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Thatcham

Berkshire


Slow Ways linking Thatcham and Aldermaston Wharf, Goring, Kingsclere, Newbury, Tadley

England / Berkshire / Thatcham

Thatcham’s five Slow Ways are 60% checked

Drawn: 5/5
reviewed: 5/5
verified: 2/5
and surveyed: 0/5

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Walk to Thatcham from further afield

Slow Way Route To do
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
Thatcham—Aldermaston Wharf
Thaald one Survey me Distance 10km/6mi Ascent 15m Descent 38m
Thatcham—Goring
Thagor one Verify me Distance 23km/14mi Ascent 392m Descent 417m
Thatcham—Goring
Thagor two Pioneer me Distance 27km/17mi Ascent 279m Descent 305m
Thatcham—Kingsclere
Thakin one Review me Distance 12km/8mi Ascent 118m Descent 97m
Thatcham—Tadley
Thatad one Review me Distance 14km/9mi Ascent 123m Descent 146m

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Collective progress

57% of Thatcham’s five route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

7/7

drawn

6/7

reviewed

0/7

surveyed

3/7

verified

7 people have contributed to Thatcham’s Slow Ways

2 people have pledged to walk and review a route

0 people have surveyed a route in Thatcham

71km out of 98km have been walked and reviewed

159km of reviews have been shared in Thatcham

Latest Updates

Thatcham—Goring

Berkshire Walker pledged to walk Thagor one

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I walked this route from Thatcham to Goring on an overcast day in December after a fairly wet autumn, so several footpaths were rather muddy, but all were still passable, and most roads near the route were quiet enough that it would be possible to divert around the worst sections if needed....

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Thatcham—Goring

atul kapila added Thagor two, a new walk from Thatcham to Goring

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You can stop at the Rowbarge at Midgham for food & drink, or at the Aldermaston Tea Rooms at Aldermaston Wharf. Both are right by the canal towpath....

steveculshaw

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

steveculshaw

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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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The walk crosses the river into Berkshire and then through fields and woods to finish in Thatcham on the Kennet & Avon Canal. The walk into Thatcham was the same route as Thatcham to Tadley (see Thatad 1): a mixture of tarmacked lanes and wooded footpaths. The Slow Way crosses the River Kennet and Kennet & Avon Canal, passes the train station, and there’s an urban walk into the centre of town. There’s a footpath to the west (SU528644) which provides a more direct N-S route into Thatcham, as well avoiding the Crookham Common Road walk....

Martin Ellis

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A ramble through North Hampshire along footpaths, the Brenda Parker Way, and across a nature reserve. The Slow Way then joins The Brenda Parker Way: a long-distance path across Hampshire. The real gem of this Slow Way is the Ashford Hill Nature Reserve (Photos 8 & 9). The Slow Way then leaves the Brenda Parker Way for a more direct route into Tadley....

Martin Ellis

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Martin Ellis took this photo on Thatad one

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The steepest ascent is Streatley Hill at the Goring end. The Slow Way soon enters countryside (Photo 1) to arrive at an early break point at the Cottage Inn in Upper Bucklebury (Photo 2). From Yattendon, there’s a couple of miles of countryside and woods (Photo 6), followed by a gentle ascent up White Hill. The final stretch is a rather steep ascent up Streatley Hill (Photo 7). See Aldermaston Wharf to Goring (AldGor 1) for an alternative route into Goring; east along Grim’s Ditch. The summit of Streatley Hill has three grassy labyrinths to enjoy....

Martin Ellis

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Martin Ellis took this photo on Thagor one

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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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Newbury—Thatcham

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

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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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From that point, it crosses the level crossing (with the option to walk over the bridge if the gates are down) and then left along the canal path. The canal path is generally level except for inclines at a couple of bridge crossings....

YD

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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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Leave the canal after Aldermaston Lock (Photo 2), crossing the Lift Bridge to reach Aldermaston Station....

Martin Ellis

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A straightforward and pleasant route largely using the Kennet and Avon canal towpath. At Thatcham station the route leaves the towpath, crossing over the level crossing to follow alongside the road into the town centre - approx...

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....

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Newbury—Thatcham

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

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Thatcham—Aldermaston Wharf

Slow Ways added Thaald one, a new walk from Thatcham to Aldermaston Wharf

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Thatcham—Goring

Slow Ways added Thagor one, a new walk from Thatcham to Goring

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Thatcham—Kingsclere

Slow Ways added Thakin one, a new walk from Thatcham to Kingsclere

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Thatcham—Tadley

Slow Ways added Thatad one, a new walk from Thatcham to Tadley

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Thatcham, Wed 24 April

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Thatcham’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

SU5173267393

Lat / Lon

51.40321° / -1.25768°

Easting / Northing

451,732E / 167,393N

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