Three Mile Cross - River Loddon - Beech Hill - Three Mile Cross

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It's not unreasonable to say that the countryside south of Reading in the Royal Country of Berkshire has been changed by the coming of the M4 and also the A33 Bypass connecting Reading with Basingstoke. If you cannot see the level of traffic in the area, you will certainly hear it. Despite this, there are plenty of walks where you still can enjoy the countryside. This walk starts in Three Mile Cross, just to the south of Junction 11 of the M4, before heading through Spencers Wood and out into the country. After crossing the A327, the walker encounters the relative tranquillity of the River Loddon and Lambs Lane. After passing under the A33, you head through Priory Farm, whereupon you can take in some of the views of the countryside. The walk passes through quiet bridleways before crossing the A33 again. The last part of the walk is intriguing as it takes a 'hidden' bridleway located next to the A33, which must have been something akin to a drovers' trail.

This walk does not pretend to be a ramble through the Peak District or the Yorkshire Dales, but I would like to think it describes another way around the area away from the hustle and bustle of the busy road network.

England - South England - Berkshire - Thames Valley

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Mostly Flat, Pub, River, Wildlife, Woodland
15/03/2015 - Kevin Pay

The road noise is terrible for about 60% of this walk. The section along the hidden path is unbearable, I think due to the new road surface. Really only do this walk if you are happy being very close to a major road.

03/04/2011 - Andrew Long

Walk reviewed and updated by contributor on 3 April 2011.

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