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|Kintbury Canal and Meadows|
|Author: Claire, Published: 23 Jun 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 4.5 mile circular walk from the Berkshire village of Kintbury, one of the most sought after places to live in England. The walk follows a short section of the Kennet and Avon Canal then heads south through beautiful local pastures and meadows before looping back into the village passing the church and village centre. |
The walk includes just a few gentle gradients and some of the paths can get quite muddy at certain times of the year. There are several kissing gates and a total of 9 stiles – whilst most of these have open fencing surrounds or purpose built adjacent dog gates, a couple may prove a bit trickier for dogs so they may need a lift over. There are public toilets in the car park at the start. Approximate time 1.5 to 2 hours.
Kintbury is accessed from the A4 between Newbury and Hungerford. The walk starts from the small free car park just opposite Kintbury Rail Station. Head south from the A4 on the road signed for Kintbury, cross the level crossing and then turn immediately right alongside the toilets to reach the car park (if you go past the pub on the left you’ve missed the turn). Approximate post code RG17 9UT.
|Start to Bridge 78|
Start point: 51.4024 lat, -1.4471 long
Leave the car park via the short path to reach the Kennet and Avon canal towpath. Turn right along the canal towpath with the canal on the left. Keep straight ahead passing under the brick arched bridge (marked 76). Keep ahead across a concrete footbridge over a small inlet on the right.
|Bridge 78 to St Cassian's|
Start point: 51.4026 lat, -1.459 long
Leave the canal towpath via the grass slope and turn left across the brick bridge. Follow the track ahead to reach a T-junction with the road. Turn left, passing Inglewood Cottage on the right. Immediately afterwards, turn sharp right down the side road towards Inkpen.
|St Cassian's to Cattle Grid|
Start point: 51.3917 lat, -1.4685 long
St Cassian’s is a Catholic youth retreat centre that was founded in 1975. The original manor house, Wallingtons, dates from the early 13th century and the present manor house was built in the late 16th century.
|Cattle Grid to High Street|
Start point: 51.3854 lat, -1.4571 long
Cross the stile alongside the cattle grid and then turn immediately left onto another branch of the tarmac lane. Ignore the two footpaths signed off to the right – just continue until you reach a 90 degree bend to the left with the gates to a property ahead. Turn right here through the squeeze gap into the field. After just a few paces turn left to follow the hedge line on the left.
|High Street to End|
Start point: 51.3995 lat, -1.4536 long
Cross over and turn right. Kintbury sits within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has excellent rail and road links, making it one of the most sought after villages to live in England. It has several famous residents including the author Robert Harris and the designer and retailer Terence Conran.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2013 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
First iFootpath walk we have done. Very impressed with the detailed information about each stage. Beautiful photos and much attention to detail. Lovely varied walk which included canal with noisy ducks and plently of boats, fields, copses (perfect picnic spot) and interesting buildings. Friendly locals too, who stopped for a chat and gave useful local information and observations.
|By Lizanne on 07 Oct 2014|
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|By PaulWalker on 17 Jun 2016|
We completed this walk in bright winter sunshine. When we started sections of the canal were frozen. Being so cold worked I our favour as some of the paths looked muddy but it was hard under foot. The first section of the walk is muddy due to work being done on the railway track. Directions were spot on from free parking to the waypoints. We will do this walk again in the spring as we suspect some of the small woods will be in full bloom with Bluebells. A good walk with a couple of Geocaches on route. Also there is pub next to the car park which had a nice log fire going. Gardens look good next to the canal for the summer.
|By Daijack on 23 Jan 2017|
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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