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