TadleyAldermaston Wharf

Tadald one
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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Tadley and Aldermaston Wharf.

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Is this route good enough? -  No (2)

Problems reported -  Safety (2)

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Grid Ref SU5990362061
Lat / Lon 51.35447° / -1.14113°
Easting / Northing 459,903E / 162,061N
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Aldermaston Wharf
Grid Ref SU6012967345
Lat / Lon 51.40196° / -1.13699°
Easting / Northing 460,129E / 167,345N
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Tadald One's land is

Arable 3.0%
Moors 4.2%
Other 1.3%
Pasture 50.0%
Urban 21.0%
Woods 20.5%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018


Berkshire Walker

20 Jan 2024 Winter

I agree with the previous reviewer that although this is mostly a pleasant route, the section of road walking on the fast and busy Reading Road is too dangerous for this to be an acceptable addition to the network. I will upload an alternative route using off road option and quiet lanes to by pass the dangerous road.

Martin Ellis

02 Jun 2022 Spring

Tadley to Aldermaston Wharf (Tadald 1) review.

A short route in North Hampshire from Tadley to the Kennet & Avon canal at Aldermaston Wharf.

The Slow Way begins on the main road through Tadley. There’s a supermarket and a café. The route follows a quiet lane around the edge of Tadley Common.

A wooded lane is followed by a grassy path past residential park homes (Photo 1) and through a copse (Photo 2).

Unfortunately, there is then a section of the Reading Road at the southern perimeter of the Aldermaston M.O.D. site. I found this to be too dangerous for pedestrians. It has fast moving traffic in both directions and a step up onto a narrow grass verge. What is worse, the verge is blocked in places by overhanging foliage.

The Slow Way continues around the perimeter roads. These were safer by virtue of having much less traffic.

The route continues north along a quiet tarmacked lane (Photo 3). There is then an attractive woodland path which was muddy in places (Photo 4).

I enjoyed the route over the River Kennet. There are a couple of bridges over small weirs, and a salmon ‘fish ladder’ to help the fish otherwise blocked by the canal locks and weirs (Photo 5).

Finally, the route crosses the Kennet & Avon canal to end at Aldermaston Wharf station.

I’ve given the route three stars as it was almost entirely a pleasant walk to take. Unfortunately, the Reading Road section means I can’t verify it for safely concerns. Looking at the map I can see two options.

A wider sweep east would avoid Aldermaston Park but also add to the length. Alternatively, there is a footpath that runs parallel to the dangerous section, emerging on the Soke Road (SU614634). This might be a safer way to cross the Reading Road.

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