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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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