Time: 3/4 hours
Parking: In car park at top of golf course in Streatley
and there are several car parks in Pangbourne.
BERKSHIRE WALKING AND SAFETY
the car park following the road up the hill.
past the first footpath that leads into National Trust woodland
called 'The Hollies', and take the footpath after that, by wooden
bollards and a litterbin.
the footpath alongside the golf course on the right.
see these gates into the National Trust's Basildon Park
out for the stile on the right (it's quite easy to miss!).
over the stile and onto the path, taking you onto a path with woods
on your left and a field on your right.
another stile on the right.
out for the yellow arrow sign and follow the path down through the
crop field, parallell to the path you have just left.
path slopes downwards.
you get to the bottom of the field by the house, follow the path
to the right into another field.
the house should be to your left.
you reach the tarmac road turn left.
right up the gravel track off the tarmac road, following the Byway
path climbs steadily.
the track forks, take the track to the right.
walk along the Thames is quiet and peaceful, apart from the
odd fisherman or two.
the path meets the tarmac road, turn right onto the road, carrying
on up the hill.
the road, past Bennet's Wood Farm.
out for the path on the left as the road swings to the right.
the footpath, going over the stile.
path follows the field boundary to the right.
the far side of the field, cross the stile into the woods.
on the path going downhill into the woods.
you reach the footpath sign at the other side of the wood turn right,
keeping the fenceline on your left.
path climbs quite steeply.
you reach the road, turn left.
about on the river.
you reach the t-junction on the bend, bear left towards upper Basildon,
onto a busier road.
road swings left.
the road is crossed by two paths, take the one on the left to Hare
over a cattlegrid.
you go into the stable yard, go past the gravel drive on your right
and look out for the stile, opposite the row of stables.
over the stile and into the field, following the fenceline on your
following the path as it slopes down the hill.
the bottom of the hill, you'll see dilapidated farm machinery to
the right, look out for the stile and
go across it into the woods.
out onto the tarmac road with The Shooting School on your left,
and turn right.
are now on the driveway to The Shooting School, when this meets
the road look out for the stone sign to the school and turn right.
left up the footpath just past Laundry Cottage on the left and Hook
End Farm on the right.
path is a gradual climb and it swings round to the right.
you come out of the woods, cross the playing fields keeping to the
footpath on the left.
following the path with tennis courts to your right.
you meet Park Wall Lane, turn left towards Lower Basildon and Streatley.
following the road past Harley House on the left and ahead of you
see the brick gateposts, this is the back entrance to Basildon Park.
on Park Wall Lane with the flint wall on your right.
into the right-hand edge of the road, it's quite narrow, following
the road into Lower Basildon.
you meet the road, opposite the Murco garage, turn left towards
Streatley and Oxford onto the A329 and not right towards
Pangbourne and Reading.
right, signposted to church.
the road as it goes over the railway line.
farm buildings on your right.
you reach the farm houses, turn left down the footpath, with the
church through the trees on your right.
may feel that you are going in the wrong direction for Pangbourne
but you're not!
right following the footpath and signs for a swingbridge.
the stile and walk down towards the river.
you reach the river turn right walking in the direction of Pangbourne.
out for Basildon Park on the skyline to the right.
the metal bridge into Beale Park.
to follow the path beside the river.
the path as it leaves the river and goes onto the road, turning
left towards Pangbourne.
the historic Swan pub on the left.
see this weir by The Swan pub in Pangbourne.
part of the walk ends just by the railway bridge.
Part Eight of the Berkshire Way
Way Part Nine