Sindlesham - Bearwood - Farley Hill - Arborfield

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Despite the urbanisation of the area south of Reading, there is still much countryside to walk and enjoy. This walk starts off in Sindlesham before heading into fields running parallel to a noisy M4. After that the walk passes through country lanes, over a ford and then past the River Loddon. Stop for a pint (or two) at the award-winning Magpie and Parrot pub on the Arborfield Road before enjoying quiet fields and the woods around Farley Hill and returning to Arborfield Cross Village. Further refreshment can be taken here at The Bull Inn before heading back via Bearwood Lake.

Although not as picturesque as say, the Chilterns, there should be enough variety to keep the walker interested. Also the paths through the woods are clearly marked and there is little chance of getting lost!

Note: the walk runs along and crosses the busy A327 between Shinfield and Aborfield in Waymark 07. Care should be taken here, though the road has good visibility and there are verges to walk on.

The walk also crosses the less busy B3030 in Waymark 16 and then uses the verge in Waymark 18 before the pavement begins.

England - South England - Berkshire - Thames Valley

Features

Birds, Church, Mostly Flat, Pub, Public Transport, River, Wildlife, Woodland
30/12/2010 - Andrew Long

Walk reviewed and updated by the Author on 26 December 2010

05/06/2009 - Walkingworld Administrator

This walk was updated June 2009.

04/06/2009 - Gavin Bradshaw

A pleasant and enjoyable walk which is easy to follow and doesn't require anything more than a gentle gradient to climb. Although there are some sections along roads, there are adequate verges or pavements to keep you out of the traffic. When I went in June 09, the path described at waymark 8 had been partially cleared, so there wasn't much wading required to cross the overgrown small field.

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