Bucklebury Common – Midgham – Carbins Wood - Bucklebury Common

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Bucklebury Common – Midgham – Channel Wood – Carbins Wood - Bucklebury Common

This walk is located in West Berkshire on the banks of the Kennet Valley between Reading and Thatcham. Although picturesque, one of the downsides of walking in the Kennet Valley is the lack of landcape views. Because this walk starts at the top of the valley before moving down and then up again, you do get some impressive views of the valley plus the downs in the distance.

The walk starts in Bucklebury Common before crossing the main road to take in newly cultivated heathland. The route then heads downhill and at this point you can catch some fantastic views of the hills, churches and tall chimneys. Upon walking up a hill into the village of Midgham, you can take a detour into the Victorian church before enjoying Midgham Park with its views and wildlife. The remainder of the walk takes in Channel Wood and Carbins Wood before returning to the start via the original byway. It's a nice, varied walk!

England - South England - Berkshire - Thames Valley


Church, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Moor, Nature Trail, Pub, Public Transport, Woodland
11/16/2020 - Andrew Long

Walk re-visited after heavy rainfall to assess impact on walk and general updates added. WM5 new photo added.

4/14/2017 - Neil Packham

This packs in a lot of scenic variety without any real downsides at this time of year - firm underfoot with one or two exceptions and the bluebells in Channel Wood & Carbins Wood will be spectacular in a months time. Midgham Park section pretty. Road walking sections all short and quiet.

8/9/2012 - Sally-Ann Jay

This was a lovely walk albeit undertaken in relentless rain - in July! Interesting & varied as billed. I took two dogs with me, plenty of places they could be happily off the lead. We encountered sheep, cows and horses, all of whom were no problem and the latter distinctly friendly. There was a lot of work being undertaken in the woods and the paths were deep mud and in places obliterated. There are a lot of paths crisscrossing in this area so you have to keep your wits about you but the instructions are comprehensive and clear. Thanks!

1/9/2011 - Andrew Long

9 January 2011 - Walk reviewed and slight update applied by Author.

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