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|Thatcham and Greenham Common|
|Author: Claire, Published: 06 May 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 6 mile circular waterside walk in West Berkshire. The walk starts from the Nature Discovery Centre in Thatcham, heading past the main wildfowl lake before joining the towpath of the Kennet and Avon Canal. After following a stretch of the canal, the route turns south along a country lane to reach Greenham Common and then re-crosses the canal back to the Discovery Centre. |
The walk has a couple of steady hills but is mostly level and follows well made paths in the main. The underpass beneath the railway can flood with a few inches of water (ankle height) after heavy rain. There is one (open and low) stile plus a few gates. Cattle are used to graze the common at certain times of the year so take care with dogs. The Discovery Centre at the start of the walk has public toilets and a cafe. Approximate time 2 to 2.5 hours.
The walk starts from the Nature Discovery Centre in Thatcham, West Berkshire. The centre is accessed off Lower Way (about opposite Heron Way) and is marked with a brown tourism sign. Car parking is free. Approximate post code RG19 3FU. If you are coming by train you can alight at Thatcham Station and adjust the walk to start at waypoint 2 (which is walking distance from the station).
|Start to Kennet and Avon Canal|
Start point: 51.4 lat, -1.2741 long
From the car park make your way to the Discovery Centre building. Stand facing the building with the car park behind you. Turn right and follow the path alongside the lake (with the lake on the left).
|Kennet and Avon Canal to Swing Bridge|
Start point: 51.3935 lat, -1.2722 long
Turn left along the towpath with the canal running to the right. A few paces in you will pass a lock. Follow the towpath for some distance.
|Swing Bridge to Greenham Common|
Start point: 51.3923 lat, -1.2523 long
Turn right over the swing bridge and keep ahead on the gravel track between hedges. Follow the gravel bridleway for some distance straight ahead. Towards its end you will pass between old brick built cottages. Keep ahead over the concrete bridge across the river.
|Greenham Common to Burys Bank Road|
Start point: 51.3825 lat, -1.2588 long
Turn immediately right onto the stone path through the edge of the common. Follow this main path for some distance, enjoying the views across to the left.
|Burys Bank Road to Bull's Lock|
Start point: 51.3856 lat, -1.2808 long
Cross over the road (take particular care listening for traffic as you are on a sharp bend) and go straight ahead on the gravel track opposite, signed as a public footpath. Soon you will be following the stone driveway steadily downhill, passing a nature reserve car park on the right. In spring the woodland here has a beautiful blanket of bluebells.
|Bull's Lock to End|
Start point: 51.3972 lat, -1.2852 long
Pass by the lock and you will have the canal on the right and the River Kennet on the left. Cross the wooden footbridge ahead across the river and then immediately turn sharp left onto the path alongside the river. Keep right at the fork and follow the path as it passes between reed beds.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2013 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
Thanks Claire - I did this with my dog yesterday to escape from my wife's tinnitus inducing Aunt during a visit to Thatcham....... The descriptions are all spot on and made the route really easy to follow without the benefit of map, compass etc. The Grid References are also on the money. All in all an easy walk in pleasant surroundings that allow you escape much of the traffic noise prevalent in the area - the areas around the locks had seats so I spent a while at each chatting to the passing boat traffic; managing to eke out my period of AWOL from the Aunt's to almost 4 hours. Thanks again.
|By andy612 on 14 Aug 2013|
Hey Claire, I did this with my partner yesterday, it was very enjoyable, thanks! I have always wanted to walk up on Greenham Common to see what it is like and now I'd like to go back and do some more walking up there.The directions were spot on and it was interesting to read the little bits of information you provided about the Common.
|By emjayar84 on 16 Jun 2014|
Great walk and very easy to follow. Good variety of things to see.
|By mikeadams on 28 May 2015|
We really enjoyed this walk, the only bit that really put us off was the sharp bend it was very dangerous!!
|By pob75 on 02 Nov 2015|
Enjoyable walk with a fair bit of variety, My Gps app came up with a mileage closer to 8 than 6. The under railway bridge near the racecourse was flooded above boot height on 13/5/16 acouple of days post heavy storms and caused consternation from wife! I sail and am used to wet feet. I think it likely this could be the case quite regularly so a set of dry footwear to change into post walk might be a sensible precaution if doing it during a wet period.( It is only a few yards though and it may be possible to piggy bag any reluctant walker through!
|By BobAshby on 13 May 2016|
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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Uploaded: 13 Mar 2015
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