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
BERKSHIRE WALKING AND SAFETY
this walk at Ashenbury Park, getting into the park from the car
park through the yellow barrier.
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.
need to be looking out for a footpath sign taking you down onto
a footpath running alongside the lake.
lake should be on your left and the park on your right.
the footpath comes out onto the road, cross the road, going straight
ahead into Land's End Lane.
Park is a peaceful place to start this walk.
you reach the junction with Park Lane, turn right by the Land's
End pub towards the ford.
you reach the ford, turn right into the pub's overflow car park
and by a yellow warning sign.
the footpath through the car park, heading for the white railings
and bridge over the stream.
over the bridge and head for the far left corner of the field.
you reach the stile, cross over it and come out onto the road, turning
the road past double gates into private fishing lakes, and look
out for the bridleway sign to the right.
Loddon seems to be a very clean river.
up the bridleway which runs parallel to the road.
you reach the end of the bridleway, cross over the road, and walk
along the bridleway opposite.
you reach the end of this bridleway, turn left onto the road and
walk over Whistley Bridge.
after the bridge, take the footpath on the right.
this footpath with the Loddon on your right all the way to Sandford
path beside the river is overgrown in some places.
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.
you reach Sandford Lane, turn right and almost immediately left
into Dinton Pastures Country Park and alongside Sandford Lake.
you approach the large wooden sign at the lake, turn right and follow
the path round the lake.
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.
path follows the Loddon, and there are several places where you
can leave the sand path and walk directly next to the river.
you reach the wooden bridge on the right, turn right and walk across
left after the bridge.
the river on your left, follow the path and it eventually passes
under a road bridge.
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.
River Loddon runs through Dinton Pastures Country Park.
on the path passing the Park & Ride at Woodley's Showcase cinema
on your left.
to follow the path along the river, underneath the A329M, and underneath
the red brick railway arches.
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.
you come out onto the Reading Road, turn right and head towards
the traffic lights and The George Pub.
the road, towards the car dealership, and turn left.
out for the footpath sign on the right, and follow the footpath
down to the river again.
the path alongside the river, down some concrete steps, forking
left and staying alongside the river.
out for this bridge which you need to cross to take you towards
you see the footpath sign on your left, turn down the footpath.
after you turn down this path, it forks.
the right fork, going through a tunnel under the road.
you come out of the tunnel, turn right.
path rejoins the river side and you can see Sindlesham Mill hotel
you reach the car park, continue to follow the footpath on the grass
to the left.
see the footpath sign in front of you, turn right here.
the driveway to the hotel, keeping the hotel on your left and heading
towards the wooden bridge.
the wooden bridge, down to the road. When you reach the road, which
is Mill Lane, turn left.
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.
pass The Poachers pub on the left on the very busy Mill Lane.
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.
straight over the roundabout onto New Road towards Barkham.
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.
out for The Walter Arms pub on your left, directly after the pub,
turn left into Sadler's End.
you've passed a few houses and the path narrows, look out for a
footpath sign on your right.
that footpath, crossing over the stile and into a field.
see this church through the trees on the right.
the path as it bears right across the field, towards another wooden
stile and into the woods.
the path straight ahead into the woods (don't take the path to the
after that, a path crosses the path you are on forming a crossroads.
Turn left here, onto the path.
path comes out onto a gravel/tarmac road (Woodlands Avenue).
it down to the main Reading Road, and turn right when you reach
the Rifle Volunteer pub on the left and Embrook Post Office.
you reach the Woosehill roundabout, continue following the road
as it bears left towards Wokingham on the A329.
St Paul's Parish rooms on the right and then past the Parish Church
of St Paul on the right.
Queen's Head pub in Wokingham is a welcome sight after walking
you reach the Queen's Head pub on the left, take the stone steps
opposite and cross the road to Wokingham Council's offices.
can cut through their car park into The Paddocks where you should
have left a car.
Part Eleven of the Berkshire Way
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