Brimpton Common - Wasing - Ashford Hill - Circular

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The walk is literally on the county boundary between Hampshire and Berkshire, which you walk along for a short distance. It is a surprisingly quiet and peaceful area, with no motorway noise and no major roads nearby. It is also quite easy going, with the route taking in a gentle drop down from Brimpton Common, which lies on a ridge, towards the Kennet Valley and only requiring a short climb back up through Haughurst Woods near the end of the walk.

The points of interests include the Wasing Estate. Wasing House is not open to the public, but the tiny church of St Nicholas can be visited. The route then loops around to the village of Brimpton, arriving right opposite Brimpton Manor Farm. This splendid house probably dates from the 17th Century. It still retains its own chapel of St Leonard, built in the 14th Century.

Depending on your time available and your interests, Brimpton offers St Peter's Church and the Three Horseshoes pub. St Peter's Church stands on the ridge in the centre of the village and its tall spire will have been visible to you for miles. It was built in 1869 on a site mentioned in the Domesday Book and designed in the 14th-Century style. The Three Horseshoes is an Arkells pub, boasting 'good, honest home-cooked food'.

Heading south from Brimpton towards the River Enborne, you will pass Hyde End House. This attractive building was built in 1807 and had a period after WW2 as a boarding school, after which it fell into disrepair. It was restored to its present state in the 1990s.

The River Enborne, which you cross several times, rises some miles west of here near Inkpen and joins the River Kennet north of Wasing. For a long way it forms the border between Berkshire and Hampshire and your route takes you along the border in the stretch between Hyde End and Ashford Hill.

The walk then passes through Ashford Hill Water Meadows, a National Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest.

England - South England - Berkshire - Countryside

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Church, Pub, Wildlife
29/12/2009 - Andrew Long

Great walk and instructions especially suitable after the excesses of Christmas.

31/05/2008 - Walkingworld Administrator

Very good walk even in heavy rain!!Worth stopping for lunch in the Three Horseshoes Pub in Brimpton, warm welcome for walkers(leave boots in hall) and an excellent choice of food. Thanks. Sara and Mary.

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