Walk - Pangbourne - Path Hill - Cold Harbour - Gatehampton - 8 Miles

  • April 28, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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Starting in the busy village of Pangbourne, this walk crosses the Whitchurch toll bridge (free on foot!), one of the few remaining in the country. It goes through Whitchurch, passing the Thyme Maze - worth stopping for a look! Leaving the village, there are views to right across fields of alpacas towards the river and to left to vineyards.
Later the route rises steeply up the chalk hills and follows a mix of quiet roads and paths through farmland and woods on the Chilterns. This area is renowned for red kites, superb flyers with distinctive forked tails used as rudders. Great Chalk Wood nature area and Hartslock Nature Reserve are crossed, the first with woodland interest, the latter with meadows where orchids grow.
The final leg of the route is on the Thames Path, undulating on the NE side of the river and somewhat above it. On reaching Whitchurch the path follows the road down to the bridge.

 

RSVP's open at 8PM on Sunday 21st April.

 

Start Point

We meet in the car park just off the High Street which is found shortly after passing under the Railway Bridge and accessed via St James Close on the right opposite Bentley Pangbourne on the High Street. Look for and a sharp left hand turn as soo as you enter St James Close.

We start the walk at 10AM sharp. (Please ensure you're at the start point at least 10 mins beforehand).

The area is shown better in the Map link

 

Walking World grading: Moderate (Height gain 150m).

Dog friendliness: Unknown (tow paths, footpaths, open fields, some road)

Estimated walk end time: 13:45 - 14:00

 

Lunch

For lunch afterwards we'll be trying to get in at the Ferryboat over the river in Whitchurch.

If you would like to go to lunch, please reply to the "Reply below using the Reply button if you would like a place for lunch --------v" Post below.

If we don't see a request we will a ssume "No" for lunch.

 

Car Shares

We like to reduce the impact on the areas we visit and its sometimes difficult to find places with adequate parking, so we encourage lift shares with our regular drivers.
If you need a lift, please post below indicating that you'd like a lift.

There's some comprehensive notes on Car Shares on our message board.

Donations

We would welcome a donation of around £1 towards ongoing overhead costs associated with the Meetup service and ancillary costs. We would be grateful if this was done before the start of the walk.

For new members or walkers, please read the Walkers Guide thread in the forum.

Contact Number

The number of the OSW group's mobile is [masked] for notification of delay or cancellation, or help with directions if lost. Details on use can be found on our message board.

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  • Beth E.

    Will miss not being able to do this walk. See if anyone can get a picture of a train crossing the bridge over the river.

    April 21, 2013

    • John M.

      Hee hee hee... SORTED!!! I've just been to the interweb cafe (they don't let you use your memory sticks here, in the library) and i've posted a pic of a train on the bridge... Have a look at the piccies i've up-loaded for Nicky's walk, on the 1st of May... Red Lion... Eynsham... :-)

      May 3, 2013

  • Iben K.

    Thank you all for a nice walk yesterday. Good company and lovely food. It is just so good to get outdoors and have somebody to walk together with.

    April 29, 2013

  • John M.

    Ahhh... Firstly, welcome, all you Oxford peeps to Berkshire! (Hee hee hee, where was Sue, the other Reading dweller, when i needed her... Oh yeah, Dorset but more of that in a mo)... Anyway, i reckon this had to be (one of) the BEST 'Meet-up(s)' i've been on! Delightful company, w**ther & scenery to match, all rounded off by a TOP QUALITY sit-down dinner. Met a few different people Sunday, as this was one of Derek's walks i could get to and some of the 'OSW key players' were in Swanage. I'm looking forward to more of this, during the 'three fine days & the thunder storm', we're bound to have for our s*mm*r!

    April 29, 2013

  • Derek

    A walk with much to commend it, some challenging inclines, the barkiest dogs, alpaca as far as the eye could see, and a fabulous lunch to round it all off although no roast beet for John. Good company as always.

    April 28, 2013

    • John S

      No roast beet, but the dessert plrase's were great!

      April 28, 2013

  • Peter L.

    forgot to say thanks Derek ad was pleasantly surprised and challanged by the switch back nature of the Thames path we walked

    April 28, 2013

  • Peter L.

    an enjoyable walk even if on the higher parts it stillfeels autumnal so intersting sites

    April 28, 2013

  • Kandzia

    Sorry guys, I was following cyclists for about 14 miles and then was stopped so another group of cyclists could go through; got to Pangbourne at about 10.25 and you were all gone. Next time :)

    April 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Apologies, Totally exhausted.

    April 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lunch please. Does anyone want a lift from oxford? No to roast beef! Fish or veggie please!

    April 27, 2013

  • Derek

    We're booked in for 12 people, roast beet is £10.95 and we've got minimum of 8 put aside plus there's the menu.

    April 27, 2013

    • John S

      Is that roast beet to go with my plrase's, Derek?

      April 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I cannot remember if i said lunch ! But yes if i can/ have/ or should have !!!!

    April 27, 2013

  • Angela

    lunch please

    April 25, 2013

  • John M.

    Lunch Please!!! (I couldn't find the --------v thing)? COR!!! For ONCE a walk i can actually get to... Map don't work but i ain't bovvered... An ex girlfriend used to be a waitress in 'The George'... (Too much information there)!

    April 22, 2013

  • John S

    Food 4 2 plrase

    April 21, 2013

    • John S

      I have problems with my r's ;-)

      April 22, 2013

    • John M.

      Hee hee hee... East Tiger... We're ALL guilty of the occasional smelling pistake!!! :-)

      April 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lunch please. Does anyone want a lift from oxford?

    April 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lunch please

    April 22, 2013

  • Gabriel S.de la P.

    Lunch please

    April 22, 2013

  • Stephen G.

    Lunch please

    April 22, 2013

  • Anna H.

    Lunch please

    April 22, 2013

  • Angela

    lunch please

    April 21, 2013

  • Iben K.

    Lunch and sunshine please

    April 21, 2013

  • Marilyn

    Lunch please. I hope this is where I have to order lunch.

    April 21, 2013

  • Peter L.

    lunch please

    April 21, 2013

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