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|Beenham and Douai Abbey|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 01 Aug 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 3 mile circular walk from the West Berkshire village of Beenham. The route follows pretty stretches of woodland and arable fields to reach the nearby village of Upper Woolhampton where you’ll have chance to admire the buildings of Douai Abbey, a Benedictine monastery. The walk returns through arable fields, grazing pastures and mixed woodlands where you’ll enjoy a host of wildlife and wild flowers. |
The walk has a few gentle inclines and the woodland paths and pastures can be very muddy at certain times of the year so waterproof boots are recommended. There is one section of road walking so take care of traffic at this point and two of the fields are likely to be holding cattle so take care with dogs. There are three stiles to negotiate and all of these have open wooden fence surrounds so should be straightforward for most dogs. Allow 1 to 1.5 hours.
The village of Beenham is located about 7 miles east of Newbury in West Berkshire. It can be accessed from Junction 12 of the M4 along the A4. The walk starts from outside the Six Bells pub on The Green (the western end of Back Lane within the village). If you will be using the pub before or after your walk then there is a gravel car park opposite it, otherwise park on the village streets with consideration for local residents. Approximate post code RG7 5NX.
|Start to Abbey Gardens Entrance|
Start point: 51.4164 lat, -1.1615 long
Standing on the road facing the Six Bells pub, turn right along the village road (The Green). After just a few yards turn right into Clay Lane and follow this as it bends left. At the small junction keep straight ahead onto the dead end branch signed as a Byway unsuitable for motor vehicles. Immediately after Clay House on the right, turn right onto the enclosed footpath with Clay House to the right and fenced fields to the left.
|Abbey Gardens Entrance to Copyhold Farm|
Start point: 51.408 lat, -1.1709 long
Turn right and then at the road junction turn right again signed to Chapel Row, Bucklebury and Douai Abbey, passing a pretty thatched terrace on the left and the ornate red brick buildings of the large Douai Abbey site on the right.
|Copyhold Farm to End|
Start point: 51.4161 lat, -1.1758 long
Turn left along the track passing the main white farmhouse on the right. A few yards later, where the main track bends left, keep ahead over a stile into a grass pasture. (Note: this field is likely to be holding cattle – it held a single bull when we passed through but he seemed fairly placid).
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2013 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
A wet muddy walk, wait till the bluebells come out for the next trip there, and a dry day 😬
|By Blackdown247 on 2015-04-03 23:54:30|
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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|Image by: clairesharpu |
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
This is the large church in the grounds of the Abbey. The front is modern but the back looks like part of the original abbey
|Image by: clairesharpu |
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
This taken towards the end of the walk heading across fieds towards Beenham
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