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|Mortimer Town and Country|
|Author: Stuart, Published: 09 Jun 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|The walk takes you behind some of the houses in the village, then on a circular route south of Mortimer with good views back to the village. It is mostly flat, with some gentle downhill and uphill short sections. There are footpaths, gravel tracks and small country roads. It is mostly dry, with occasional, short boggy sections near the stream. You will need to negotiate one stile and a footbridge. In terms of refreshments, there is a pub and small supermarket at the start of the walk, or a cafe a little further down the road.|
Park in the small car park opposite village pub on The Street, Mortimer Common, Reading, Berkshire, RG7 3RD. It is generally a quiet village and you can park in this car park, along the street or at the nearby car park by St John's Church.
|Start to Turks Lane|
Start point: 51.3765 lat, -1.0606 long
Turn right from the car park opposite the Horse and Groom, then walk past St John's Church towards the shops. At the first shop, turn left behind the shop and cross the car park to reach the road. At the road, cross over to continue ahead on the track. Follow this as it runs behind houses (crossing residential roads) until you reach the T-junction at the end. At the end, turn right onto Drury Lane then shortly turn left onto Turks Lane.
|Turks Lane to Farm|
Start point: 51.3725 lat, -1.0696 long
Continue straight along this lane and, at the fork, keep right onto the branch marked as a no through road. Follow this track, avoiding turning off, and pass a farm and other small buildings.
|Farm to Stream Crossing|
Start point: 51.3697 lat, -1.0705 long
At what appears to be a branch, take the left-hand fork onto a stony track going downhill. The long track eventually comes to a stream at the bottom.
|Stream Crossing to Stile|
Start point: 51.3625 lat, -1.0727 long
Cross the bridge and the small valley. There is a wooden plank to avoid the boggy bit. Take the left-hand fork and continue through the wood opposite uphill until you come to an exit onto a field. Leave the wood and cross the field. When planted with crops there should be a clear footpath line ahead (about 11 o'clock). Continue to the stile and fence at the far side.
|Stile to Drury Lane|
Start point: 51.3626 lat, -1.0664 long
At the stile and hedge the path appears to be on the nearside, but actually it emerges on the other side. So, cross the stile and turn immediately left. Continue to the corner of the field.
|Drury Lane to End|
Start point: 51.3732 lat, -1.0579 long
Walk ahead along Drury Lane. Pass a row of properties on the left and then, further along, a pair of properties on the right. About 150 metres later you will reach a fingerpost in a gap in the hedge on your right. Turn right and cross the field. At the corner, slightly downhill, take the left-most path that slowly climbs uphill behind the houses and arrives back at The Street in Mortimer. Turn left for a few paces and you will reach the car park where the walk began.
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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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