The parish of Stoke Row is set in an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) within the Chilterns. It is happily blessed with 36 definitive footpaths (plus a number of permissive paths) within its boundaries, so it is possible to enjoy many circular walks and rides through varied scenery - ranging from wood to farmland. Of course, many of these footpaths lead on to other parishes footpaths so it is possible to walk as many or as few miles as you like.

Details of these footpaths may be found on the Ordnance Survey Explorer Map 171 for Chiltern Hills West or, for more detail, try the excellent maps produced by the Chiltern Society and available from them or The Bell Bookshop in Henley. Stoke Row is covered by map No. 16 Henley and Nettlebed and by map No. 15 Crowmarsh and Nuffield.

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Contacts & Information

Your local volunteer with responsibility for footpaths is Rita Gregory.

Your Chiltern Society footpath representative for Stoke Row, is David Mitchell, who can be contacted on  01491 680761.

Stephen Fox is the South Oxon Area 8a Secretary for Rights of Way Group of the Chiltern Society. This covers the parish of Stoke Row, plus additionally the parishes of Binfield Heath, Crowmarsh, Harpsden, Henley on Thames, Highmoor, Nuffield, Rotherfield Greys, Rotherfield Peppard, Shiplake & Sonning Common. Stephen can be contacted on  01491 681646, or via email at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Howard Dell is the South Chilterns Path Maintenance Volunteers Coordinator, and can be contacted on  01494 764149, or via email at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. They operate 3 days a month. Volunteers are most welcome and there is no need to be a member of the Chiltern Society.

Stoke Row is a village of approximately 700 inhabitants and is situated 175 metres above sea level at the southern end of the Chiltern Hills. It's flint and clay soil, laid over chalk, enabled its early history of pottery making. However, there was no natural water source and it is likely that only hunter gatherers would have visited this wooded area until the Saxons came.

At that time it became know as Stoches (meaning a fenced place) Ruh (meaning a rough, outlying place). Later this long narrow village, straggling along the ridge, became Stoke Rewe (the latter from the Norman French Rue, meaning street). Administratively, the village was in the parish of Ipsden until 1952, when it formed its own Parish Council.