St Birinus Part 2: Blewbury – East Hagbourne - Blewbury

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St Birinus Part 2 (full length): Blewbury – South Moreton – East Hagbourne - Blewbury

The village of Blewbury, nestling below Churn Hill, boasts 'chocolate-box' cottages with thatched roofs and colourful gardens. Even the walls to some footpaths are thatched, an unusual feature of this area. Passing through the churchyard, cared for as a wildlife reserve, it's worth looking inside the ancient church, especially on some summer Sunday afternoons when tea, coffee and cake are often served! Walk alongside the crystal-clear streams and out via a farmyard to Blewburton Hill with its Iron Age fort. The path crosses the shoulder of the hill, but it is worth taking advantage of the 'open access' to climb to the top for the view which enabled King Alfred to keep a lookout for invaders trying to cross the Thames at two possible fords. From here to South Moreton the flat Thames Valley provides both arable farmland and grazing for several beautiful horses. In South Moreton the old church is worth visiting and there is a pub if a lunchtime break is sought. Here you leave the route of the St Birinus Pilgrimage to loop back to your starting point. Crossing further fields enables you to reach East Hagbourne, another delightful village with splendid old cottages to admire, as well as its ancient church and welcome pub. From here it's an easy walk back to Blewbury.

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England - Central England - Oxfordshire - Thames Valley

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Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Mostly Flat, Pub, River

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