Travelers, Herdsmen and Ramblers!, 13 miles, moderate

June 27, 2021 @ 10:30 am
Bury Down Car Park
Dan H
07761 192509
  • This walk is limited to 19 walkers + the walk leader.
  • Booking will open for this walk on the NIGHT OF WEDNESDAY 23rd JUNE.
  • 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.

Today we will be tackling a small chunk of the Ridgeway, a route that has been used on many occasions since the prehistoric times. We will meet at the large Bury Down car park, just off the A34 @10.15 (nearest postcode, OX11 0TD). Be warned if you are one of these folk who rely on sat nav, the post code could send you on a wild goose chase so do check location carefully before setting off if you are unfamiliar.

We head off in a easterly direction along the Ridgeway only pausing for short stop at Scutchamer Knob, an early Iron Age round barrow apparently. We absorb the lovely rolling West Berkshire countryside around Farnborough and Catmore, the view are quite expansive at times and then after tackling a short hill we drop down into East Ilsley.

Due to pandemic no pub stop unfortunately. This rural, pretty hike concludes back on the Ridgeway to our starting point. Much of the route is on soft well made terrain but some mud can’t be ruled out if we have poor weather.

The distance is fairly long, although fairly easy, so weather permitting we intend to have two sit down stops. You may wish to interpret this as two lunch stops although the walk leader intends to pack something a little alcoholic for the second stop which will be approx a little over a mile from end of walk. Please ensure you bring a packed lunch, plenty of water to last the entire walk and be suitably prepared for the weather conditions.

The entire walk is set in a very rural landscape. This means there is no public transport unfortunately. However it also means that we do not usually bump into too many people when out and about and the footpaths mean we social distancing can be maintained quite well.

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 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.