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|East Ilsley and the Ridgeway|
|Author: Claire, Published: 24 Mar 2013||Walk Rating:|
|Berkshire, West Berkshire|
|A 3 mile circular walk from the small Berkshire village of East Ilsley following wide farm tracks across the surrounding downland including one section of The Ridgeway, Britain’s oldest road. There are beautiful views throughout taking in the gentle rolling hills that surround this area. |
The walk is very easy to navigate with only a handful of turns, and all the paths are wide tracks making it fairly easy walking. The tracks are mainly a mix of stone/dirt and so can get quite muddy in winter and after periods of rain. There are no stiles or gates and all the slopes are very gentle. The tracks are all fenced from the adjacent fields so you won’t come into contact with any livestock. Approximate time 1 to 1.5 hours.
The walk starts from Church Hill in East Ilsley, directly alongside the village pond. There is roadside parking available in the adjacent streets. Approximate post code RG20 7LP.
|Start to Road|
Start point: 51.5266 lat, -1.2897 long
Stand on Church Hill with the East Ilsley village pond on the left. Walk ahead for a few paces and then turn left into Haydon Lane, marked as a byway. You will pass the impressive Old Rectory on the left, with its white Georgian frontage, and then Hildesley Court on the right. Keep ahead on the byway, a stone and dirt track, ignoring any footpaths into the fields left and right.
|Road to Ridgeway|
Start point: 51.5258 lat, -1.2761 long
Cross the road with care and take the farm track directly opposite. Follow this byway between fenced fields for some distance. Pass by a fenced area of woodland on the left hand side.
|Ridgeway to End|
Start point: 51.5354 lat, -1.2697 long
Turn left onto the Ridgeway, a concrete track signed as a restricted byway and marked with the acorn symbol.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2013 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
incredible views whichever way you turn
|By nblackburn29 on 18 Apr 2017|
Lovely walk fabulous views
|By camillacase on 15 Oct 2016|
lovely walk - photos don't do it justice
|By memi2006 on 19 Jun 2016|
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