Pangbourne Circular walk
Pretty villages, a toll bridge, fine views of the Thames in the morning and a serene stroll through a rural idyll after lunch.
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River Ver, historic St Albans and the Roman town of Verulamium Next event: http://www.senderismoenlondres.co.uk/events.html Distance: 14.0 km (8.7 miles) Grading: Easy Rating: 2 out of 10 Ascents: 100 m hiking time: About 5.5 to 6.5 hours of actual hiking We start our walk in Garston through Bricket Wood Common to Lord Knutsford’s park and manor at Munden, passing the impressively converted Netherwylde Farm, to go along the River Colne and River Ver to Moor Mill Inn. The walk then follows Ver Valley Walk arrows almost all day, up through woods and blackberries, beside lakes, along the River Ver to a mobile home park and on into Park Street. St Albans Abbey and its monastic buildings were completed with bricks from the Roman town (dismantled because it had become a hiding place for robber gangs). Clock Tower. Up the 93 steps of the tower’s spiral staircase, you will discover that each of its five floors reveals a snapshot of the tower’s varied historical past. Ticket for admission included. ¡SUBSCRIBE! Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/senderismoenlondres Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hikinginlondon/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hikinginlondon/ #HikinginLondon #dayhikesaturday #Garston © Club Hiking in London. Ltd (CASC) in collaboration with Saturday Walkers Club. swcwalks book1 walk7
Sunningdale to Windsor walk Next event: http://www.senderismoenlondres.co.uk/events/virginia-water-cascades-and-windsor-castle.html Length: 17.0km (10.6 miles), if ending the walk at Windsor Riverside railway station: 16.6 km (10.3 miles) if ending at Windsor Central, and 16.8 km (10.4 miles) if ending at Staines. Allow 4 hours for the walk. For the whole outing, including trains, sights and meals, allow 8 hours – or 9 hours if visiting Savill Gardens. This walk explores Virginia Water (a lake), Valley Gardens (which overlooks it), Windsor Great Park (a forest and deer park), and the Long Walk to Windsor Castle. Near the start of this walk, you go through Coworth Park, with its polo playing fields, to enter the 4,800 acres of Windsor Great Park (no entrance charge), near the Virginia Water lake. You pass through Valley Gardens, overlooking the lake, which have a vast collection of rhododendrons and azaleas, which flower spectacularly in May or June. Check @WindsorGtPk Lunch is in a pleasant cafeteria overlooking the Savill Gardens (you have to pay to enter the gardens). After lunch, the route is up Rhododendron Ride to Cow Pond, which is covered in an array of water lilies. From here, it is through some light woods and on to the Royal Lodge, to pass through gates into Windsor Deer Park. You now have a choice of route onwards: make for the Copper Horse statue and simply embark on the full 4km of the Long Walk (which feels a bit long after a while), or follow the original (and more complicated) route through the park, joining it 1km further along. When you eventually reach the gates of Windsor Castle you turn left into the town, to walk through some of its oldest streets and their many inns, cafes and restaurants are all suitable for a tea stop. This walk may be undertaken all year round and it is relatively mud-free in winter. However, the best time to try it is in mid-May, when the azaleas are in full bloom, and the rhododendrons are coming into flower. ¡SUBSCRIBE! Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/senderismoenlondres Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hikinginlondon/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hikinginlondon/ © Club Hiking in London. Ltd 2020 (CASC) in collaboration with Saturday Walkers Club. swcwalks book1 walk18 #HikingUK #HikinginLondon #WindsorCastle
2013 begins with this wonderful little 8.5 miler in Berkshire and South Oxfordshire. Setting out from the station, on a rather misty morning, the walker is soon walking over the Whitchurch Toll Bridge into Oxfordshire for a delightful section of walking along the Thames Path National Trail. There's potential here for some fine views of said river, though the misty conditions hindered these today. The route continues through a nature reserve, woodland and then onto lunch in the village of Crays, though this walker took refreshment at the church in Whitchurch Hill. After lunch, it's on past more fields and woods, including the notorious Beech Farm dog (well shackled today!), to rejoin the minor B road back to the station. An excellent short walk with some nice variety. Just the tonic to resume mild exercise after the Festive excesses!