Shinfield - Deardon Field - Three Mile Cross - Five Acres Field - Shinfield Circular

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This is an unashamed semi-urban walk which heads from Shinfield to Three Mile Cross and back. The walk passes through historic Shinfield including the church, developments in the sixties and then housing estates of the millennium. Those wanting some countryside will not be disappointed with the stretches heading in and out of Three Mile Cross plus some rural walking found in Waymarks 16 to 18. One of the benefits of this type of housing development is the creation of many new footpaths, allowing residents to explore their area.

England - South England - Berkshire - Thames Valley


Church, Mostly Flat, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, Wildlife
11/2/2023 - Andrew Long

Thanks to Gavin for his feedback. I have updated the walk and a number of the photographs.

10/15/2023 - Gavin Bradshaw

I was very pleasantly surprised by this walk. The author has done a fine job of picking out a decent bit of countryside around an urban development. I won't say it is one of my favourite walks, as I love open views over the hills the best, but it does what it says on the tin and it does it very well. Not everyone wants to climb up and down hills. A good amount of the walk is still in open flat countryside and the housing estates it passes through have wide paths, green places and kids playgrounds. There was no mud to speak of, but a couple of the fields were a bit soggy I suppose. It is outdoors after all! The starting point seems a bit arbitrary, but as the author points out, you can start at other places. I chose to start at WM 03, but bus route 3 from Reading crosses the walk in a few places, so you can chose what works best for you. There is a car park near WM 7 for those that want to drive. Overall, it is worth giving this walk a go on a sunny autumn afternoon, as I did. If you just want the rolling hills of the Chilterns, it is probably not for you.

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