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A Hikers Paradise - the North Wesssex Downs! Bank Holiday Sunday

  • May 25, 2014 · 10:30 AM
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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:


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!




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  • Catherine B.

    Thanks for the lovely comments guys. Hope to see you all again. :)

    June 2, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hiya, hope you're well? :) have you still got the group photos from this outing? Would like to see :)

      July 3, 2014

  • Marcus

    Beautiful weather, beautiful people and another creative interpretation of the route by our intrepid leader :)

    May 25, 2014

  • Durga

    Really enjoyed the hike and meeting everyone. Thanks Catherine x

    May 26, 2014

  • James

    Great trek to the summit of South-East England with a very friendly group! Thanks!

    May 26, 2014

  • Sonia

    I had a great time. Look forward to the
    next one!

    May 26, 2014

  • Damien

    Lovely day, lovely people. Nice pubs! And a bit of history thrown in. Thanks Catherine!

    1 · May 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a great time. Met some lovely people and was made to feel really welcome.

    May 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Beautiful scenery! Enjoyed the route, thanks Catherine :)

    May 26, 2014

  • mattie

    Really enjoyed the walk today. I look forward to the next one. Thanks Catherine.

    May 25, 2014

  • Monika


    May 25, 2014

  • Catherine B.

    Hello. No tube strike as far as I know so we're on! Let me know if anyone hears otherwise!

    May 24, 2014

  • Catherine B.

    Janet - really looking forward to seeing you x

    May 20, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Catherine. Hope you are well? I've been looking at the trains lines and it seems they had trail works going on and it's going to be hard for me to meet up with you guys. I see closer to the time at whats happening. But if I don't see you this time round, you will again!! :-)

      May 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to this. It will be my first walk with the group. Now to sort out some sandwiches....

    May 21, 2014

  • Catherine B.

    Yes we will make a groups at the meeting point.i

    May 20, 2014

  • Catherine B.

    Good job Bryony Dean!

    We're going to have to meet earlier 10.30. Will update detail.

    Also all please be aware that there is talk of a tube strike this weekend (boo hiss). If this happens I will have to reschedule this hike, as it will be to much of a mission for me to get to Paddington by bus I'm afraid. Of peak ticket is currently showing £25.30, so 2xthat divided by 4 or 3, read the event details I've explained it somewhere I think. This is one of our longer hikes, it has a very big hill, you need to be able to run at least 100m for the bus to join us!! Please don't come if you are not in reasonably good shape. Sorry there is no nice way to say that! :)

    May 20, 2014

  • Lisa

    Please could you confirm train fare? Thanks.

    April 5, 2014

    • Catherine B.

      I don't know havent done it for a while check on national rail enquries return to Kintbury in a group 3 or group 4 i.e 2 tickets devided by 3 or 4.

      May 18, 2014

  • Catherine B.

    25th May - thanks for the nudges guy's! Anyone who had their RSVP taken off please feel free to change it back!!

    I always free some places up if we do a date change as people do not update their RSVP's!

    Apols for any inconvenience!

    April 27, 2014

  • Catherine B.

    I'm moving the date so I am taking off some RSVP's. If yours gets removed and you still want to come just RSVP again!!! Sorry, it's the only way to manage on line RSVP's!

    April 21, 2014

    • Sarah J.

      That makes sense. Looking forward to it. Cheers. :)

      1 · April 21, 2014

  • Catherine B.

    The train is a return to Kintbury on a group 3 or 4 as above, not sure what the current price is but it will be on line :)

    April 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there are reason why there are 3 s's in Wesssex? Does it make this walk extra super-duper coolio Man!?!

    1 · April 8, 2014

  • Sophia

    Hi I'm Sophia

    January 30, 2014

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