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|Author: jsellars, Published: 16 Dec 2015||Walk Rating:|
|A 2 mile circular walk from Shinfield Grange in the Berkshire village of Shinfield taking in quiet farm tracks, wet meadows and local farmland with a short stretch alongside the meandering River Loddon. The surrounding countryside has retained much of its charm with traditional hedgerows and mature oaks and whatever the time of year you are pretty much guaranteed to spot red kites circling above or eyeing you from a tree. |
This walk is definitely one for waterproof shoes or wellies. A third of the walk is footpath and farm track that are both extremely muddy during the winter months and the remaining part of the walk takes you through meadows which are liable to flood in winter but can be boggy nearly all year round. If the River Loddon over tops, it would be too dangerous to undertake the walk and you will need to retrace your steps back to the start. The walk negotiates a number of stiles and kissing gates and you will also be sharing many of the fields with sheep or cattle, so take care with dogs (farmers warning signs are in place). There are no amenities on route but these can be found within the local nearby village. Approximate time 45 minutes.
The walk starts and ends at the entrance for Shinfield Grange. Travelling from Reading along the A327, cross over the M4 motorway and turn left at the traffic lights just after the Black Boy pub on the right-hand side. Entering Cutbush Lane, travel approximately 800m towards the end of this no-through road and you will see the entrance to Shinfield Grange clearly sign-posted on the right-hand side. Please park on Cutbush Lane (which is a quiet road at this point) and do NOT park in the Grange, which is private. The address is Cutbush Lane, Shinfield, West Berkshire, RG2 9AF.
|Start to Farm Track|
Start point: 51.4139 lat, -0.9364 long
Standing with your back to the Shinfield Grange entrance gates, turn left along Cutbush Lane. Almost immediately you will see a public footpath sign on your left, turn left here and follow the track along to a kissing gate on your left. Pass through this and follow the footpath, viewing the Grange gardens through the hedgerow as you walk down the path and ignoring the stile on your left for a small field with grazing sheep. (Please be aware that the farmer does not like dogs wandering off the lead at this point). At the end of the track pass through a small wooden gate.
|Farm Track to River Loddon Bridge|
Start point: 51.4115 lat, -0.9321 long
Turn right onto the farm track and follow it until you reach the vehicular bridge over the River Loddon.
|River Loddon Bridge to New Road|
Start point: 51.4087 lat, -0.926 long
Keeping the river on your left, walk along the field boundary until you reach a gap in the hedge and a stile with a small bridge over a ditch. Cross the bridge and turn right, following the fence line until you reach another gap in the hedge in the corner of this second field.
|New Road to End|
Start point: 51.4071 lat, -0.9385 long
Take the diagonal path across the field (at about 2 o'clock) and you will shortly reach a stile.
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Shinfield Grange is private property and the gates are locked each night, it is however available to book for private functions. Please DO NOT park your car in the car park when completing this walk.
|By UCEM on 05 Jun 2017|
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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