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|Slow Way||Route||To do|
||Survey me||Distance 6km/3mi||Ascent 24m||Descent 25m|
||Verify me||Distance 6km/4mi||Ascent 16m||Descent 16m|
||Survey me||Distance 10km/6mi||Ascent 15m||Descent 38m|
||Review me||Distance 23km/14mi||Ascent 392m||Descent 417m|
||Review me||Distance 12km/8mi||Ascent 118m||Descent 97m|
||Review me||Distance 14km/9mi||Ascent 123m||Descent 146m|
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0 people have surveyed a route in Thatcham
71km out of 71km have been walked and reviewed
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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....
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....
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....
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....
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....
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....
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....
As an alternative, continue along the towpath, passing the Monkey Marsh turf-sided lock, to Thatcham Station....
Leave the canal after Aldermaston Lock (Photo 2), crossing the Lift Bridge to reach Aldermaston Station....
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...
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....
Slow Ways added Thaald one, a new walk from Thatcham to Aldermaston WharfWalk this route
Slow Ways added Thakin one, a new walk from Thatcham to KingsclereWalk this route
Thatcham’s Slow Ways starting point
Lat / Lon
51.40321° / -1.25768°
Easting / Northing
451,732E / 167,393N
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