Yattendon - Greenaway's Copse – Ashampstead - Yattendon

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This is a walk for those who wish to go out with their family but do not want anything too strenuous. Starting in the picturesque village of Yattendon in the Royal County of Berkshire, the walk heads out of the village near the church before coming across Mumsgrove Copse with the first glimpse of Christmas trees. It then passes the wide driveway of the now-departed Yattendon Court, home of the designer of the Natural History Museum and Reading Town Hall. There then follows a further field of Christmas trees and some pleasing hillside views before arriving in the picturesque village of Ashampstead, where you can rest on the recreation field.

The route back takes you through open countryside before reaching the picture-postcard Yattendon village centre, with a pub, historic village stores and elaborate bus shelter. Best of all, Yattendon is the home of a brewery, with its own shop where you can stock up before leaving the village.

England - South England - Berkshire - Thames Valley

Features

Birds, Church, Good for Kids, Great Views, Mostly Flat, Play Area, Pub, Wildlife, Woodland
09/05/2017 - Neil Packham

Re-walked today in a brisk hour and a half. Rather than immediately turning left on exiting the wood, the walker should continue past an outbuilding to reach the track which then turns left and swings round the garage - not obviously a public footpath but it is!

17/04/2017 - Neil Packham

All stiles described from WM18 onwards have been replaced by kissing gates, so this is now an entirely stile-free walk. Directions confusing at WM8 as they don't appear to correspond to the (recently laid) track which is the obvious way forward, but I was able to blunder around for a bit until I found the Christmas tree field - I'll re-walk this soon to see if the directions require amendment. Otherwise a peaceful walk in this still-rural part of West Berkshire, with a good mix of open fields, byways and pretty bluebell woods.

29/12/2013 - Simon Jones

Good for dogs as almost all of route is 'off lead' except when young bird and lambs about

29/12/2013 - Simon Jones

At way point 17 there is now a very good farm shop with a small tea room open Monday to Saturday 8.00-5.00

06/10/2012 - Andrew Long

The West Berkshire Brewery and shop has now moved out of the village and can be found on the Yattendon to Frilsham road just before you cross the M4. Their website containing directions and opening hours is: http://wbbrew.com/shop.html

08/05/2011 - Andrew Long

Walk reviewed and updated following serious showers to allow update muddy sections of walk. Red kites can now be found in field in WM21.

20/01/2011 - Chris Christodoulou

Did this walk on 15th Jan 2010. Parking was easy, directions were excellent and easy to follow. Well done Andrew! The `Royal Oak' is an all day pub so rewarding yourself is convenient. Nice walk but better done in fine weather.

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