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|Rowbarge Canal and River Trail|
|Author: Pub Walker, Published: 15 Aug 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 5.5 mile circular pub walk from the Rowbarge in Woolhampton. The Rowbarge enjoys a lovely position right on the canal with a large garden giving you chance to enjoy all the canal activity while you savour great ales and food. The walking route follows a long stretch of the Kennet and Avon Canal towpath along to Aldermaston Wharf with chance to enjoy plenty of wildlife and canal boats messing about on the water. The return leg loops south, crossing branches of the River Kennet and its reed beds, following quiet lanes and crossing grazing pastures. |
The walk is relatively flat with just a few gentle inclines. The surfaces are a mixture of stone and grass towpaths, stone lanes and field paths, many of which can be quite muddy in winter and after periods of rain. Some of the paths can also be overgrown in the summer so shorts are not recommended unless you are immune to nettles! There are several kissing gates on route but no stiles. Some of the fields you cross are likely to be holding cattle so take care with dogs. There is one short section of road walking along the edge of an A-road so beware of the traffic and take particular care with children. Allow 2.5 to 3 hours.
Woolhampton is situated on the A4 between Reading and Newbury. The walk starts and finishes from the Rowbarge pub which is situated on Station Road immediately alongside the canal swing bridge. If you are arriving by train, the pub is just a few hundred yards south of Midgham Station. If you are arriving by car there is a large car park which is on the south side of the pub. Approximate post code RG7 5SH.
|Start to Froud's Lane|
Start point: 51.3947 lat, -1.1785 long
Standing in the pub garden, with your back to the pub and facing the canal, turn right to cross the road and join the canal towpath signed as the Kennet and Avon cycle route to Aldermaston and Reading.
|Froud's Lane to Aldermaston Wharf|
Start point: 51.3958 lat, -1.1528 long
Turn right along the pavement and then cross over to turn left through a gate onto the towpath with the canal now once again on your left. On the right you’ll see a tall metal fence, behind which are the old gravel pits. The flooded gravel workings are surrounded by dense vegetation providing important habitats for wildfowl and other birds.
|Aldermaston Wharf to Fisherman's Lane|
Start point: 51.4001 lat, -1.1365 long
Do not cross the canal here, instead simply cross the road and take Mill Lane directly opposite, a dead end gravel driveway. With the small school ahead, swing right to follow the stone lane passing between lots of cottages. When the properties end, continue on Mill Lane along an impressive avenue of Horse Chestnut trees whose branches create a pretty arch of shelter. On the right you’ll pass a fishery, which was originally Padworth Mill.
|Fisherman's Lane to Basingstoke Road|
Start point: 51.3939 lat, -1.1296 long
Turn right following the right hand hedge and at the end of the field keep ahead to join the wide stone track passing along the right hand edge of the next field. This is the start of the lane known as Fisherman’s Lane. Beyond this field follow the stone track as it becomes enclosed with fences both sides.
|Basingstoke Road to End|
Start point: 51.3914 lat, -1.1497 long
Cross over Basingstoke Road (this is a busy road so take particular care here) and turn left along the narrow verge for just 300 yards, until you reach a gravel pull-in with metal gates. Turn right here alongside a disused stile signed as a footpath. Turn right again over a footbridge and immediately left along the left-hand edge of an open field.
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we really enjoyed this walk fantastic countryside very clear instructions.
|By pob75 on 06 Jul 2014|
NB you need only walk a short distance along the A340. At point 4, turn left; at the end of the metal barrier on the other side of the road there is a footpath sign into the field. You can walk through the field rather than along the main road.
|By AnneP on 02 Mar 2015|
I took a shortened version missing out the Woolhampton leg as it was too long for a late evening walk. I did encounter a field with very enthusiastic young cows so made a small diversion which took me onto the cycle path up to Frouds lane. Overall a very flat route and nice along the canal but not one of my favourites as there was a long stretch of stone chips which provided a challenge for my bare feet!
|By richarg on 07 Jun 2016|
The Rowbarge is in a beautiful setting. The walk took us 2 1/2 hours without stops. It was quite overgrown during the last part so would not recommend pushchairs or anyone with mobility problems. Really enjoyed following the trail down places you would never find yourself. Highly recommended although give yourself plenty of time. (we had to rush back to ensure we arrived back at the pub in time for a reserved table)
|By Julia on 01 Sep 2016|
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: Richard |
Uploaded: 02 Oct 2013
This picture was taken from the swing bridge across the canal that is right next to the pub - which serves great food and drink. There were plenty of people there when we visited in August - most of them using the open garden area.
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 02 Oct 2013
Something rather cool about the swing bridge opening to let a barge through. The guy driving the canal boat looked very worried...
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 02 Oct 2013
The lock had wonderful brickwork. Amazing that it has lasted so long. I always wonder whether they wanted to make it look nice or whether we just think that it looks now and it was just the best materials they had available at the time?
|Image by: SASShell |
Uploaded: 26 May 2017
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