Kintbury to Great Bedwyn, Book 2 walk 9.
12.4 miles (20km)
5 out of 10
I've gone for a later start to this walk, as the lunch pub is just 4 miles (6.5km) into the walk making the lunch stop around 1.10 rather than 12.10.
"This walk has a decidedly West Country feel. In the morning, it passes through an idyllic series of woods and pastures, with largely gentle gradients. After lunch at a quiet country pub in Inkpen it climbs up onto a long ridge, giving views as dramatic, but even more unspoiled, than any on the South Downs. The rest of the walk follows the Test Way, a broad track along the top of this ridge, before descending to the valley and the pretty village of Great Bedwyn." Trains:
1018 Bedwyn train from Paddington, first stop Reading, arriving Kintbury 1130. From other stations, you will need to get to Reading for a 1051 departure. There is a direct return from Bedwyn at 1739 & 1841, with the 1941 involving a change at Reading. Buy a return to Bedwyn. Lunch: Swan Inn
(tel 01488 668326) at Lower Inkpen, which specialises in organic beef (no dogs inside).
You should be able to catch the 1739 with a quick lunch, but if not there is the The Cross Keys Inn
(tel 01672 870332) in Great Bedwyn, open all day at weekends and tea and coffee are always available.