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Berkshire Way - Ashenbury Park to Wokingham
Bridge over the Loddon
You'll see plenty of the Loddon on this walk.

This is the eleventh 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...

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Map 1 - Ashenbury Park to Dinton Pastures

Map 2 - Dinton Pastures to Sindlesham

Map 3 - Sindlesham to Wokingham

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FACTS

Woodley has a shopping centre at Crockhamwell Road, which for the last two years has been much improved by Woodley Town Centre Management Initiative projects. The centre, which is pedestrianised, has a wide variety of shops and businesses, ranging from larger nationwide stores to small, family-run shops, many of which trade from 10am to 4pm on Sundays.

A number of smaller industries remain, but Woodley's former aerodrome has largely been developed for housing, with a local centre, primary school and recreational areas. The town's aviation history is preserved at the Museum of Berkshire Aviation, which has been established at nearby Sandford Copse.

For a more detailed history of Woodley, visit Woodley Town Council's web site: www.woodley-tc.gov.uk/

SOURCE: Wokingham District Council

 

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THE WALK
Distance: 8 miles
Grid reference at start: SU772740
Time: 3 hours
Going: Easy, but take note, parts of the route are liable to flood after excessive rain.
Parking: The start in the car park at Ashenbury Park in Woodley, and at the end in The Paddocks car park in central Wokingham.
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Map

Begin this walk at Ashenbury Park, getting into the park from the car park through the yellow barrier.

Follow the gravel path through the middle of the park and after you pass through a copse area and the path begins to veer to the right, leave it and head due North to meet the path running along the lake at the North end of the park.

You need to be looking out for a footpath sign taking you down onto a footpath running alongside the lake.

The lake should be on your left and the park on your right.

When the footpath comes out onto the road, cross the road, going straight ahead into Land's End Lane.

Ashenbury Park, Woodley
Ashenbury Park is a peaceful place to start this walk.

When you reach the junction with Park Lane, turn right by the Land's End pub towards the ford.

Before you reach the ford, turn right into the pub's overflow car park and by a yellow warning sign.

Follow the footpath through the car park, heading for the white railings and bridge over the stream.

Cross over the bridge and head for the far left corner of the field.

When you reach the stile, cross over it and come out onto the road, turning right.

Follow the road past double gates into private fishing lakes, and look out for the bridleway sign to the right.

The Loddon
The Loddon seems to be a very clean river.

Go up the bridleway which runs parallel to the road.

When you reach the end of the bridleway, cross over the road, and walk along the bridleway opposite.

When you reach the end of this bridleway, turn left onto the road and walk over Whistley Bridge.

Straight after the bridge, take the footpath on the right.

Follow this footpath with the Loddon on your right all the way to Sandford Lane.

The Loddon
The path beside the river is overgrown in some places.

The footpath passes over a dirt road to a gravel pit, and also over a conveyor belt delivering materials to and from the pit, and as you approach Sandford Lane, a wooden bridge with green railings.

When you reach Sandford Lane, turn right and almost immediately left into Dinton Pastures Country Park and alongside Sandford Lake.

As you approach the large wooden sign at the lake, turn right and follow the path round the lake.

When the path forks, you need to take the path on the right. As you walk down the path you'll pass a sign for Sandford Lake, on the right as you look back.

The path follows the Loddon, and there are several places where you can leave the sand path and walk directly next to the river.

When you reach the wooden bridge on the right, turn right and walk across the bridge.

Turn left after the bridge.

Keeping the river on your left, follow the path and it eventually passes under a road bridge.

When you see the wooden bridge on the left, crossing the river, walk over it and after you've crossed over it, turn right onto the footpath.

The Loddon
The River Loddon runs through Dinton Pastures Country Park.

Continue on the path passing the Park & Ride at Woodley's Showcase cinema on your left.

Continue to follow the path along the river, underneath the A329M, and underneath the red brick railway arches.

And keep to the path on the right-hand-side of the road, alongside the river, with the metal railings on the left of the path.

As you come out onto the Reading Road, turn right and head towards the traffic lights and The George Pub.

Cross the road, towards the car dealership, and turn left.

Look out for the footpath sign on the right, and follow the footpath down to the river again.

Follow the path alongside the river, down some concrete steps, forking left and staying alongside the river.

Bridge over the Loddon
Look out for this bridge which you need to cross to take you towards Earley.

When you see the footpath sign on your left, turn down the footpath.

Shortly after you turn down this path, it forks.

Take the right fork, going through a tunnel under the road.

When you come out of the tunnel, turn right.

The path rejoins the river side and you can see Sindlesham Mill hotel ahead.

As you reach the car park, continue to follow the footpath on the grass to the left.

You'll see the footpath sign in front of you, turn right here.

Cross the driveway to the hotel, keeping the hotel on your left and heading towards the wooden bridge.

Cross the wooden bridge, down to the road. When you reach the road, which is Mill Lane, turn left.

Follow the road, which is very busy and has no path, past the entrance to the Sindlesham Mill nightclub, across the bridge and past The Poachers pub on the left.

Poachers pub
You'll pass The Poachers pub on the left on the very busy Mill Lane.

Take care on this road because it is narrow and very busy. As you approach the roundabout, look out for the Masonic hall through the trees on your left, and the Nirvana Spa on your right.

Go straight over the roundabout onto New Road towards Barkham.

As the road meets Bearwood Road and forks, cross over Bearwood Road and turn right towards Barkham, going past the entrance to Bearwood College on your right.

Look out for The Walter Arms pub on your left, directly after the pub, turn left into Sadler's End.

After you've passed a few houses and the path narrows, look out for a footpath sign on your right.

Take that footpath, crossing over the stile and into a field.

Church
You'll see this church through the trees on the right.

Follow the path as it bears right across the field, towards another wooden stile and into the woods.

Follow the path straight ahead into the woods (don't take the path to the right).

Shortly after that, a path crosses the path you are on forming a crossroads. Turn left here, onto the path.

The path comes out onto a gravel/tarmac road (Woodlands Avenue).

Follow it down to the main Reading Road, and turn right when you reach it.

Pass the Rifle Volunteer pub on the left and Embrook Post Office.

When you reach the Woosehill roundabout, continue following the road as it bears left towards Wokingham on the A329.

Pass St Paul's Parish rooms on the right and then past the Parish Church of St Paul on the right.

The Queen's Head pub
The Queen's Head pub in Wokingham is a welcome sight after walking 8 miles!

When you reach the Queen's Head pub on the left, take the stone steps opposite and cross the road to Wokingham Council's offices.

You can cut through their car park into The Paddocks where you should have left a car.

You've completed

Part Eleven of the Berkshire Way

Well Done!

Berkshire Way Part Twelve

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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