Conquering Combe Gibbet, 14 miles, challenging

July 22, 2017 @ 9:45 am
Hungerford Station
07507 938003

The walk will start at 09:45 from Hungerford railway station (south side). This is shortly after the arrival of the 09:03 from Reading which arrives in Hungerford at 09:38. NOTE: This journey involves a change of train at Newbury (arr 09:18, dep 09:27).  If the train is delayed, the start of the walk will be too. Parking is also available at the station, where charges apply.

We will head out from the station and up to Hungerford Common where (if we’re lucky) we’ll get to see the friendly herd of cows who freely graze there – as well as a good view looking up to Combe Gibbet in the distance. The way continues taking us through Mount Prosperous & Ham before picking up the Mid Wilts Way. This leads us up Ham Hill – a short but very steep ascent! Safe to say, the views are worth the climb. Once at the top we’ll head east along to Combe GIbbet itself where we’ll stop for lunch. If you don’t know the history of the Gibbet, and want to know, the walk leader will be happy to tell you about it.

After lunch we will pick up the start of the Wayfarer’s Walk and visit the trig point at the top of Walbury Hill (the highest hill in Berkshire and the highest natural point in South East England!). Shortly after we will begin our descent – not as steep as the way up! There is a small amount of road walking, but mainly we will be following footpaths before arriving back at Hungerford Common.

Pub stop at The Downgate at the end of walk OR if you fancy tea & cake, the walk leader can point you in the right direction! For anyone not wanting to stay at the pub, the train station is a 5 minute walk away.

Please bring a pack lunch and any snacks you’ll want to eat along the way – as well as plenty of water.

Sat Nav: RG17 0EA or 51.4146 -1.5117

Grid Ref: SU340685