villages and hamlets of Cockpole Green, Warren Row, Knowl Hill, Burchett's Green and part of Littlewick Green.
How to get there
From the M4: exit junction 8 onto the A404 (M); follow for about 4km onto onto the A404, and after another roughly 1.3km exit onto the A4130, which takes you straight to Hurley.
From the M40: exit junction 8 onto the A404; follow past Marlow to the A4130, which takes you straight to Hurley.
Hurley Parish Council: http://www.hurleyparish.org.uk Hurley History: http://www.berkshirehistory.com/villages/hurley.html