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Walk - Blewbury - East Hagbourne - 6.8 Miles

Walk Background

This walk starts from the village of Blewbury, nestling below Churn Hill, boasts 'chocolate-box' cottages with thatched roofs and colourful gardens.

Even the walls to some footpaths are thatched, an unusual feature of this area.

We pass through the churchyard, cared for as a wildlife reserve and walk alongside the crystal-clear streams and out via a farmyard to Blewburton Hill, with its Iron Age fort.

The path crosses the shoulder of the hill, but it is worth taking advantage of the open access to climb to the top for the view
which enabled King Alfred to keep a lookout for invaders trying to cross the Thames at two possible fords.

From here to South Moreton the flat Thames Valley provides both arable farmland and grazing for several beautiful horses. Near South Moreton you leave the route of the St Birinus Pilgrimage to loop back to your starting point. Crossing further fields with hedgerows and drainage ditches, you reach the outskirts of East Hagbourne, from where it's an easy walk back to Blewbury.

 

Start Point

We meet in the Car Park near the recreation grounds. Take the A417 between Streatley and Wantage to reach the village of Blewbury. If approaching from Streatley, go through the

village and shortly before the end of the village, turn left opposite a wooden building with sign 'Sebastapol Wines'. From the Wantage direction a sign 'Savages' at the same turn (soon after the 30mph limit) is more obvious, along with a 'P' sign. There is a recreation ground on the right-hand corner as you turn into this road; go past it and about 150 metres from the main road, just after a de-limit sign, turn left into the car park.

The area is better shown in this Map link

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

Walking grading: Moderate (Height gain 85m)

Dog friendliness: very good (4 stiles, easy access)

Estimated walk end time: 1:00PM

 

Lunch

For lunch afterwards, we will be trying The Red Lion in Blewbury, which has a good choice of Sunday roasts including beef, pork, chicken as well as a fish or veggie option, costing about £11.95. Also they have a special 3 course offer for £17.95. 

If you would like to go to lunch, please add a comment to the post "Use the Reply button below to add a comment to say if you would like to stay for lunch". Select the reply button, enter your comment and then hit the 'Return' key.

On this occasion lunch will only be booked if there are sufficient numbers wanting lunch.

If we don't see a request we will assume "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

My mobile number is [masked] for notification of delay or cancellation, or help with directions if lost.


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  • Ali P

    Thanks Beth, lovely varied walk with woods, open fields, even a stream for Jess! Blewbury is such a pretty village. As usual great company too

    September 9, 2013

  • John M.

    Cor! Bit of a yomp, to get to this'un! (Thanks Stephen, for scraping us up, off the side of the road, doubt it'd have made it in time otherwise)? Still, gave me the opportunity to explore the old rail path, from East Hagbourne, to Upton. As always, great company and that roast chicken was quite nice too! Thanks Beth...

    September 9, 2013

  • Nicola

    Great walk with lots of variety and good length

    September 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really nice walk and great company and lovely to meet some new faces. Thanks Beth.

    September 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice relaxing Sunday morning walk.

    September 9, 2013

  • Beth E.

    Nice day (despite the rain shower) for a good walk in great company, and tasty lunch to finish. Blewbury is a beautifully picturesque village and the view from Blewburton Hill is marvellous on a clear day like today.

    September 8, 2013

  • Terry R.

    Thanks Beth for organising a really enjoyable walk,I certainly did not realise that there are so many interesting buildings in Blewbury.Great to meet some new members and the crowd of what are becoming a lot of good friends.The meal at the Red Lion was superb,a really good day out...........if I could award stars it would be 10,but as I'm Lyndas plus1,hers will have to count double!! :+)

    September 8, 2013

    • Beth E.

      Easily fixed Terry, you now have your own billing for the walk and not just a +1 ;o)

      September 8, 2013

    • Terry R.

      Well thanks again Beth,unfortunately I can only give you the 5stars,but the other 5 are still morally yours!! :+)

      September 8, 2013

  • Lynda

    Many thanks Beth for a lovely walk and great lunch.

    September 8, 2013

  • Shuk

    Thanks for another great walk Beth! Very scenic, great company and a tasty lunch :)

    September 8, 2013

  • Morgane

    Lovely walk with a great group of people, really enjoyed it, as well as the pub lunch! Thanks Beth for organising

    September 8, 2013

  • lorraine c.

    Wonderful! Nicely organised...thoughtful towards inexperienced walkers. Perfect weather, great company!

    September 8, 2013

  • Martin C.

    id like to join the walk and have lunch please

    September 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello
    I'd much like to do this walk.
    Can somebody give me a lift from Oxford Centre, please?
    It's indifferent for me to stay or not for lunch.
    Thank you.

    September 7, 2013

  • Beth E.

    Use the Reply button below to add a comment to say if you would like to stay for lunch.

    August 31, 2013

    • Shuk

      Lunch if there is a space left Beth. Sorry for last minute RSVP.

      September 7, 2013

    • Morgane

      I would love joining for lunch please if it's still possible despite the late RSVP, thanks!

      September 7, 2013

  • Shuk

    Lunch if there is a space, sorry for late RSVP Beth

    September 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, no car this weekend.

    September 7, 2013

  • Jacqueline S.

    Definitely can walk along the old railway as I do it often. If you walk to Upton and back to Hagbourne, its about 5 miles, paths all the way and stunning views

    1 · September 4, 2013

    • John M.

      BRILLIANT! Cheers 'Jack'. ;-) Any tips on how to find the path, from the Didcot / East Hagbourne end? I'm guessing it would bring you out somewhere near that main Goring to Wantage road? (A417, off the top of my head)?

      September 5, 2013

  • Jacqueline S.

    lunch would be lovely

    September 4, 2013

  • John M.

    Hmmm... Does anyone know if the B4016, from East Hagbourne, to Blewbury is suitable to walk along? (ie, HAS a footpath)? Failing that does anyone know IF i could even walk along the old railway line from Didcot? (The former line to Newbury)? Some blurb that Beth omitted, copied from Blewbury's VERY own website... "The main bus services for Blewbury were reassigned to Thames Travel on 12th December 2011. They are routes 94 and 95 which run between Didcot Parkway and Blewbury approximately hourly through much of the day. No buses run on Sundays or Bank Holidays".

    September 4, 2013

  • Nicola

    Hi Beth
    Not sure about lunch yet, will update asap. See you Sunday

    September 4, 2013

  • Peter L.

    Would have liked to join but as I only get back from Portugal on Saturday would be pushing it so will wait till the following week if there is a walk

    September 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    lunch please

    September 2, 2013

  • Stephen G.

    Lunch please

    September 2, 2013

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