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|Aldermaston Wharf and Padworth|
|Author: Claire, Published: 06 Sep 2015||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Berkshire, West Berkshire|
|A 3 mile circular walk from Aldermaston Wharf in West Berkshire. The walk starts at the visitor centre on the Kennet and Avon Canal before joining rural tracks and paths across several waterways and fields to reach the adjacent village of Padworth with a beautiful church, imposing mansion house and old parkland. The return leg follows a pretty stretch of the River Kennet. |
The walk is relatively flat with just a couple of very gentle slopes. The paths follow unmade tracks and grass paths across fields, parkland and alongside the river, all of which can be very muddy after rain and in the winter months. You will need to negotiate several gates, narrow footbridges and one stile (which is very low and also has open fence surrounds to allow dogs to pass through). You will be sharing a couple of the fields with horses and one field occasionally holds cattle, so take particular care with dogs. Allow 1.5 hours.
Aldermaston Wharf is located just off the A340, close to its junction with the A4 Bath Road. The walk starts and finishes from the Canal Visitor Centre pay and display car park, which is marked with brown tourism signs from the A4. The car park fee is £1 for 2 hours (correct Sept 2015) and the fee is payable at the adjacent tea room when this is open (Wed-Sun) and via the honesty box at other times. Approximate post code RG7 4JS.
|Start to River Kennet|
Start point: 51.4005 lat, -1.1348 long
Leave the rear of the car park to reach the towpath and turn right along this (with the canal on the left and passing the Visitor Centre and Tea Room on your right).
|River Kennet to Stable Block|
Start point: 51.3955 lat, -1.1302 long
Cross the bridges (taking particular care with children and dogs). The second bridge leads you over a weir and after this you will cross the salmon ladder, a narrow channel that bypasses the weir and allows salmon to travel upstream to their spawning grounds. Cross the third bridge over a sluice gate, continue along the narrow path and soon you are forced to swing left over the final concrete bridge.
|Stable Block to Parkland|
Start point: 51.3909 lat, -1.1214 long
Immediately before the stable block, turn left onto the tarmac driveway and follow this as it swings right. Where the driveway bends right again, turn left onto the stone and grass track. The track leads you past the beautiful St John the Baptist Church (c.1130) on your left and on to reach the war memorial, also on your left.
|Parkland to Riverside Path|
Start point: 51.3929 lat, -1.1188 long
Walk ahead (at about 1 o’clock) for a few yards and then swing right to walk down the centre of an avenue of oak trees. NOTE: Take care on this stretch as the ground is fairly rutted beneath the grass. This avenue would once have formed an entrance drive for the manor house and if you glance behind, you will see the view of the mansion that would have greeted visitors.
|Riverside Path to End|
Start point: 51.3994 lat, -1.1228 long
Go down the concrete steps, cross the low stile and walk ahead on the grass path with the River Kennet running across to the left. Across to the right you will see a series of lakes that are the remnants of gravel quarries, now reclaimed by nature. The whole of this area has high moisture content in the soil and you will notice that most of the trees are willows.
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Most enjoyable, dog friendly, wellies recommended after wet weather. Five stars!
|By Huelin on 15 Nov 2015|
Nice walk, with a great series of bridges through the weir, and nice views over the fields to Padworth House. For those of us who prefer to walk barefoot there is a range of surfaces from gravel to grass, and just in the corner of the field before the house there's a small stream that's great for a paddle. Some of the path along the Kennet is overgrown at the moment (June) and nettles are springing up so watch out if you have bare legs (and feet!). However the rest is relatively easy and pleasant but guess it could get muddy in wetter conditions.
|By richarg on 06 Jun 2016|
Nice walk and very clear, concise instructions. Was pretty wet in places but were expecting that given recent weather.
|By david3cole on 07 Jan 2017|
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: Richard |
Uploaded: 06 Sep 2015
Time for a snap on the riverbank on the leg home.
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 07 Sep 2015
The canal centre and team room - a lovely place to stop before or after your walk.
|Image by: Huelin |
Uploaded: 15 Nov 2015
|Image by: emmafitz |
Uploaded: 17 Mar 2016
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