Matt & Roger’s Berkshire Odyssey

Saturday 27th August, saw a slightly delayed start from New Malden, via Berrylands, Long Ditton, Thames Ditton, Esher, Walton on Thames, Walton bridge, Shepperton, Chertsey bridge, Thorpe, Virginia water for 11’s’s at the Cafe in Windsor great park, then Blacknest gate, Cheapside, Ascot racecourse, North Ascot, Chavey down, Martins Heron, Hanworth, Crowthorne to Finchampstead for lunch at the ‘Queens oak’, then Hogwood, Farley hill, Swallowfield, Beeches hill, Stratfield Mortimer, Padworth common, Aldermaston, Brimpton, Crookham, Greenham common, Greenham to Newbury for Coffee at ‘Tesco’s’, then Wash common to Wash water and the campsite at ‘Oakley farm’. Total 61 Miles. After  pitching the tents a pleasant walk to the ‘Woodpecker’ for dinner.

Map :-

Sunday 28th August, a cloudy day with some very light Showers, saw our intrepid duo go via Wash common, to Newbury for Breakfast at Wetherspoons, ‘the Hatchet Inn’, then  Speen and the Lambourn valley including Boxford, Easton,

attractive field pattern in the Lambourn valley, with Matt

Welford, Weston, Great Shefford, Eastbury, Lambourn for a brief coffee stop, then Upper Lambourn, Ashdown park

Ashdown House

, Ashbury, Bishopstone, Hinton Parva, for lunch in the bus-stop at Wanborough, then a mis-reading of the Map led to the outskirts of Swindon, (but handily avoiding the worst of the rain judging by the puddles encountered later),Liddington, Wanborough plain, Aldbourne, Preston, Whittonditch, Knighton,Chilton Foliat, to Hungerford, for Tea & Cakes at the ‘Tea Shoppe’, then the Kennet & Avon canal towpath to Kintbury, then Kintbury holt, Ball hill, East Woodhay, Enborne Row to Wash water & the Campsite. Total 53 Miles. After walking to the Woodpecker again only to find no Evening food, return to the campsite & Cycle to Newbury & another visit to ‘the Hatchet Inn for Dinner.


Monday 29th August, a bright sunny day saw us strike Camp, then Pound street, West street track, Ecchinswell to Kingsclere for Coffee & Cakes, too early for the ‘Church Fete’, with different objectives for the day, Roger continued alone via Plantation hill,

view from Plantation hill

Hannington, North Oakley, Ashe, Steventon, North Waltham for lunch at ‘the Wheatsheath Inn’, then Axford, Lasham, Shalden green, Golden pot, Upper & Lower Froyle, Bentley, Alice Holt Forest, Rowledge, Wrecclesham, Farnham, Compton, Runfold, the ‘Christmas pie trail’ to Tongham, Ash , Ash Vale to Mytchett and the ‘Basingstoke canal Campsite. Total 52 Miles. After pitching camp, return to Ash Vale via the Canal Towpath for Dinner at ‘the Swan’.


Tuesday 30th August, a glorious Sunny day, meant striking camp, then Pirbright for Breakfast, then Brookwood, Mayford, Old Woking, Send, Send Marsh, East Horsley, Effingham, to Great Bookham for lunch at ‘the Anchor’, then Fetcham, Leatherhead, Ashtead common, Epsom common, Manor park, West Ewell, Hogsmill path, Old Malden to Home. Total 33 Miles. Total Mileage over 4 days, 210 Miles


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