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Moor Copse Nature Reserve

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Moor Copse Nature Reserve
Author: Richard, Published: 31 Dec 2011 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 UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Berkshire, Pangourne
Walk Type: Woodland
Moor Copse Nature Reserve
Length: 2 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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The reserve is open all year round, and is renowned for woodland flowers, birds, butterflies and moths. It is well served by footpaths and rides that connect all the copses and fields. Spring and summer are probably the best times of the year to visit. Please keep dogs on short leads as there can be grazing stock about, quite apart from disturbing the wildlife.

This walk follows the 1.5 mile Wildlife Walk trail and is clearly signed with white round waymarks.

This Berkshire reserve forms part of the Sulham and Tidmarsh Woods and Meadows Site of Special Scientific Interest. Fringing the beautiful River Pang, Moor Copse nature reserve appeals to walkers and natural historians alike. The ancient woodland is a place of character, variety and great beauty, with its 70 acres comprising of three woodland copses, a small meadow and a healthy chalk stream. The site is owned and managed by Berkshire, Buckingham and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust and at the end of 2006 was extended by another 72 acres of meadows, hedgerows and copses.

The walk follows mud footpaths many of which will be very muddy after wet weather. The walk is flat and there are no stiles but a number of easy to use gates. Approximate time 1 hour. Whilst it is a short walk you may wish to take an extra hour to appreciate fully the wildlife and wooded areas along the way.

Access to the reserve is just south of Tidmarsh on the A340, before you cross the M4 if you are driving south from Pangbourne. There is a small free car park and the nearest postcode is RG8 8FD.

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Walk Sections

Alongside the River Pang to the river bridge
Alongside the River Pang to the river bridge

Start point: 51.4599 lat, -1.0896 long
End point: 51.4627 lat, -1.087 long

On leaving the car park look for the raised path way to the left that runs out through the trees towards and then alongside the River Pang. Follow the path along the riverside as it bends slowly to right then left. The walk meanders clockwise through woodland copses that are full of bluebells in the spring.


Keep walking past the old derelict bridge until you get to a wide bridge over the river. Cross here to continue the walk.

Through the copses and fields
Through the copses and fields

Start point: 51.4627 lat, -1.087 long
End point: 51.4595 lat, -1.0893 long

After crossing the bridge go straight ahead through a large wooden gate into another copse them after a short distance turn right to follow the white round waymarks for "Wildlife Walk". Look out for the notice boards that provide information on the wildlife and how the woodland is managed.

Continue to follow the waymarks and you will pass through several fields where there may be grazing cattle.

Eventually you will join a disused road and old brick road bridge. Turn right to cross back over the River Pang here and you will soon reach the car park.

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4 responses to "Moor Copse Nature Reserve"

please could you check the postcode ref, as TN31 6RG is near Dungeness! Thanks

By on 2012-01-02 18:23:05

Thanks for pointing this out. We have corrected the postcode now.

By on 2012-01-02 20:08:22

Is the car park easy to find ?

By wotsit2010 on 2015-08-04 18:59:44

The written instruction for the car park correct. Another tip is to open the walk map on the App whilst looking for the car park - You will see your live location relative to the Go point which is at the car park.

By admin on 2015-08-04 20:47:17

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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