Wokingham - Gorrick Plantation - Crowthorne - Back

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Starting from Wokingham Railway Station, the walk heads under the railway bridge and out into the countryside, passing the old Lucas Almshouse. A right turn takes the rambler into Gorrick Plantation with its varied woodland. A short stretch of walking along the pavement of the Nine Mile Ride follows, before heading back into the woods, where we will pass houses of the rather affluent local residents.

Upon reaching Crowthorne, the walk heads over the railway bridge and passes the station, which in itself is an alternative starting point for the walk. Heading north, the walk passes through the East Berkshire Golf Course before reaching the Nine Mile Ride once more. After a little road- or verge-walking, the route heads back into Gorrick Plantation on a bridleway which can be a little muddy in places.

Upon leaving the woodland, the route passes through fields of cultivated strawberries. The workers here come from abroad, as can be seen by the pylon warning signs being translated into Polish and Russian! After skirting the boundaries of Ludgrove School, the walk heads over the Reading to Waterloo line to re-enter Wokingham. A pleasant stroll through Langborough Recreation Park takes the walker to Fairview Road with its collection of plain but functional brick buildings.

At the end of the road, the walker can either turn left to return to the railway station or turn right to sample the many pubs and restaurants Wokingham has to offer.

England - South England - Berkshire - Thames Valley


Birds, Mostly Flat, Pub, Public Transport, Wildlife, Woodland
5/2/2021 - Andrew Long

Route reviewed on 2 May. Some photos refreshed. Minor changes to text in particular Heathlands Road in WM12.

7/17/2020 - Gavin Bradshaw

As of July 2020, parking charges at Wokingham Station are now £8.60 peak daily and £3.50 after 4pm.

7/17/2020 - Gavin Bradshaw

This walk is largely along wide trails and lanes as described and Gorrick Plantation seems very popular with dog walkers and a few casual mountain bikers. I suspect many of these people are staying at the campsite that is now around WM 6. There's been quite a lot of redevelopment around the start of the walk, so buildings have come and gone, but the directions are still easy to follow. Personally I didn't really enjoy this walk that much as too much time was spent on long tarmac driveways and stepping aside as cars passed. Not a constant stream, but it seemed one passed every couple of minutes and I enjoy walks more when you get out into the countryside for an hour or two. So not a bad walk really, just not my cup of tea (or pint of beer).

6/11/2012 - Andrew Long

Walk revisited and updated by contributor.

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