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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Thatcham and Tadley.

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Grid Ref SU5173267393
Lat / Lon 51.40321° / -1.25768°
Easting / Northing 451,732E / 167,393N
Grid Ref SU5990362061
Lat / Lon 51.35447° / -1.14113°
Easting / Northing 459,903E / 162,061N
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Thatad One's land is

Arable 24.9%
Pasture 29.9%
Urban 29.3%
Woods 15.9%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018


Martin Ellis

02 Jun 2022 Spring

Thatcham to Tadley (Thatad 1) review.

A ramble through North Hampshire along footpaths, the Brenda Parker Way, and across a nature reserve.

It starts at the centre of Thatcham with amenities to hand. There’s a short urban walk to the rail station and then over the Kennet & Avon canal and River Kennet (Photo 1).

A tarmacked lane becomes a footpath south through woods and beside fields (Photos 2 & 3). The way is clearly marked; I’m not sure I’ve ever seen so many ‘private property’ signs on a walk! The route was narrow in places and muddy even on a dry day – so would probably be a bit of a slog after prolonged rain.

The main road through Crookham only has a grass verge (Photo 4) but not much traffic. The Traveller’s Friend pub is not in use (as of June 2022).

The footpath south (Photo 5) is tarmacked as far as the River Enborne. The Slow Way then joins The Brenda Parker Way: a long-distance path across Hampshire. The section beside the river is grassy and somewhat uneven (Photo 6). It then becomes a woodland path southeast to Ashford Hill (Photo 7).

The Ship Inn at Ashford Hill was closed on my walk and seems to be a B&B rather than a pub. The real gem of this Slow Way is the Ashford Hill Nature Reserve (Photos 8 & 9). Its meadows and woodlands are well worth a visit.

The Slow Way then leaves the Brenda Parker Way for a more direct route into Tadley. This is a shame and I wonder if staying on the path into south Tadley would make for a more attractive, albeit slightly longer, option?

There is a break point at The Badgers' Wood on the edge of Tadley (Photo 10). The urban walk to the end of the Slow Way is pleasant enough; taking alleyways and quiet streets for the most part.

Overall, I greatly enjoyed this Slow Way. It made good use of the Brenda Parker Way and footpaths. Negatives would be the muddy sections on a wet day and, with two pubs out of action, the lack of convenient break points.

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