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Joint Evening Walk - Steventon - Milton - 4 miles

Evening Walks

This is a joint walk run together with the WOW group and is open to members of both groups.

IF YOU ARE A MEMBER OF BOTH GROUPS ONLY SIGN UP ON ONE OF THE SITES TO INDICATE YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE.

Walk Background

This short walk takes a lingering look around the villages of Steventon and Milton. The centrepiece of  Steventon village is a paved causeway running from one end of the village to the other, which was built for the monks of Steventon Priory. It is dificult to date, but it is certainly ancient; even in 1419 responsibility for its upkeep was said to rest with the tenants of the manor 'by ancient custom'. The causeway may have been part of the ancient route to East Hendred and thence to Hungerford. It once formed the main axis of the village (hence the concentration of old cottages along it), but this shifted to the north-south road some time in the 17th century. This shift may have been due to the local market's moving from East Hendred to East Ilsley.

Of all the buildings along the causeway, probably the most interesting are the Priory Cottages near the church. These former monastic buildings, one of which includes the Great Hall of the priory, date back in parts to the 14th century. The buildings are administered by the National Trust - visits may be arranged on Wednesday afternoons (April-September) by written appointment with the occupants.

Milton village was once described (in 1906) as 'the most tranquil of villages, an oasis of elm-trees at the edge of the plain of the Vale'. Nowadays, such a description would be rather kind to the village; it is now overshadowed by the nearby Milton Park Industrial Estate (built on the site of an RAF depot that was established in 1906), Didcot Power Station and the A34 trunk road. However, it still retains some attractive cottages and farmhouses.

Start Point

We meet in the car park at The North Star, Steventon (at the above map location link).

NOTE: The pub has very limited parking, so if you can get there by sharing a lift, bus, bike or foot that would be a great help and less of an impact on residents of that area of Steventon.

We start the walk at 7PM sharp. (Please try to ensure you're at the start point at least 5 mins beforehand).

Level of difficulty: Easy

Dog friendliness: unknown

Estimated walk end time: 9PM

Drinks After Walk

Afterwards, we will visiting a nearby pub for a drink, if enough people want to, but it's not obligatory.

Donations

These evening walks are free although we would welcome a small(ish) donation, which goes towards ongoing overhead costs associated with the Meetup service and ancillary costs, or/and you could buy the walk leader a drink too.

Contact Number

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

New Members

For new members, please make sure you are prepared with well fitting boots and suitable clothing for weather conditions and are ready for the length of walk involved. Please acquaint yourselves with the Walkers Guide thread in the forum as well as the NO SHOW POLICY.

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  • Sandra

    great walk , I did it again tonight

    July 17, 2014

  • Sonia

    Sorry, but my ankles quite swollen, I've just walked round the block in my walking boots and I don't think I can do four miles without ending up of all fours. Pity I was looking forward to it, and was going to visit the family at St Peter's on the way.

    July 16, 2014

    • John M.

      Sorry you couldn't get along to this one Sonia. Would have been good to see you! :-)

      July 17, 2014

  • Lyndon

    very excellent, thanks Beth

    July 17, 2014

  • Sarah

    Great walk this was my first organised walk ever. Thank you Beth

    July 16, 2014

  • Julie B.

    Lovely walk, thank you Beth

    July 16, 2014

  • Sue B.

    Lovely walk thanks Beth

    July 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Stuck in traffic coming across from East Anglia, don't wait for me. Sorry, I will call Beth.

    July 16, 2014

  • John W.

    I have sent a text to the number above, but just to confirm that unfortunately I cannot make it this evening

    July 16, 2014

  • LynG

    Sorry for short notice, but just been signed off work by the GP so not attending this walk now.

    July 16, 2014

  • Gary

    Hi to everyone going to Steventon tonight. This is my first meetup so I'm a little nervous (didn't expect that!) about meeting 20 people I don't know. So do come up and chat or I'll feel a bit of a 'numpty' :-)

    July 16, 2014

    • Beth E.

      No need to be nervous Gary. Although I did hear that the walk leader is a bit of a nutter ;)

      July 16, 2014

  • Sonia

    I will be getting the X2 from Oxford at 17:32 which should get me to Steventon for 18:19. (That said I might get an earlier one to Drayton, and pick up the 17:32 as it passes through).

    July 13, 2014

    • John M.

      I'll probably catch a stopping train from Reading, to Didcot Parkway (they're not so crowded) then catch either the 17:18 or 18:18 X2 from there! ;-)

      July 15, 2014

    • Sue B.

      That's a plan - will decide tomorrow and let you know.

      July 15, 2014

  • Maura O.

    Hi all. I'd love to join in on this walk but don't have transport. Would anyone be able to give me a lift from Oxford?

    July 13, 2014

    • Sarah

      Where from in Oxford I'm close to Marston

      July 13, 2014

    • Maura O.

      Hi Sarah. I'm based in Summertown but have a bike and can meet you in Marston or wherever is convenient! If there's any hassle for you, no worries. Thanks in any case for getting in touch. :)

      July 14, 2014

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