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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Newbury and Goring.

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Grid Ref SU4733567106
Lat / Lon 51.40102° / -1.32092°
Easting / Northing 447,335E / 167,106N
What3Words fades.rewarding.sorry
Grid Ref SU6026380642
Lat / Lon 51.52149° / -1.13280°
Easting / Northing 460,263E / 180,642N
What3Words hawks.thickens.shrug

Newgor One's land is

Arable 27.7%
Pasture 35.8%
Urban 22.1%
Water 0.1%
Woods 14.3%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018


Martin Ellis

10 Oct 2023 Autumn

Newbury to Goring 1 (Newgor 1) review.

An excellent longer Slow Way. It crosses the North Wessex Downs AONB, following fields and undulating copses. The steepest section is Streatley Hill outside of Goring. I had an unfortunate encounter with some cows.

Note: I walked Goring to Newbury.

The Slow Way leaves Goring via the Thames bridge and there is a steep ascent of Streatley Hill, which gives great views back over the Goring Gap (Photo 1). Aldermaston Wharf to Goring (Aldgor 1) offers an alternative route to skirt the hill via Grim’s Ditch.

The route continues along lanes and woods (Photo 2). At Growcroft Copse it passes close to a shooting range; a sign advises dogs be kept on leads. There is a gentle descent from White Hill (Photo 3) and further pleasant footpaths into Yattendon.

Yattendon has plenty to offer for a halfway break point. There is a convenience store and The Pantry café is great. There is also The Royal Oak, and the Renegade Brewery south of the village has a taproom.

The Slow Way passes the brewery (Photo 4) and crosses over the M4. The route follows the main road to The Pot Kiln at Frilsham. See Thatcham to Goring (Thagor 1) for an alternative wooded footpath to the pub.

I encountered some cows in the field west of the pub [SU548729] (Photo 5). I sensed they were wary, so I gave them a wide berth. Even so, as I passed the herd, they rushed towards me. I vaulted a low fence, surprising the homeowner. He admitted the cows could get frisky. On reflection, I am okay with verifying the route, as the cows seemed curious (or hungry?) rather than hostile. There are two other footpaths through Frilsham, so this field can be avoided if necessary.

That drama behind me, it was back to enjoying a mixture of field footpaths, an attractive pond, and wooded byways (Photos 6 & 7). There is a break point with two neighbouring pubs at Cold Ash.

The final rural stretch towards Newbury unsurprisingly passes by or through fields with horses. They proved more amiable than the cows (Photo 8).

The walk into Newbury avoids the roads by heading south to the Kennet & Avon for a canal side walk to the town centre.

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