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Twyford and Loddon Nature Reserve

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Twyford and Loddon Nature Reserve
Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 21 Feb 2012 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, Twyford
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Twyford and Loddon Nature Reserve
Length: 5 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 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.

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Walk Sections

Ruscombe Road to Silk Lane
Ruscombe Road to Silk Lane

Start point: 51.4801 lat, -0.8615 long
End point: 51.4779 lat, -0.8703 long

From Ruscombe Road, head towards the centre of Twyford, keeping left onto London Road.

Twyford is a village with a population of approximately 7,000 and its name comes from the Anglo Saxon term meaning double ford.

Go straight over the cross roads at the centre of the village and continue along the High Street. Cross over the railway bridge and soon after you will reach Silk Lane on the left, with a waymark for a footpath.

Silk Lane to Railway Arches
Silk Lane to Railway Arches

Start point: 51.4779 lat, -0.8703 long
End point: 51.4733 lat, -0.8709 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.

Follow the path as it bends to the right across a footbridge over a weir on the river and then turn immediately left and follow the footpath keeping the river immediately on your left.

You will now get your first view of Loddon Nature Reserve to the right, a set of lakes formed from old gravel pits, part of which is now a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to rare populations of bulbs and pond weed.

Soon the first set of railway arches across the river comes into view ahead. Just before you reach them, follow the path as it bends to the right away from the river. After a few paces you’ll reach a T-junction, turn left and follow the path with the railway embankment to your left and a lake to the right. At the next waymarked footpath sign you will see more railway arches to your left. Turn left here.

Railway Arches to T junction
Railway Arches to T junction

Start point: 51.4733 lat, -0.8709 long
End point: 51.4661 lat, -0.8721 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).

After passing a lake on the left you will come to a T-junction with a tarmac road and another lake directly ahead.

T junction to Bridleway
T junction to Bridleway

Start point: 51.4661 lat, -0.8721 long
End point: 51.4638 lat, -0.8657 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.

The bridleway merges with the road by Whistley Bridge Lodge, a timber clad house. Keep left to follow the road over the river bridge, and then follow the road round to the left. At this point look out for a sign marking a bridleway to the left.

Bridleway to Field
Bridleway to Field

Start point: 51.4638 lat, -0.8657 long
End point: 51.4641 lat, -0.8535 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).

Follow the byway for some distance between fields, ignoring footpaths to the right, and then as a house comes into view ahead (NOTE: this house will be obscured from view with the spring/summer foliage) look out for a footpath signed to the left into a field through a gap in the hedge (see picture in gallery).

Field to Stile
Field to Stile

Start point: 51.4641 lat, -0.8535 long
End point: 51.4703 lat, -0.8505 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.

Cross over a second footbridge and then go over a stile a few paces later. Turn right immediately after the stile and follow the footpath into the field (which may be holding horses). Keep to the right hand boundary of the field (passing under telegraph cables) heading for houses visible through the trees and pass through an open gateway into a second field. Follow the path across the centre of this field to reach a stile on the far side.

Stile to Ruscombe Church
Stile to Ruscombe Church

Start point: 51.4703 lat, -0.8505 long
End point: 51.4795 lat, -0.8518 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).

Go right through this kissing gate and after a short distance pass through another pair of metal kissing gates to enter a section of footpath fenced between fields. Over to the right you will get an excellent view of Stanlake Manor, part of the Stanlake Park Wine Estate. The Manor dates from 15th century and was once part of the Windsor Estate. Pass through a final kissing gate to enter an open crop field. Go ahead across the field, heading for a whitewashed thatched cottage on the far side.

Pass to the left of the cottage to reach the road. Turn left onto the road and follow it as it winds past a number of private houses and small paddocks holding sheep and game birds. Cross over the railway and you will come to Ruscombe Church ahead of you.

Ruscombe Church to Ruscombe Road
Ruscombe Church to Ruscombe Road

Start point: 51.4795 lat, -0.8518 long
End point: 51.4805 lat, -0.8589 long

Ruscombe Church, St James’, dates back to the 12th century.

Keep to the left of the church along the lane and then keep left onto the main road for Twyford. Ignore the road to the left (signed for Bracknell) and continue straight ahead at the crossroads into Ruscombe Lane. Go straight ahead to reach your car.

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5 responses to "Twyford and Loddon Nature Reserve"

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 2013-04-01 00:00:00

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 2013-08-25 16:11:05

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 2013-11-27 15:26:10

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 2014-04-12 22:16:54

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 2014-10-25 17:57:14

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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Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
Stanlake Manor
575_0clairesharpuk1432579978 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK Image by: clairesharpuk
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
The left turn through the hedge you need to take at the end of section 'Bridleway to Field'

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