…by special arrangement, Arthur D. has relinquished the walk poster role for this Wednesday, so that we can give this 'new' walk a run-out, thanks ever so much!
SWC Walk 117a – Rolling West Berkshire countryside: woodlands, fields, commons, chalk stream valleys (Kennet, Bourne), heathland, finish along canal or through parkland. Quiet and scenic. Not too muddy
Length: 16.6 km (10.3 mi)
Ascent/Descent: 240 m; Net Walking Time: ca. 4 hours
Toughness: 3 out of 10
Take the 10.30 Bristol Temple Meads train from Paddington, arriving Aldermaston at 11.25; change at Reading: arrives 10.55, departs 11.12 (Newbury Train, usually on Platform 1)
Missed the 10.30? The 10.45 might still suffice: you have three minutes at Reading to get from Platform 9 to Platform 1 (note to self…)
Return trains: 16.24, 17.23, 18.24, 19.29, 20.08 hours (change at Reading, 58-70 minutes journey time)
Buy a Midgham return.
First posting of this former map lead walk, newly re-routed, split into two and fully written up, we will take the opportunity to check the walk directions of the short version of the first walk.
To quote the write-up:
“This walk explores a surprisingly quiet part of the commuter area that is West Berkshire, less than an hour from Central London. It is an undulating landscape with some fine views over unspoilt countryside - the West Berkshire Downs, which are part of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and consist of a mix of ancient woodlands, commons, fields and pretty villages with pleasant, historical pubs. The route passes through the chalk stream river valleys of the Kennet and the Bourne. It also leads through parts of the Bucklebury Estate, one of the largest in the South, namely the elevated Bucklebury Common, which includes one of Berkshire’s largest heathlands. At the end there is a choice of finishes either along the Kennet & Avon Canal or through the landscaped Midgham Park. “
The recommended lunch option is The Cottage Inn
in Upper Bucklebury
(9.5 km/5.9 mi), which has won a Best Community Pub award for two years running.
For tea The Rowbarge Inn
, 2 minutes from Midgham station, is the only option.
For walk directions
, height profile
, and gpx/kml files