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|Twyford and Loddon Nature Reserve|
|Author: Claire, Published: 21 Feb 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 4.5 mile circular walk starting from Twyford in East Berkshire. The walk takes in some of the residential streets of the village before following the River Loddon through a beautiful nature reserve of lakes (former gravel pits) and then returning to Twyford across fields. |
The route is relatively flat and the surfaces are a mixture of pavement, riverside, lakeside and field paths, many of which will be very muddy in winter and/or after wet weather so suitable footwear is advisable. There are several kissing gates and two stiles (both of which have gaps alongside or underneath suitable for most dogs). You will be sharing some of the fields with horses so take care with dogs. Approximate time 2 hours.
The walk starts from the centre of the village of Twyford in East Berkshire. Parking is a little restricted but roadside parking is usually available along Ruscombe Road/Lane (B3024). Twyford railway station is just a ten minute walk from the start of the walk. Approximate post code RG10 9JN.
|Ruscombe Road to Silk Lane|
Start point: 51.4801 lat, -0.8615 long
From Ruscombe Road, head towards the centre of Twyford, keeping left onto London Road.
|Silk Lane to Railway Arches|
Start point: 51.4779 lat, -0.8703 long
Turn left here along the gravel footpath, up a few steps and then cross Weavers Way. Pass through the gap in the brick wall opposite and down some steps to cross a concrete footbridge and follow the path left beside water.
|Railway Arches to T junction|
Start point: 51.4733 lat, -0.8709 long
Follow the footpath under the railway arches and continue ahead. A path will merge in from the right, continue to follow the path ahead with a lake on your right. On the left you will pass several horse paddocks (when we were there one of the paddocks contained beautiful white Shetland ponies, often known as Cinderella ponies due to their use in pantomimes and the theatre).
|T junction to Bridleway|
Start point: 51.4661 lat, -0.8721 long
Turn left onto the road and then after a few paces fork off to the right up onto a narrow footpath running on the embankment alongside the road. After some distance the footpath merges again with the road, cross the road here and follow the bridleway opposite that runs with the road now on your right.
|Bridleway to Field|
Start point: 51.4638 lat, -0.8657 long
Turn left onto the bridleway and follow it as it runs alongside horse paddocks. When the bridleway bends to the left, keep right on the footpath going straight ahead. Cross over a main road (A321) and go ahead onto a byway covered with an arch of trees (ignoring the footpath over the stile to the right).
|Field to Stile|
Start point: 51.4641 lat, -0.8535 long
Turn left here and go ahead across the crop field. Cross over a small concrete footbridge with care and then turn left to follow the path winding alongside the stream.
|Stile to Ruscombe Church|
Start point: 51.4703 lat, -0.8505 long
Cross over the stile onto a road. Turn left, cross the brick bridge and then cross over the road onto the pavement on the opposite side, with the road now on your left. Continue for about 50 yards and you will come to a gap in the hedge with a metal kissing gate on the right (keep your eyes peeled for this as it is set back from the road).
|Ruscombe Church to Ruscombe Road|
Start point: 51.4795 lat, -0.8518 long
Ruscombe Church, St James’, dates back to the 12th century.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2012 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
We did the 4mile walk round Twyford today. It was great, a bit muddy in places but not enough to put me off doing it again (and the dog loved it!). There were some really pretty spots and we even got to make a fuss of the ponies but I think they were more interested in our food!
|By Izzypenn on 01 Apr 2013|
Did the walk today on the Bank Holiday Sunday. Good walk but would suggest one parks at Ruscombe Church if the village is busy.
|By Coppindm on 25 Aug 2013|
Really enjoye this walk was beautiful in a small scale way was very muddy so need the boots et al but was lovely and wildlife abundant.
|By fazzer on 27 Nov 2013|
Did this a a part of our Sports and Social club at WR. Found a couple of Geocaches along the way too. Glad the rain has subsided. The ground was hard and dry, but I imagine in the recent flooding, parts of it were un-passable.
|By franny on 12 Apr 2014|
To whomever published this walk, thank you we did the walk today and thoroughly enjoyed it, execellent descriptions and photos just at the right moments (often books miss using photos at key junctions etc)....loved the variety of scenery and seeing the Cinderella ponies was the icing on the cake. Thank you!
|By tjd19 on 25 Oct 2014|
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: Claire |
Uploaded: 21 Feb 2012
|Image by: Claire |
Uploaded: 25 May 2015
The left turn through the hedge you need to take at the end of section 'Bridleway to Field'
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