Lower Earley – Dinton Pastures – Lavell's Lake LNR

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Lower Earley – Loddon Bridge – Woodley – Dinton Pastures Country Park – Lavell's Lake Local Nature Reserve

This is a modern walk insomuch that had you visited the area forty years ago, it would have looked very different – much more rural. Despite the urbanisation, the planners have seen fit to provide pleasant river walks and the 335 acres of Dinton Pastures Country Park with its seven lakes, two rivers and meadows (it was once used for gravel extraction). The country park is a popular venue for local residents, with a variety of activities including fishing, cycling, sailing and walking.

Starting from the Lower Earley housing development, the walk takes in the landscaped flood-plain next to the River Loddon, which is maturing nicely. Passing by the new(ish) cinema multiplex, we are quickly back onto country paths before entering the country park. It then detours into Lavell's Lake Local Nature Reserve. The walk does a big loop before visiting the café (tea shop) in the country park, where you can partake of an afternoon tea or an ice cream. The route then returns to the starting point along a similar route to that followed on the way out, with a few variations. The route is flat, the paths are reasonably well-defined and stays away from vehicular traffic other than for crossing roads.

Important: in Waymark 18, the walk passes through a short but dark, corrugated tunnel to reach the hotel. If you feel unhappy about walking through the tunnel, an alternative route back to the start is described in Waymark 17.

England - South England - Berkshire - Thames Valley

Features

Birds, Good for Kids, Mostly Flat, Nature Trail, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife
02/01/2011 - Andrew Long

Walk reviewed and updated by Author on 2 January 2011

29/01/2009 - Walkingworld Administrator

Thank you, Julie. Andrew has now corrected the instructions.

11/01/2009 - Julie White

Interesting walk with lots to look at but quite busy. Couple of points: waymark 8 you go through a box gate before reaching bridge, waymark 9 White Swan Lake is on your right not left. Worth noting as well that unless you want to use cafe or toilets turn right round end of field with play equipment at waymark 13 rather than go in and out of car park.

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