Rivar Copse is of course one of the copses surrounding Combe Gibbet, so naturally this walk takes us into a little walked area, exploring the valleys south of the Wayfarer’s Ridge.
This is a fantastic walk for a hot day, with lovely views around the basin, shaded bridleways, and footpaths providing shelter from the sun (or rain), After the initial climb onto the side of the valley (easily the toughest ascent of the day), we’ll head north along the edge of a series of copses (pausing for lunch at a suitable spot), before descending a chalky ridge into Upton for a well-earned pub stop. Suitably refreshed, a leisurely climb leads back onto the valley wall where we gently drift down to the finish (and another pub, for the thirsty).
Parking is available (currently free), at the Recreation Ground car park, 350m SE of the A343, opposite St Peter’s Church. Please share cars where possible. Unfortunately this walk does not have any public transport options. Given notice, I can offer up to three people a lift from Newbury station – please get in touch if you’d like a lift.
Please ensure you bring sufficient food and water for the conditions on the day.
Sat Nav: SP11 0AY (Nearest Postcode) or 51.2733 -1.4492
Grid Ref: SU385528