Chaddleworth (West Berks): Four Churches and Three Pubs Circular

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You will be walking on the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on the southern slope of the Berkshire Downs.

The idea behind this walk came from different sources: a) a request from a long-term and loyal Walkingworld member for more walks in Berkshire; b) writing and walking Walk 4624 on the Ridgeway just north of here and reading a book by John Betjeman’s daughter about her childhood there; and c) seeing a cluster of villages on the OS map that I had never heard of and which I hoped would make a good walk!

The walk turned out very well and offers the combination of attractive villages with thatched cottages and stately homes, interesting churches from different ages and quiet byways and lanes across miles of beautiful rolling countryside. On top of all that, there are three pubs, spaced out to suit your requirements, whether you prefer a break and a drink en route or at the end; details in Additional Information.

A great walk for me in this part of England includes sightings of deer, buzzards and / or red kite, larks, perhaps one other favourite bird like a stonechat or yellowhammer or lapwing and hares. This walk, on a lovely day in May 2008 scored ten hares and most of the others!

England - South England - Berkshire - North Wessex Downs

Features

Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Great Views, Mostly Flat, Pub, Public Transport, Wildlife, Woodland
27/09/2014 - Sally-Ann Jay

Great walk with many interesting landmarks and some lovely views. Walked with two dogs - there were cows, sheep and horses on our route but no problems. A pub lunch update: The Ibex in Chaddleworth has been closed for some 2 years. Fox at Peasemore serves 12-2 weekdays, except Tues & all afternoon Sat & Sun. Stag Leckhampstead is closed on a Mon but serves 12-2 the rest of the week.

26/01/2009 - Walkingworld Administrator

Thanks to Andrew Long for updating this walk January 2009.

03/01/2009 - Andrew Long

Great walk - one to burn off the xmas excesses! No nettles but field paths in WM21 were unmarked and thus hard to find.