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Brimpton and the River Enborne

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Brimpton and the River Enborne
Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 28 Jul 2014 Walk rating : Rating:star1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Berkshire, Brimpton
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Brimpton and the River Enborne
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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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.

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Walk Sections

Start to River Enborne
Start to River Enborne

Start point: 51.3787 lat, -1.2002 long
End point: 51.3716 lat, -1.1981 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.

It is believed a church has stood here since Norman times. The building of the current church began in 1868 and was completed the following year. It was designed by architect John Johnson (best known for his work on Alexandra Palace in London) in the 14th century ‘Decorated Style’. Externally the walls are built from knapped flint, although internally the walls are of Bath sandstone. The spire rises more than 40 metres above the ground and is visible from 4 miles around.

Follow the path as it swings right along the bottom of the churchyard and it will lead you out to the corner of a large crop field. Turn left along the grass track which follows the left-hand edge of this field, with beautiful views over the valley ahead. The grass track will lead you steadily downhill and through a gate at the bottom to reach a stone area alongside a road.

Turn sharp right here, (NOT along the road), passing alongside the metal gate to join another grass track signed as a footpath. Follow this obvious track with a hedgerow running first on the right and then on the left. You will pass a small section of woodland within the crop field, Arundell’s Copse, over to the right.

Just beyond this copse and BEFORE the end of this section of crop field, look out for a narrow path through the hedgerow on the left. Turn left onto this and follow the slope downhill. You will soon reach a footbridge on the right (the way this walk continues). It is worth detouring a few yards ahead where you’ll reach a pretty gravel beach area alongside the River Enborne – perfect for a paddle.

River Enborne to Hyde End Lane
River Enborne to Hyde End Lane

Start point: 51.3716 lat, -1.1981 long
End point: 51.367 lat, -1.2065 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.

As you emerge from the plantation, join the grass track which swings right and then left into a riverside meadow. The track leads you under a tunnel of branches of oak and beech trees. Keep ahead through the opening into the next meadow. Follow the left-hand edge of this meadow with the river once again immediately on the left.

The River Enborne is everything you want a river to be. It’s a narrow twisting river with slow deep sections, fast gravel shallows and undercut banks with lots of over-hanging trees and bushes. In spring and summer the banks are a riot of colour with wild garlic, bluebells, marsh marigolds, red campion and forget-me-nots. From this point, the river forms the border between Hampshire and Berkshire. The river’s main claim to fame is that it features in Richard Adam’s novel, Watership Down. Blackberry and his rabbit companions escape from a dog by floating across the river on a wooden board.

Follow the field edge as it swings steadily right and you will see a large footbridge on the left. Do NOT cross this, instead keep ahead along the left-hand edge of the meadow. Beyond the meadow the track leads you through another belt of trees with a magnificent modernised cottage and pond visible on the right. Follow the winding grass track alongside the river and eventually a stile ahead leads you out to the corner of a stone bridleway, Hyde End Lane.

Hyde End Lane to End
Hyde End Lane to End

Start point: 51.367 lat, -1.2065 long
End point: 51.379 lat, -1.2 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.

Just a few yards later, after passing the entrance drive for Oak Cottage on the right, you will see a public footpath waymarker, marking a choice of two footpaths off to the right. Take the left-hand of these two paths, passing Apple Tree Cottage on the left. Pass through the single wooden gate and keep ahead between fenced horse paddocks. The views across the valley open up here on the right. Pass through the next gate, follow the narrow stone path between hedgerows and you will emerge into a large crop field.

Keep ahead along the right-hand edge of the field. As the fence on the right ends, keep straight ahead on the grass track between crop fields, which runs alongside the small set of power lines. The church spire in Brimpton will now be visible, providing welcome reassurance that you are on the homeward leg. At the top of the field, swing right, following the line of the hedge on the left. The track will lead you directly back to the church where the walk began.

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2 responses to "Brimpton and the River Enborne"

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

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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