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Ogbourne St George and Ogbourne St Andrew

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Ogbourne St George and Ogbourne St Andrew
Author: Claire, Published: 14 Feb 2019 Walk Rating:star1 Ogbourne St George and Ogbourne St Andrew, Wiltshirestar1 Ogbourne St George and Ogbourne St Andrew, Wiltshirestar1 Ogbourne St George and Ogbourne St Andrew, Wiltshirestar1 Ogbourne St George and Ogbourne St Andrew, Wiltshirestar1 Ogbourne St George and Ogbourne St Andrew, Wiltshire
Wiltshire, Marlborough
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Ogbourne St George and Ogbourne St Andrew
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Ogbourne St George and Ogbourne St Andrew, Wiltshire
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A 4 mile circular walk from the village of Ogbourne St George in Wiltshire. This simple walk gives plenty of opportunity to stride out, taking in the architectural delights of the village then joining a stretch of the Ridgeway and returning along the route of a disused railway line. There are lovely views of rolling fields all around.

The walk is relatively flat with only a few gentle inclines. It follows a mixture of village lanes, stone tracks, grass tracks (with some shallow ruts) and the track bed of an old railway. Some of the tracks can become muddy after periods of rain or in winter, but the mud rarely becomes deep. There are no stiles, steps or kissing gates on route. There is one crossing of an A-road that needs care. You will not be sharing any of the paths with livestock. With all this in mind, the route should be suitable for an all-terrain disability buggy when the ground is firm. Allow 2 hours.

Ogbourne St George is located just off the A346, about 3 miles north of Marlborough. The walk starts and finishes on the High Street, close to the junction with the side road called Poole’s Meadow and alongside the children’s playground. There is roadside parking here and along much of the High Street. Approximate post code SN8 1SJ.

Walk Sections

Start to Ridgeway
Start to Ridgeway

Start point: 51.467 lat, -1.7113 long
End point: 51.4696 lat, -1.7243 long

Standing with your back to the children’s playground, turn left along the High Street and follow this through the length of the village. Ogbourne St George is a very old settlement and takes its current name from the local waterway and the church. The waterway is the River Og and is a bourne, meaning it runs visibly for only part of the year, running underground when water levels are lower. The village church is the Church of St George and is thought to be Norman in origin. As you walk through the village you will notice a beautiful eclectic mix of architecture, including several thatched cottages and at least three houses that were either vicarages and rectories. A priory was founded in the village in about 1149 and today this site is home to a Jacobean manor house, dating from 1619.

Ignore the side road, Church Lane, on your right (unless you want to detour to visit the church). Instead stay with the main lane which bends left (with the River Og on your left), right (to reach the entrance gates for the manor) and left again to leave the village. About 200 metres later, where the road bends right, turn left onto the track signed as the Ridgeway.

Ridgeway to Ogbourne St Andrew
Ridgeway to Ogbourne St Andrew

Start point: 51.4696 lat, -1.7243 long
End point: 51.4512 lat, -1.7286 long

Follow this track ahead, leading you between hedgerows and fenced sheep pastures. The Ridgeway is considered to be England’s oldest road, used by travellers for at least 5,000 years. After about 900 metres you will reach a junction in the track. Ignore the left-hand branch (signed as the Ridgeway), instead keep ahead on the track signed as a byway.

Follow this grass track, with beautiful views of the rolling fields all around. Continue for about 1.3km to reach the end of the track, at a T-junction with the road in Ogbourne St Andrew. (You won’t be surprised to hear that the village church here is the Church of St Andrew).

Ogbourne St Andrew to Old Railway
Ogbourne St Andrew to Old Railway

Start point: 51.4512 lat, -1.7286 long
End point: 51.4517 lat, -1.7212 long

Turn left along the lane, Wet Pits Lane, and follow this to reach the junction with the main A-road. Taking extra care at this junction, cross over the main road and go ahead on the grass track. You will reach a track crossroads, with metal gates each side. Turn left here, passing alongside a gate to join the old railway and National Cycleway 482.

Old Railway to End
Old Railway to End

Start point: 51.4517 lat, -1.7212 long
End point: 51.4671 lat, -1.7112 long

We will be following the track of this old railway for about 2km. About halfway along, you will reach a crossroads with the Ridgeway, but simply keep ahead on the old rail line. This railway opened in 1881, carrying trains between Swindon, Marlborough and Andover. There was a station at Ogbourne St George, but the rail line and the station were both closed in 1961.

At the end of the rail line, follow the track as it swings right to reach a junction with a quiet lane. Turn left along the lane which leads down to a crossroads. Turn left along the pavement, passing under the A-road and then fork immediately right up the narrow side lane. You will emerge to a T-junction with the High Street. Turn right for a few metres to reach the play area where the walk began.

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1 Comments for: "Ogbourne St George and Ogbourne St Andrew"

very nice walk, loved the section of ridgeway although short...the old railway path is perfect for a lovely walk...really enjoyed it.

By em79 on 14 Apr 2019

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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One of the many lovely houses along the route.

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