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Saturday, 18 July 2015

Saturday First Walk Requested walk

Book 2 Walk 9  The Kintbury Circular variation
23km (14.3 miles)  You may shorten the circular walk by 5.5km to 17.5km See directions
3 out of 10
OS Landranger Map No 174, OS Explorer Map Nos 157 &158 (most of the walk is on 158)
Info and directions here

Take the 10.18 from London Paddington to Kintbury arriving at 11.30.
Trains back from Kintbury run about once an hour.
Journey time about 80 minutes.
Buy a day return to Kintbury.

Undulating terrain up until Hampstead Lock, finishing with an easy 3.8 km walk along the Kennet and Avon canal.

Though only just over an hour west of London by train, this walk has a decidedly West Country feel, far removed from the more manicured charms of the Home Counties. 
Kintbury was named by the Sunday Times as one of the top ten most sought-after villages in England though this was back in 2007 

The suggested lunchtime pub is the Swan Inn ( tel 01488 668326) at Lower Inkpen 6.5 km from the start of the walk.  You should get here about 1pm ish

If there are more than 6 wanting lunch then please phone ahead to forewarn them
Picnic Many places along the route would make a good picnic spot.

Dundas Arms  Kintbury ( ) is the suggested tea stop


Anonymous said...

from Ealing Broadway 9:50, change at Reading 10:38 (arr) and 10:48 (dep).

Anonymous said...

sounds like really nice walk, plan going and take the short version.

Anonymous said...

This is an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty'. Have not been to this area before. A late start suits me. Count me in.

Anonymous said...

A great walk with many different vistas perhaps let down by the lunchtime pub. After the downs section, I doubled back to take a peak at the Crown and Garter This looked a lot more capable at producing meals. It also had a bakery (also with indoor/outdoor seating which served hot savoury morsels, tea pigs tea and yummy cakes. Both situated in a very pleasant environment with views of the Test Way. Definitely worth considering as an alternative lunch venue.
The accidental anarchist

Anonymous said...

n=23-25_lost_count, W=sunny_all_day, all did short version, ie 11 miles, except 1 who did long 14+ miles. We met up with him at the train station at 5:50pm. Some stayed in the pub near the train station for refreshment for a later train others took takeaway tea and drinks to consume on the train. Enjoyable and exhausting (felt more than 11 miles somehow.)