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|Wantage and Letcombe Regis|
|Author: Claire, Published: 28 Aug 2015||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 6 mile circular walk from the market town of Wantage in Oxfordshire. The walk follows an ancient path out to the nearby village of Letcombe Regis, famous for its links to horse racing, then heads north along bridleways before returning to Wantage along the disused Berks and Wilts Canal. There is plenty of historical interest, pretty settlements as well as lots of wildlife to enjoy as you make your way through this part of the North Wessex Downs. |
The walk has a few gentle gradients throughout. The paths are mainly surfaced footpaths and old track byways. There are no gates or steps on route, just one single stile to negotiate (which has an adjacent dog gate). The byways between Letcombe Regis and the canal are heavy clay, are deeply rutted with vehicle tracks and can be muddy all year round (so boots are required and wellingtons with grips are recommended in the wetter months). There are public toilets in the car park at the start of the walk. Approximate time 3 hours.
Wantage is located about 14 miles south-west of Oxford in the Vale of the White Horse, at the junction between the A417 and the A338. The walk starts and finishes at the long stay Portway pay and display car park near the centre of town, which costs £1.30 for 3 hours and is free on Sundays (correct August 2015). Approximate post code OX12 9BU.
|Start to Letcombe Regis Church|
Start point: 51.587 lat, -1.4276 long
Leave the car park via the vehicle entrance alongside The Beacon and turn right along the pavement of The Portway. After about 50 yards, use the pedestrian crossing to swap to the left-hand pavement and continue, passing the old priory on the right. Cross over the side road and continue along the pavement. Where the left-hand pavement ends, turn left to join the signed public footpath to Letcombe Regis. Follow this surfaced path between hedgerows and soon it crosses a small stream, Letcombe Brook.
|Letcombe Regis Church to B4507|
Start point: 51.5758 lat, -1.4521 long
This medieval church sits at the centre of the village, with part of the tower dating from the 12th century and fragments of stained glass from the 14th. An obelisk in the churchyard stands as a memorial to a Maori chief from New Zealand, George King Hipango, who at the age of nineteen died at the vicarage, possibly of tuberculosis.
|B4507 to Old Canal Bridge|
Start point: 51.5851 lat, -1.4535 long
Cross over with care and take the stone track directly ahead, signed as a byway. A few paces along (before you enter the tunnel of trees) magnificent views open up ahead across the Oxfordshire countryside. Continue into the tunnel of trees and follow the path which leads you gently downhill to reach a crossroads with a quiet tarmac lane.
|Old Canal Bridge to Denchworth Road|
Start point: 51.5929 lat, -1.4596 long
Immediately after the bridge, turn right to join the canal’s former towpath, with the overgrown canal basin running on your right.
|Denchworth Road to Smith's Wharf Play Area|
Start point: 51.5991 lat, -1.4328 long
Cross over the road with care and turn left along the pavement, heading for the roundabout. Follow the pavement as it swings right into Mably Way. Ignore the first footpath on the right and, immediately after the large road sign, turn right onto the second footpath.
|Smith's Wharf Play Area to End|
Start point: 51.5922 lat, -1.4278 long
Keep straight ahead past the play area and, soon afterwards, you will come to a junction within the path. Go straight along the main branch of path which bends left, ignoring the path through the staggered barrier on the right. You will emerge out to the road alongside King’s Wharf. Cross over and take the path which leads you diagonally right through the small park.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2015 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
We did this walk and it was lovely! Had a bit of a head scratch when we got to the muddy crossroads as it didn't say which way to turn! Fortunately we picked the right direction and it was very muddy but plenty of places to dodge the mud. Had a thoroughly enjoyable time and rewarded ourselves with an ice cream when we got into Wantage.
|By Kleoette on 11 Sep 2015|
I did this walk today the 17th Jan of 2016.. Really enjoyable walk with lots of great views.
|By jon4354 on 17 Jan 2016|
Did this walk today 18.08.2016, very good walk with lots of decent views. No problems with mud given the excessively dry weather but I can see why it may be very muddy in winter / wet weather. Decent terrain throughout with some good paths, good for dogs too just need a lead for the short road bits. Finished it with a nice cider at a pub in Wantage, recommend it to anyone.
|By Pete on 18 Aug 2016|
Peter Garrett: Did the Wantage and Letcombe Regis walk today, lovely 6 miles and Jess dog loved it. Thanks to all who have worked on this app, it's great.
|By Facebook on 27 Aug 2016|
Tony. Did the walk today 30 December 2016. Great walk but the section beyond Letcombe is hard going as the byway is deeply rutted and very, very muddy due to off roading. Take good boots and take your time as the slippery, thick mud makes progress very tedious.
|By crockett on 29 Dec 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: 28 Aug 2015
Letcombe Regis - The Old House. (I wonder if it was called this when it was built in 1698?).
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 28 Aug 2015
Just a picture of the church that you pass by.
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