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Newbury

Berkshire


Slow Ways linking Newbury and East Ilsley, Goring, Hungerford, Kingsclere, Thatcham, Vernham Dean

England / Berkshire / Newbury

Newbury’s six Slow Ways are 58% checked

Drawn: 6/6
reviewed: 6/6
verified: 2/6
and surveyed: 0/6

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Many Slow Ways have several route options. Some will be better than others, or good for different reasons.

Our goal is for each Slow Way to have at least one route that is verified and surveyed. To be verified – and get its snail badge – a route needs at least three positive reviews.

Give a hike and help get a for every one of Newbury’s Slow Ways.

Walk to Newbury from further afield

Slow Way Route To do
Hungerford—Newbury
Hunnew one Survey me Distance 14km/9mi Ascent 47m Descent 73m
Newbury—East Ilsley
Newbeas one

Double check Distance 21km/13mi Ascent 201m Descent 237m
Newbury—East Ilsley
Newbeas two Pioneer me Distance 22km/13mi Ascent 311m Descent 275m
Newbury—Kingsclere
Newbkin one Pioneer me Distance 14km/8mi Ascent 165m Descent 143m
Newbury—Kingsclere
Newbkin three

Review me Distance 12km/8mi Ascent 149m Descent 123m
Newbury—Goring
Newgor one Review me Distance 26km/16mi Ascent 446m Descent 470m
Newbury—Thatcham
Newtha one Survey me Distance 6km/3mi Ascent 24m Descent 25m
Newbury—Thatcham
Newtha two Survey me Distance 6km/4mi Ascent 16m Descent 16m
Vernham Dean—Newbury
Vernew one Pioneer me Distance 22km/14mi Ascent 407m Descent 354m
Vernham Dean—Newbury
Vernew two Review me Distance 23km/14mi Ascent 250m Descent 304m

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Collective progress

50% of Newbury’s six route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

10/10

drawn

7/10

reviewed

0/10

surveyed

3/10

verified

9 people have contributed to Newbury’s Slow Ways

1 people have pledged to walk and review a route

0 people have surveyed a route in Newbury

107km out of 165km have been walked and reviewed

211km of reviews have been shared in Newbury

Latest Updates

But, when checking the usage on Strava heat maps (a good proxy for footpath usage rates) it's striking that one part of this route is extremely faint, the long N-S stretch running east of Brick Kiln Wood....

Daisy C

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Newbury—East Ilsley

Daisy C added Newbeas two, a new walk from Newbury to East Ilsley

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Martin Ellis took this photo on Newgor one

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The steepest section is Streatley Hill outside of Goring. 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 Slow Way passes the brewery (Photo 4) and crosses over the M4. I encountered some cows in the field west of the pub [SU548729] (Photo 5)....

Martin Ellis

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Nice route, but we tend to cut across the Lower Way Playing Fields...

steveculshaw

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From the village of Vernham Dean, the route follows footpaths and lanes to join the Test Way walking route (Photo 1) as it ascends towards the escarpment ridgeway (Photo 2). The Slow Way follows the Wayfarer’s Walk east atop the escarpment. The route leaves the Wayfarer’s Walk for a footpath that is a direct descent off the escarpment (Photos 6 & 7). The long walk NE into Newbury is a pleasant mixture of quiet village lanes and footpaths (Photos 8 & 9)....

Martin Ellis

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The path to the south of Newbury Sewage Works and round past Thatcham Lakes can get extremely muddy. An alternative is after crossing the reed beds, continue north onto Prince Holt Road and follow Lower Way...

Kath Hodgson

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The section of the towpath which runs from the bridge at the eastern end of Hambridge Lane to the B3421 can be extremely muddy so an alternative is to use Hambridge Lane instead which has decent pavements...

Kath Hodgson

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Exiting the Nature Discovery Centre via the Community Orchard, another gravel track leads towards Lower Way where the route crosses the road into a small housing estate, finally leading to a footpath behind the church and into Thatcham town centre....

