Chaddleworth and Peasemore on the West Berkshire Downs

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You will be walking in the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on the slopes of the West Berkshire Downs.

The idea behind this walk came from different sources: a) a request from a Walkingworld member for more walks in Berkshire; b) writing and walking Walk 4624 on the Ridgeway and reading a book by John Betjeman's daughter about her childhood there; and c) seeing a cluster of villages on the OS map that I had never heard of and which I hoped would make a good walk!

The walk turned out very well and offers the combination of attractive villages with thatched cottages and stately homes, interesting churches from different ages and quiet byways and lanes across miles of beautiful rolling countryside.

A great walk for me in this part of England includes sightings of deer, hares, buzzards and/ or red kites, larks, and perhaps one other favourite bird like a stonechat or a yellowhammer or a lapwing. This walk, on a lovely day in May, scored ten hares and most of the others!

There are two pubs, suiting your requirements, whether you prefer a break and a drink about half-way or at the end; details in Additional Information.

You could make this into a slightly shorter 6m/10k walk by going south down the track from Waymarks 14 to 26.

England - South England - Berkshire - North Wessex Downs


Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Great Views, Mostly Flat, Pub, Public Transport, Wildlife, Woodland
9/27/2014 - Sally-Ann Jay

Great walk with many interesting landmarks and some lovely views. Walked with two dogs - there were cows, sheep and horses on our route but no problems.

1/26/2009 - Walkingworld Administrator

Thanks to Andrew Long for updating this walk January 2009.

1/3/2009 - Andrew Long

Great walk - one to burn off the xmas excesses! No nettles but field paths in WM21 were unmarked and thus hard to find.