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Berkshire Way - Combe Gibbet to Hamstead Marshall
View of fields
There are some lovely views on this walk, and you'll pass through some of the quietest parts of Berkshire

This is the third 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...


Click the links below for detailed maps of this walk

Map 1 - Combe Gibbet to Holt Lodge

Map 2 - Holt Lodge to Hamstead Marshall


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You'll find remains of the Iron Age (600 BC to 50 AD) Walbury hill fort (SU3761) at the start of this walk. This stands at 974 feet (279m) above sea level, and must have been a considerable feat of construction in its day.

It's the largest single-ditched fort in the country.

Walbury Hill is the highest point for miles around.



4.75 miles
Grid reference at start: SU369621
Time: 2.5-3 hours
Going: Moderate
Parking: Car park at Combe Gibbet and find a suitable place to park in Hamstead Marshall.

Park at Combe Gibbet car park, and follow the path behind the car park, signposted Wayfarers Walk.

Footpath and stile
The footpath on the left is the first one you come to

Follow the path up Walbury Hill, and take the footpath on the left.

After you've gone over the stile, head diagonally left across the field (there was no marked path when we did the walk in August 2002).

You'll see another stile ahead, go over this. It was very prickly and overgrown here when we walked this route.

Follow the path on top of a ridge and through the field.

You'll reach another stile, go over this which takes you through a wooded area and down to the road.

When you reach the road, cross over, following the footpath.

It goes through a wooded area and comes out in a field.

The walk goes through lots of open countryside

Turn left and walk around the edge of the field.

The footpath ends by Park House and you'll meet the road here.


Walk out onto the road past the sign for West Woodhay.

Take the road on the left, signposted to Kintbury.

Keep on this road past Furze Park, and take the footpath signposted on the left.

The footpath leads into fields

About 50 yards into the footpath you'll go through a fence/gate.

Almost straight after you go through this fence, turn right. It wasn't signposted when we did the walk but it is the correct way!

When you come out of the wooded area, keep to the left following the fenceline.

You'll meet a stile, go over it and cross a small wooden bridge.

You'll go over another stile, and follow the footpath sign going diagonally right across the field towards the pylon.

Corn field
The walk goes mainly through fields

As you get closer to the pylon, you'll see a stile to the left of it.

Go over it and you'll come out on a road. Turn right.

At the t-junction, turn left.

Shortly after this, take the footpath on the right.

Continue straight ahead, go over several stiles.

Follow footpath straight through the middle of the field, NOT left - even though this is where there is a signpost.

Sweetcorn field
The path was quite overgrown

When the path ends, turn left and go along the edge of the field.

When you reach the road, turn left.

After about 100 yards turn right down a footpath, opposite a house with brown timberframed windows, called Vergers Holt.

Walk straight across the middle of the field, heading for the stile.

Go across the stile, and you'll cross a small wooden bridge over a stream.

Cross another stile.

Be prepared to cross many stiles!

Walk diagonally right across this field, heading for the stile.

You'll meet a road turn right, and almost immediately left, onto a footpath.

Go through the gate on the left and follow the footpath.

Follow the footpath sign straight through the field.

Great Holt Copse is on your left.

Walk to the end of the field, and you'll see a stile hidden away on the left.

Go over the stile, and you come out into a clearing. Several paths cross here.

You want to take the one signposted to the right, going through the woodland.

This is the last field you cross on the walk

Take the stile at the end of the path, which brings you out into a field.

Follow the footpath and go through the gate at the end. This takes you past the DogsTrust (Formerly National Canine Defence League ) on the right.

Follow this road and you reach the main road, with the White Hart Inn and Restaurant opposite.

The White Hart Inn
The Hart Inn is where you finish this section of the walk

You've completed

Part Three of the Berkshire Way

Well Done!


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