Come along, come along, it’s Christmas jumper on, 6.5 miles, easy

December 18, 2021 @ 9:30 am
Thatcham station (south side)
Thatcham RG19 4PP

An easy morning stroll along the canal, through Bowdown woods, and across Greenham Common. Christmas jumpers required, singing optional.

Walk details

The walk will start as a nice easy stroll along the Kennet and Avon canal until we reach Bull’s lock. There we will cross the canal and head south towards Bowdown Farm.

We’ll then walk up the hill towards the Bowdown Woods Nature Reserve: a beautiful ancient woodland with spectacular views; hidden valleys; and handsome bridges over winding streams.

We’ll loop around the reserve and then head back down the hill and out onto Greenham Common. This is a pretty and open stretch of heathland, which used to host a RAF base through the Second World War and Cold War.

We will then follow the footpath around the common and then head north to re-join the canal path and return to the station.

Travel details

If coming from Reading, get the 09:06 train which arrives in Thatcham at 09:26.

Car parking available at the station – charges may apply.


  • If you or someone else from your household has COVID-19 symptoms, please do not attend.
  • Please be considerate to other path users and step aside to let people past – and don’t forget to say ‘hi’ or ‘thanks’!
  • Please bring a drink and a snack.
  • Please note: there is NO lunch stop on this walk.
  • It might be muddy – please wear suitable footwear.
  • If it’s a rainy day, please bring waterproofs.
  • Please feel free to contact the leader with queries about the walk, or if you are delayed on the day.

Booking details

  • This walk is limited to 12 walkers including the walk leader.
  • Do not turn up for the walk without booking, else we will have to turn you away.
  • Book a place on this walk by completing this Google Form. Booking will open the Wednesday evening before the walk.
  • If you have any queries, please email