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|Brimpton and the River Enborne|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 28 Jul 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 3 mile circular walk from the small village of Brimpton in Berkshire. The walking route takes in lovely peaceful stretches of open crop fields with lovely views across the valley and also follows a meandering section of the idyllic River Enborne. |
The walk has just a few gentle slopes and the paths are all a good width, with even the field-edge paths having dedicated grass tracks. There is one stile to negotiate (with a very large gap alongside for dogs) and a few single gates. The paths (particularly alongside the river) can get very muddy after periods of rain and in winter. Approximate time 1 to 1.5 hours.
Brimpton is located about one mile south of the A4 Bath Road, between Woolhampton and Thatcham. The walk starts and finishes from the village church, St Peter’s, which has a very tall spire and so is easy to find. There is a small gravel parking area by the church (take the gravel lane, Church Lane, alongside the war memorial to reach this). If there is a church service in progress please park elsewhere in the village. There is roadside parking on some of the residential side roads, such as Enborne Way and Banister Place. Turn right out of Church Lane, follow the road round to the right and Enborne Way is a road off to the left. Approximate post code for church RG7 4TJ.
|Start to River Enborne|
Start point: 51.3787 lat, -1.2002 long
Standing in the gravel area alongside the church (with Elmet Cottage on the left and St Peter’s Church on the right), walk directly ahead to join the signed public footpath between fences.
|River Enborne to Hyde End Lane|
Start point: 51.3716 lat, -1.1981 long
When you have finished enjoying the river, return a few paces and cross the wooden footbridge to reach another crop field. Follow the grass track along the left-hand edge of the field, with the River Enborne running through the trees on the left. Where the track subtly forks, keep left (closest to the river) and join the narrower stone path into a section of trees. Follow the path through this pretty plantation of willows, taking care as the tree roots make the path very uneven.
|Hyde End Lane to End|
Start point: 51.367 lat, -1.2065 long
Keep straight ahead along the stone bridleway and this will lead you past the pretty white Hyde End Farmhouse, the very imposing red brick Hyde End House and finally the equally impressive Hyde End Lodge.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2014 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
very pleasant stroll with great descriptions. nice mix of river, views, local properties and decent views. 3 horseshoes pub is around the corner from the church start point.
|By steverussell on 2016-01-17 16:31:38|
I took this walk last summer in fact and it was one of those nice short walks that's great to do in the evening. I can recommend taking the walk in bare feet - no, you don't need walking shoes - as all of it was across grass with just a short part on a small road. There looked like some nice diversions that could extend the walk, and there was a small part of the path that passed the river, which was great for a paddle.
|By richarg on 2016-06-06 22:22:48|
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