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|Theale and Sulham|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 07 Jul 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 5 mile circular walk from the village of Theale, near Reading in Berkshire. Beginning in Theale’s High Street, the walk soon leaves behind the residential streets to pass the golf course and another hamlet before crossing farmland to reach the nearby village of Sulham. The return leg follows an ancient lane (now a bridleway) passing through the historic Sulham Estate. |
The route is relatively flat with just a few gentle gradients. Whilst most of the route follows tarmac and stone paths, about one third of it follows woodland and field paths that can get quite muddy after periods of rain. There are a few gates plus three stiles (two will be easy for dogs with large gaps alongside, but one has a tight wooden fence surround that larger dogs may find more difficult to squeeze through). One of the fields may be holding livestock. Approximate time 2 hours.
Theale is accessed from Junction 12 of the M4. The walk starts from the long-stay pay and display car park at the east end of the High Street. Parking is free on a Sunday and 90p for ‘2 or more hours’ on other days (correct July 2013). Approximate post code RG7 5AL.
|Start to North Street|
Start point: 51.4385 lat, -1.0729 long
Leave the car park to the road and turn right along Theale High Street. Continue passing an array of shops and the Bull and Falcon public houses. At the mini-roundabout keep straight ahead. Opposite the Red Lion on the left, turn right into Englefield Road. On the right you’ll pass the modern St Luke’s Catholic Church. Immediately afterwards turn right down The Courtyard, a signed public footpath.
|North Street to First M4 Crossing|
Start point: 51.4448 lat, -1.0836 long
Turn right onto North Street and, a few paces in, keep left at the fork. Follow the street between the pretty array of cottages including the timber-framed, thatched Bryar Cottage. Continue beyond the properties and where the road bends hard left, keep straight ahead onto a ‘no through road’. Where you reach a junction of paths with a gate ahead, follow the main track round to the right.
|First M4 Crossing to Sulham Hill|
Start point: 51.4519 lat, -1.079 long
Cross the footbridge and follow the path ahead as it passes through a pretty mixed woodland. Cross the wooden footbridge and keep ahead on the wide grassy ride. You will reach a crossroads of paths at the corner of a crop field – turn left here.
|Sulham Hill to Nunhide Farm|
Start point: 51.4637 lat, -1.0754 long
Turn right along Sulham Hill. Keep ahead passing Sulham Lane to the left beginning to climb steadily. With a pretty white thatched cottage ahead (The Lodge), turn right down Nunhide Lane, passing St Nicholas’ Church to the left.
|Nunhide Farm to End|
Start point: 51.4496 lat, -1.0713 long
Pass through the gap alongside the gate and keep ahead on the main track. You will hear the M4 getting louder as the track draws closer to it. Eventually you’ll emerge out to a T-junction with the road. Turn right, heading for the warehouse (Dunelm Mill) and before you reach it, turn sharp right to cross the M4 via another footbridge.
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Too over grown to follow the path about half way between points 2 & 3. So missed of a good chunk of Sulham. Followed the path through a gamers field which was a public paths anyway, continued the rest of the route.
|By moochthepooc on 2015-06-20 16:34:03|
Easy to follow and an easy and pleasant 2 hour walk. The only downside was the M4 traffic noise, but that was only in parts.
|By stuartbarry on 2016-11-03 11:56:49|
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