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Berkshire Way - Hamstead Marshall to Newbury
View of fields
There are some lovely views on this walk, like this church in the grounds of Hamstead Park

This is the fourth 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 - Hamstead Marshall to Benham Lock

Map 2 - Benham Lock to Newbury

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FACTS

If you park in Hamstead Marshall, you can catch a bus back there, after the walk, from Newbury.

The bus you need is the number six to Hungerford and it goes from stand eight at Newbury bus station.

Elm Farm in Hamstead Marshall is a 96 ha organic farm. Elm Farm's beef cattle are fed only on grass and cereals grown organically on the farm.

Within Hamstead Park there are lots of stone ruins, thought to be from three castles which used to stand in the park.

The suffix of the parish of Hamstead Marshall is said to come from the Marshall family who held the manor in Norman times.

 

 

 
THE WALK
Distance:
4.75 miles
Grid reference at start: SU414654
Time: 2-2.5 hours
Going: Easy
Parking: Park sensibly on the road in Hamstead Marshall and there are several car parks in Newbury.
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Map

From Hamstead Marshall, take the bridleway on the right hand side as you come out of Hamstead Marshall after the White Hart Inn pub.

This takes you through the farmyard of Elm Farm Research centre, and then between two fields.

When you reach the road which is Park Lane, take the footpath ahead and to your left.

Continue following the path up the hill, over a stile and through another field.

Stile
Stile leading into Hamstead Park

You'll pass two huge stone pillars in the middle of the field, continue following the main footpath.

When you come to the end of this field, which was overgrown with a crop of sweetcorn when we walked it in August 2002, you will come to a stile.

Church
This old church is deep in the grounds of Hamstead Park

Cross it and bear right, following the footpath signs.

This path takes you through the private Hamstead Park estate.

 

House
You'll see this house as you approach the road

When you reach the tarmac road running through the park, turn left and you'll see a cattle grid with a gate to its right.

Go out through this gate and right onto the public road.

Follow this road over a small bridge crossing the canal, and follow the footpath sign on the right to Newbury.

Footpath signs
Follow the footpath sign to Newbury

This takes you onto the canal towpath.

You'll pass the weir and Guyers Lock.

 

 

Guyers Lock
You'll pass many locks on this walk

Follow the towpath which takes you across a bridge crossing the canal, and back onto the path heading to Newbury.

Stay on the towpath which takes you into Newbury.

Once you get into Newbury, look out for Victoria Park on the left.

This is where you finish this part of the walk.

Newbury
This is the view of Newbury as you leave the towpath

If you reach the ringroad, you've gone too far.

You've completed

Part Four of the Berkshire Way

Well Done!

Berkshire Way Part Five

 

 

 

 

 

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