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Berkshire Way - Bury Down to Lardon Chase
Pigs
You'll see these pigs up by The Ridgeway - oink oink!

This is the seventh 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 - Bury Down - Several Downs

Map 2 - Several Downs - Roden Downs

Map 3 - Roden Downs - Warren Farm

Map 4 - Warren Farm - Lardon Chase

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

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BBC Berkshire Way Index

BBC BERKSHIRE WALKING AND SAFETY

BBC Berkshire Outdoors

WEB LINKS

West Berkshire Council

The Ramblers' Association

National Trails

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FACTS

For at least 5,000 years, people, be they drovers, traders or invaders, have walked or ridden The Ridgeway.

New Stone Age men, the first farmers in Britain, left the earliest remains. Their long barrows can be found at a few places both west and east of the River Thames.

In the Dark Ages, The Ridgeway was a main route for the Saxons and Vikings who fought many battles during their advances into Wessex.

In medieval times it was drovers driving livestock from Wales and the West Country to the Home Counties, not armies, who used The Ridgeway.

SOURCE:

www.nationaltrails.gov.uk

 

 
THE WALK
Distance:
7.5 miles
Grid reference at start: SU483838
Time: 3/4 hours
Going: Easy
Parking: In car park beside Ridgeway at grid reference above, and in car park at Lardon Chase.
BBC BERKSHIRE WALKING AND SAFETY
Map

From the car park, walk in an easterly direction onto The Ridgeway, with the A34 to your left.

Follow The Ridgeway as it dips down underneath the A34.

The Ridgeway
Much of The Ridgeway is rutted and can be difficult to pass after heavy rain.

Follow the path as it bends round to the left.

Keep to the main Ridgeway path, seeing some corrugated pig sheds on the right, and Didcot Power Station behind and to your left.

As the path is crossed by others, continue following the main Ridgeway.

Look out for a tap on the right for drinking water by the entrance to a farm.

As a Byway crosses The Ridgeway, continue straight ahead on the main track.

Farm
The Ridgeway passes mainly over farmland and woodland.

Look out for the sign directing you left following the main Ridgeway path.

You should be able to see electricity pylons straight ahead of you.

You should now see Didcot Power Station to your left.

The path descends towards Streatley and becomes a tarmac road.

Stay on the tarmac road and don't take the footpath on the right by Wynders.

Go past Thurle Grange Farm on your right and see the golf club ahead and on your right.

Fields
View from the top of the golf course.

See Thurle Grange on your left.

Follow the road past Golf Cottages on the right and take the footpath directly after the cottages on the right.

Follow the footpath sign straight across the golf course, as it slopes quite steeply upwards.

The path continues out of the golf course, into woods, bearing right.

This will get you to the car park at Lardon Chase where you should have left your second car, the end of this part of the Berkshire Way.

You've completed

Part Seven of the Berkshire Way

Well Done!

Berkshire Way Part Eight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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