Cruise Missile Bunkers, Greenham Common (6 of them, each with up to 16 missiles at the time)

Cruise Missile Bunkers, Greenham Common (6 of them, each with up to 16 missiles at the time)

SWC Walk 34 Newbury Racecourse to Woolhampton (Midgham Station)

13-Jan-17 • thomasgrabow on Flickr

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Racecourse Stables

Racecourse Stables

SWC Walk 34 Newbury Racecourse to Woolhampton (Midgham Station)

11-Jan-17 • thomasgrabow on Flickr

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River Enborne, cascade

River Enborne, cascade

SWC Walk 34 Newbury Racecourse to Woolhampton (Midgham Station)

11-Jan-17 • thomasgrabow on Flickr

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The Moon is Up, Lake in Woolhampton

The Moon is Up, Lake in Woolhampton

SWC Walk 34 Newbury Racecourse to Woolhampton (Midgham Station)

11-Jan-17 • thomasgrabow on Flickr

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Wet woodland

Wet woodland

Greenham Common. Newbury Racecourse to Woolhampton

18-Jan-08 • moontiger on Flickr

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Approaching the silos

Approaching the silos

Greenham Common Newbury Racecourse to Woolhampton

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Missile silo

Missile silo

Greenham Common Newbury Racecourse to Woolhampton

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Newbury Racecourse to Woolhampton walk

Easy walk with some gentle climbs en route which crosses Greenham Common, a former World War II and NATO airfield.

History

This is a list of previous times this walk has been done by the club (since Jan 2010). For more recent events (since April 2015), full details are shown.

Date # Post
Wed, 11-Jan-17 11

Wednesday Walk – Moonlight Special (hopefully) with Some Gentle Climbs and Greenham Common, a Re-naturalized former WW II and NATO Airfield

SWC Walk 34: Newbury Racecourse to Woolhampton with possible extension to Aldermaston and Theale

Distance: 10.6 miles or 17 km for those more metrically minded (12.6 miles (20km) or 16.6 miles (27 km) with the Aldermaston and Theale extensions, respectively)
Difficulty: 2 out of 10

Train: Take the 10:30 AM Great Western train to Bristol from London Paddington, changing at Reading (arrive 10:55; depart 11:12), arriving at Newbury Racecourse at 11:38. Return trains (all requiring a change at Reading unless otherwise noted) from Midgham (Woolhampton) are at 15:24; 15:29; 16:24; 16:29; 17:23; 17:29; 18:24; 18:31; 19:29; 20:08; 21:02; 21:34; 22:24; from Aldermaston at 15:28; 16:28; 17:27; 18:06 (no change); 18:28; 19:25; 20:12; 21:05; 21:38; 22:28; and from Theale at 17:05 (no change); 17:32; 18:11 (no change); 18:33; 19:06 (no change); 19:20; 20:24 (no change); 21:10; 21:43; 22:33 . Buy a day return to Newbury Racecourse.
This interesting walk takes you across Greenham Common a former WW II and NATO airstrip that has since been left to return to nature. It is a gentle outing with a few minor climbs and views across Berkshire. ALSO, as Wednesday is just one day before the full moon, if the weather conditions smile on us, it may be possible to extend the walk with a late afternoon/early evening moonlit stretch along the Avon & Kennet Canal to Aldermaston (2 miles/3km-ish) and eventually Theale (6 miles/10km-ish). You can find more information about the walk and download the walk instructions here.

The recommended lunch pub is the Travellers Friend (01189 713 156) in Crookham Common (5.2 miles/8.5 km into the walk). Tea can be had at the very pleasant Rowbarge Inn near Midgham Station. If doing the extension, the Butt Inn at Aldermaston Wharf and various pubs near Theale Station (mostly clustered on the High Street) can also quench your thirst...

Enjoy the walk!
Memories of the 1983 CND demo, that formed a human chain for 14 miles between the Greenham Common Peace Camp (cruise missiles) and Aldermaston (nuclear weapons research).
11 plus one dog on this walk, on a fairly sunny day. Interesting to see the former Greenham Common Airbase, so notorious in the 1980s, now returned to nature. Otherwise a gentle walk over fields: pleasant if unexceptional.

We were the only customers at the pub, which produced passable food quickly and was reasonably friendly. The Rowbarge was cosy for tea.

Excitement rose at the end of the walk because the sky was still clear and a big nearly full moon rose confidently over a lake. This inspired all but one to do the extension to Aldermaston a record number for an SWC moonlight walk. It was a less straightforward than expected walk along the canal, where we got lost at one point, but an entrancing expedition nevertheless. Five or six of us went to the Aldermaston pub before an 8pm train home.
Sat, 17-Jan-15 4 Newbury Racecourse to Woolhampton
Sun, 25-May-14 0 Newbury Racecourse to Woolhampton
Sat, 27-Apr-13 5 Newbury Racecourse to Woolhampton
Sun, 26-Feb-12 Newbury Racecourse to Woolhampton
Sat, 25-Jun-11 Newbury Racecourse to Woolhampton
Sun, 20-Mar-11 Newbury Racecourse to Woolhampton
Sun, 04-Apr-10 Newbury Racecourse to Woolhampton
Sat, 07-Mar-09 Newbury Racecourse to Woolhampton
Sat, 21-Jun-08 Newbury Racecourse to Woolhampton
Sat, 19-Jan-08 Newbury Racecourse to Woolhampton
Wed, 03-Oct-07 Newbury Racecourse to Woolhampton