Meet outside Pangbourne station for a 10.30am start. If coming from Reading, take the 10:17 departure from Reading which arrives in Pangbourne at 10:25. The walk leader will be on this train, so if the train is delayed, the start of the walk will be too.
This is a relatively easy circular walk with no steep gradients, taking a new route into an area south of the Thames that we rarely venture into. This walk takes in the beautiful Berkshire countryside with dappled forest glades, open fields with some beautiful viewpoints along the way and a strong possibility of bluebells.
From Pangbourne, we head south through the beautiful Berry’s Copse. We carry on across field and forest, through Knapp’s Wood, taking in the eastern end of Upper Basildon, before skirting the edge of the Basildon Park estate (alas, no glimpse of the great house itself). Our route then takes us on to St Bartholomew’s Church in Lower Basildon and the actual final resting place of Jethro Tull, the 18th century agriculturalist, before heading along the Thames tow path back to Pangbourne for a pub stop.
Please bring lunch, water and some money for the pub stop (if desired).
Sat Nav: RG8 7DY or 51.4853 -1.0900
Grid Ref: SU632766