Ursula

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A walk from Newbury in Berkshire across into Hampshire; taking in Greenham Common, fields and woodland to arrive at Kingscleve on the edge of the North Wessex Downs. The route leaves the lane for footpaths across fields to eventually join the Brenda Parker Way (a long-distance path across Hampshire, Photo 4). The route soon leaves the Way for a more direct path into Kingsclere (Photo 5)....

Martin Ellis

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This is a great Slow Way route and maybe the very best way to travel between Hungerford and Newbury. Really enjoyed it.. and the ultra easy navigation made the conversation with my walking partner all the richer....

danravenellison

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The towpath is paved and gravel chiiping to another road bridge crossing, but from there is unpaved until the Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre. The road area here is quiet, though there is one relatively busy road to cross....

Paul Kettel

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Vernham Dean—Newbury

charding added Vernew two, a new walk from Vernham Dean to Newbury

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Newbury—Thatcham

charding added Newtha two, a new walk from Newbury to Thatcham

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Starting from the bus station in Newbury the route follows the Kennet Canal towpath all the way to Hungerford Railway Station. This leads to it being it is both very direct and flat. The path surface is mainly paved or gravelled with a few gates but would be suitable for wheels....

Barry Dale

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Love walk along the Kennet & Avon canal from Hungerford to Newbury. Possible to break the route at Kintbury, where there are various shops & pubs....

steveculshaw

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To avoid walking on the pavements from Thatcham town centre it is possible to walk to Thatcham station and follow the canal path from there to Newbury....

YD

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The route starts at Hungerford (Photo 1), the point at which the river Kennet first meets the canal....

Martin Ellis

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As an alternative, continue along the towpath, passing the Monkey Marsh turf-sided lock, to Thatcham Station....

Martin Ellis

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Martin Ellis took this photo on Newtha one

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Newbury—Kingsclere

Ursula added Newbkin three, a new walk from Newbury to Kingsclere

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The route crosses the road to continue across Greenham Common on mainly gravel tracks popular with walkers, runners, and cyclists. On exiting the Common there is a small section of road to follow (no pavement) to reach the path across Sydmonton Common....

Ursula

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The first section of the route follows the Kennet & Avon canal towpath through Victoria Park and out of Newbury to the Hambridge Road. The route crosses the road to continue on the towpath, perfectly walkable but no longer paved....

Ursula

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A straightforward to navigate route along the Kennet & Avon canal towpath which also accommodates National Cycle Network Route 4 towards Newbury....

Ursula

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Newbury

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Newbury

Twmble surveyed Newbury

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Hungerford—Newbury

Slow Ways added Hunnew one, a new walk from Hungerford to Newbury

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Newbury—East Ilsley

Slow Ways added Newbeas one, a new walk from Newbury to East Ilsley

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Newbury—Kingsclere

Slow Ways added Newbkin one, a new walk from Newbury to Kingsclere

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Newbury—Goring

Slow Ways added Newgor one, a new walk from Newbury to Goring

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Newbury—Thatcham

Slow Ways added Newtha one, a new walk from Newbury to Thatcham

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Vernham Dean—Newbury

Slow Ways added Vernew one, a new walk from Vernham Dean to Newbury

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Newbury, Wed 24 April

11°

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Newbury’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

SU4733567106

Lat / Lon

51.40102° / -1.32092°

Easting / Northing

447,335E / 167,106N

Fancy stretching your legs a bit more?

If you’ve polished off all of the routes between Newbury and its neighbours, how about walking its whole web?

This includes the great ring of routes that join its neighbours to each other!

Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Newbury's meeting point

Public toilet

Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket or convenience shop

Restaurant, cafe or pub

Accommodation

Accommodation for under £50 a night

Campsite

Bothy

Free wifi

Mobility scooter hire

Off-road wheelchair hire

Disabled Parking

Train station

Bus stop

Ferry

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