From Hungerford to the Lambourn Downs (and back), 16 miles, challenging

When:
May 15, 2021 @ 10:10 am
2021-05-15T10:10:00+01:00
2021-05-15T10:25:00+01:00
Where:
Hungerford Station
Contact:
Zak
07810 896288
  • This walk is limited to 14 walkers + the walk leader.
  • Booking will open for this walk on the NIGHT OF WEDNESDAY 12th MAY.
  • Do not turn up for a walk without prior booking, else we will have to turn you away
  • Follow all safety advice given by the walk leader
  • It is recommended you bring hand sanitizer or gloves in case you need to touch gates/stiles/etc
  • If you or someone else from your household has COVID-19 symptoms, please do not attend.

This is a relatively long walk, with a few hills, but will reward you with some spectacular views of the West Berkshire countryside that we haven’t visited for a while.

Given the distance to cover, please be aware that the pace may be a little quicker than many of our shorter walks.

Meet in the car park at Hungerford station at 10:10am, shortly after the arrival of the 09:33 service from Reading (09:53 from Newbury). If driving, charges will apply (via APCOA) to park in the station car park, otherwise please park legally and considerately nearby.

From the start point, we’ll cross the Rivers Kennet and Dun (and the Kennet & Avon Canal) and head north out of Hungerford into the rolling countryside towards Woodlands St Mary. From there we’ll make our way into the Lambourn Downs via Watchcroft Copse and Great Park Wood, passing over Shrags Hill into the village of Eastbury. We’ll then follow the Lambourn Valley Way close to the river as far as East Garston, making a short climb for some more great views across the valley before crossing back over the River Lambourn and making our way south on the return leg, passing Hungerford Newtown, and crossing the rivers and canal again at Denford Mill, before following the canal towpath back to our starting point in Hungerford. Trains back to Newbury and Reading run every hour.

Please bring a packed lunch, snacks, and plenty of water to last, as this is a long walk with no pub stops. Please also make sure you have footwear in which you’ll be comfortable to walk this distance (sturdy, worn-in walking boots or shoes are strongly recommended) and are prepared for any changes in the weather which might occur.

Book a place on this walk by completing the Google Form. We will only use the contact information you provide to get in touch about the walk, or to share if requested with NHS Test and Trace.

If after booking, you need to cancel your place on the walk, please email walking@berkshirewalkers.co.uk so that we can make your place available to someone else.

Please only contact the leader with queries about the walk or if you are delayed on the day.