Ashampstead - Aldworth - Westridge Green - Ashampstead

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This is a straightforward walk through the woodlands and open fields of West Berkshire in the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Starting from the village of Ashamptead, the walk initially heads west before turning north, to pass through some pleasing woods before reaching the village of Aldworth. Here you will find the church and The Bell Inn.

Heading east, the walk passes through fields and then through the hamlet of Westridge Green. After navigating a tricky junction onto a footpath outside the hamlet, the walk heads south again through some pleasant woodland before coming out to follow a stretch of country lane.

Turning south once more, the walk passes through more woodland before descending White Hill to reach another country lane. There follows a gentle climb through woodland near Longcroft Shaw, a further stretch of country lane-walking before returning to the start of the walk round the back of the village of Ashampstead.

If you wish to extend this walk, first undertake the outward leg of 5420, then do this one followed by the return leg of 5420 to create an mega walk!

England - South England - Berkshire - North Wessex Downs


Birds, Church, Great Views, Pub, Wildlife, Woodland
2/14/2021 - Andrew Long

Walk revisited and updated on 14 February 2021. Despite all the winter rain, woodland paths were surprisingly mud free. Added reference to Farm Shop (opposite start of WM02) where you can stock up. Pub is currently closed because of lockdown. Walk length extended to 8.5 miles.

3/25/2018 - Andrew Long

Hi Neil, I walked the section you mentioned and it's fine. The path from the inter-section is open and has a number of market posts down to the field. I suspect my unclear instructions caused you to walk onto Yattendon estates land and hence notices you encountered. I have updated WM2 and 3 to make the finding of the path intersection easier.

3/14/2018 - Neil Packham

Unfortunately this walk can’t currently be completed without trespassing; signs between the right path at WM3 and the open field state no public right of way. Hopefully a re-write can divert around this short section as it otherwise has a lot to offer; very well directed, with a good mixture of woodland and scenic field walking. There is a relatively high proportion of road walking too, but it’s all on quiet country lanes with little traffic.

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