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Berkshire Way - Lambourn to Hungerford
View of Lambourn across field
Check out the amazing views of Lambourn - if you're not too out of breath!

This is the first part of the Berkshire Way - a special walk put together by BBC Berkshire - that takes in some of the best sights across the county from West to East...

SEE ALSO

Click the links below for detailed maps of this walk

Map 1 - From Lambourn to White Shute

Map 2 - White Shute to Stoney Lane

Map 3 - Stoney Lane to Roman Road

Map 4 - Roman Road to The Holt

Map 5 - From Lower Poughley to Leverton, and Leverton to Hungerford

TIP: SET THE MAP SIZE TO 'FIT IN WINDOW' ONCE IT OPENS

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Our maps are from www.get-a-map.co.uk

BBC Berkshire Way Index

BBC BERKSHIRE WALKING AND SAFETY

BBC Berkshire Outdoors

WEB LINKS

West Berkshire Council

The Ramblers' Association

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FACTS

The ancient parish church of St Michael and All Angels is a most important village church with its perpendicular tower, fine stained glass windows and neat churchyard.

The lychgate connecting the churchyard to the Market Place is an attractive and welcoming entrance, erected as a memorial to William Jousiffe, a well known Victorian horse trainer.

Some of the tombstones have been cleared from the yard but there is still a quaint inscription on one to John Carter, the last man to be hanged for arson in England.

SOURCE:
www.lambourn.org.uk

Lambourn is known as the Valley of the Racehorse, and is home to trainers Barry Hills and Nicki Henderson.

The name of Hungerford may come from the Danish King Hingwar (alias Ivarr the Boneless) who shot Saint Edmund, King of East Anglia in AD 869.

He was said, by the 14th century chronicler of the Book of Hyde, to have drowned at Hungerford ("Hingwar's Ford").

SOURCE:
www.britannica.com

 

 

THE WALK
Distance:
7.5 miles
Grid reference at start: SU326789
Time: 3 to 3.5 hours
Going: Moderate
Parking: Car parks in the centre of Lambourn
and Hungerford
BBC BERKSHIRE WALKING AND SAFETY

Map

The walk starts in Lambourn, so you need to park one car at the finish in Hungerford, there are several long-stay car parks in the centre.

St Michael and All Angels Church
This is where the walk begins, you can see the church tower across Lambourn

Park the other car in Lambourn, in one of the free car parks off the High Street, and walk to St Michael and All Angels Church.

From here, walk back down the High Street, past The George Pub on the left.

Follow the road for approximately 300 yards.

Directly after you walk past a left turning to Edwards Hill, you'll see a house on the left.

After the house is a footpath, turn left up the footpath.

The footpath is on a slight incline and is a bit stoney underfoot.

The footpath ends, continue on a tarmac road, past Lambourn C of E School on the left.

Good views of Lambourn village behind and to the left.

The George
View of The George on the left, down the High Street

Continue on the byway, past Meridian stables onto White Shute Track.

Continue to follow the byway when it is crossed by a footpath and becomes Stoney Lane Track.

Continue to follow the byway until it is crossed by another track at a thatched cottage.

Take the track ahead keeping the cottage on your left.

The byway can get boggy here after bad weather.

Pass Burgess Farm on the left, to meet the B4001 Roman Road.

Turn left onto the Roman Road. This is a busy road so keep to the verge.

At the staggered junction, turn right.

View of Lambourn across fields
Lots of opportunities for taking good photos here

The road has signs on it saying Inholmes, and you will also see a footpath sign.

Cross the M4 motorway over the bridge.

When you reach the entrance gate for Inholmes House only, go to the left of the gateway and follow the footpath.

Follow the path with trees on the left and a field on the right.

At the end of the field, bear slightly left through the woods.

It was quite overgrown when BBC Berkshire walked this stretch in August 2002, but passable.

At the end of the wooded stretch, follow the footpath left into the field with the field on the right.

Continue straight on, with woodland to your right.

See Gallows Down and Walbury Hill to the right, follow path straight through field.

When you meet the road, turn right.

When you meet the junction at Haywards Bottom, turn left.

Tractor
You may see the odd tractor but that's about it as far as traffic is concerned

After 200 yards turn right, signposted to New Hayward and Leverton.

Views of Hungerford to the left.

At the crossroads follow road to Eddington and Hungerford.

Pass a house on the right with wooden shutters, and wood cladding, painted peach.

Directly after the house, turn right down a narrow path.

Keep right.

The Mill
Pass this old Mill on the right
After approximately 50 yards, go straight down a footpath between two houses (coming off the road) and crossing a wooden footbridge.

Follow the path with a stream on the left and the River Kennet on the
right.

When you reach the road bridge, turn right up onto the bridge, and walk over it.

Follow the road sign to Marlborough, Salisbury and Swindon.

Walk alongside the Texaco petrol station on the left.

Walk past the Lamb Inn on the left.

Turn left at the mini roundabout by The Bear at Hungerford, following the road sign to Town Centre.

Hungerford Bridge
You'll see this picturesque bridge as you come into Hungerford

Pass the John O'Gaunt Inn on the left.

Walk over the bridge across the Kennet & Avon Canal into the town.

Directly after crossing the bridge, turn left and go back on yourself, underneath a wrought iron footbridge to a private house, to join the towpath on the canal.

Turn right onto the towpath.

When you reach a footbridge across the canal, turn right, off the towpath and towards the station.

You've completed Part One of the Berkshire Way

Well Done!

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