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|Pangbourne and River Thames|
|Author: Richard, Published: 29 Oct 2011||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 3.5 mile circular walk starting from the Berkshire village of Pangbourne and taking in the local meadows and countryside. There’s plenty of water to enjoy with sections of the walk following the River Pang and a further section following the Thames Path. Pangbourne is a beautiful village and popular tourist destination and has historical links to DH Lawrence and Kenneth Grahame. |
The walk is almost entirely flat and follows a mixture of field and riverside paths (which may be muddy after wet weather) plus a short section of road walking along a country lane. There is just one stile (which is nice and open with space for dogs to pass through) plus a number of gates including a few kissing gates. There are public toilets available in the car park at the start. Approximate time 1.5 to 2 hours.
The walk starts from the centre of the village of Pangbourne in Berkshire. You can start the walk from the railway station, or if you’re driving, parking is available in the Station Road pay and display car park which is opposite the large Bentley Garage. Parking is free on Sundays and Bank Holidays. Approximate post code RG8 7AN.
|Station Road Car Park to Church Cottage|
Start point: 51.4845 lat, -1.0885 long
Leave the car park back onto the main road. Turn right along the pavement and go straight ahead past the mini-roundabout. Immediately after the church on the right, turn right and you will come to Church Cottage adjoining the church grounds.
|Church Cottage to River Pang|
Start point: 51.4828 lat, -1.0885 long
Retrace your steps back to the main road, cross over and turn left past the Cross Keys public house. At the mini-roundabout turn right and cross over the River Pang. Turn right at the junction past a number of shops and then turn right down The Moors, a tarmac lane immediately after the branch of WH Smiths.
|River Pang to Sulham Lane|
Start point: 51.4773 lat, -1.0839 long
At this point take a sharp left, slightly back on yourself, and cross the meadow to a kissing gate at the far side. Pass through the gate and then keep left following the hedgerow on your left. The hedgerow gives way to allotments. At the end of the allotments you will come to a waymarker marking a crossroads of footpaths. Turn right here, across the meadow and over a small wooden footbridge.
|Sulham Lane to Railway|
Start point: 51.4767 lat, -1.0775 long
Turn left along the lane (there are no pavements but the lane is quiet) and follow it until you reach a T-junction with the A329. Cross over the road with care, turn right over the stream and then turn immediately left onto a footpath running alongside the stream.
|Railway to River Thames|
Start point: 51.4845 lat, -1.0732 long
Immediately after passing under the railway, veer to the right and pass through a kissing gate into a paddock (which may have sheep grazing and an electric fence so take care with dogs).
|River Thames to Pangbourne|
Start point: 51.4896 lat, -1.0714 long
Follow this section of the Thames Path with the river running to the right. The Thames Path is a National Trail of 184 miles which follows the length of the River Thames from its source in Gloucestershire to the Thames Barrier at Charlton. The entire length of the path can be walked and some parts are also open to cyclists.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2011 by the author Richard and may not be reproduced without permission.
Directions were very clear. A great little walk to do before lunch - we did it in about an hour and 10 mins, so quicker than the description suggests.
|By soupdragon on 2015-05-17 19:30:41|
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