Fri, 04 Mar 2016
A wonderful walk for all the family, through areas of outstanding beauty, history and extraordinary wildlife.
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The third walk in our walker’s guide series takes us to Thatcham for the Spring walk. A wonderful walk for all the family, through areas of outstanding beauty, history and extraordinary wildlife.We encourage all who do this walk to take photos, comment and rate the route, tell us what you think! Walks can be rated by visiting www.newburytoday. co.uk/walkers guide.Where you can also comment and post photos, alternatively share your photos and comments via our twitter page and facebook.
From Thatcham Station walk south over the Kennet and Avon Canal.Turn left into Chamberhouse Mill Lane. Bear left at Crookham Willows. At the paddock fence of Crookham Manor turn right following footpath skirting the manor grounds.
At a white brick outbuilding turn right. Go along field-edge track into the woodlands.After the path bends left, go right uphill to an old concrete road.
Follow road past Limberlost Farm on right, then mobile home park on left. Just before main road, turn right onto the wooded path parallel to road. Note: this is a permissive path and may at times be quite overgrown and muddy.
After crossing three private access tracks, turn left onto Tarmac lane, cross main road onto another Tarmac lane. Follow this past George’s Farm and downhill between pine trees.When track bends right, go into field on left and downhill. Keep tight to hedgerow on right, steeply downhill.
In the next field, follow the footpath diagonally across the field and over a wooden footbridge into Hampshire.Turn right and follow the path keeping close to the meandering river.
At the road go through a gate and turn right. Cross the ford using the footbridge.Walk up to main road, turn left, cross road and head up Old Thornford Road. 100m after first house on left, go through a small gate on left on to Crookham Common.
Turn right and follow the fence line to main gate on right. Go straight ahead keeping the lakes on your left and running track on your right.
Soon after a fence line starts on your left, go through gate on the right, cross the road and down the gravel bridleway. Bear left at the Tarmac track and cross the River Kennet to Chamberhouse Farm.
Continue ahead to the canal and over the swing-bridge.Turn right on to the towpath to Monkey Marsh Lock. When you reach the road you will see Thatcham Station.