This is one of the UK's most beautiful locations a great place to explore the real British Countryside. We pass by some really unique sights in this one! The rolling hills and amazing landscape of the Wessex Downs in the center of Southern England is a listed AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), one of the UK's national Treasures, and a hiking paradise!
We start at Kintbury for this hike which takes you 650 meters up the largest hill in South East England, you get a five county view.
The North Wessex Downs is a unique and spectacular landscape that includes open downland, ancient woodland and chalk streams. During the walk we will visit Inkpen Hill the highest point of the Downs which is crowned by the site of the largest Iron Age Fort in the country. We''ll walk from the village of Kintbury through the Kennet Valley and across open farmland to Inkpen. We'll make a short stop at a pub part way through for a breather and a drink.
(Involves one very large hill!)
When we get to Inkpen as well as seeing the fort site, we'll take in the stunning views of five counties, before finishing the day off with a well earned meal and drink in a great local pub before returning to London on the train.
Meet at - Paddington Railway station, by the statue of Paddington Bear
Distance: 10 miles
Things to Bring:
Food. We will stop at a pub on route for a drink and a breather only, but bring a sandwich or something else that you can munch on the way on foot, this is notthe sort of hike you want to be hungry on.
We will finish at a pub which serves food.
Water - at least 1 litre
Money for pub
Wear: Warm clothes, hiking boots, and water proofs, or the nearest thing you have.
Worried about coming on your own? More on walking pace, and questions about distance, footwear, weather, return train times or safety? Refer to our frequently asked questions here:
If I can do anything to make this walk more accessible please get in touch by sending me a text message or voicemail.
Train Travel: On our walks we ask people to group into as many group 4 or group 3 groups as possible, you will have to travel back with the group.. Read more here: http://www.meetup.com/RuggedTracks/messages/boards/thread/17073472
There are tube closures in London every weekend. Plan your journey here:
You must be able to at least run 100 meters for a bus to join one of our hikes.
Always check the group website for live updates to meeting point and directions before leaving for an event!
We are looking for new organisers!
If you are interested in joining the leadership team and have an event you want to lead, or want to hep organise a weekend event let me know! I am always looking for assistant organisers. Come along and ask me about it, it's the best fun you can have!
Rugged Tracks is now the home of the consecutive BOGOFF!!!
On our day events if you buy one, you get the next hike you come to for free (doesn't have to be consecutive). Then, every consecutive hike you come to after that, you also get free.
We track this via the comments at the end of each walk, (if in doubt we'll look at the photo's).
Let's see who can get the most free this year!