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Starting in the busy village of Pangbourne, this walk crosses the Whitchurch toll bridge (free on foot!), one of the few remaining in the country. It goes through Whitchurch, passing the Thyme Maze - worth stopping for a look! Leaving the village, there are views to right across fields of alpacas towards the river and to left to vineyards.
Later the route rises steeply up the chalk hills and follows a mix of quiet roads and paths through farmland and woods on the Chilterns. This area is renowned for red kites, superb flyers with distinctive forked tails used as rudders. Great Chalk Wood nature area and Hartslock Nature Reserve are crossed, the first with woodland interest, the latter with meadows where orchids grow.
The final leg of the route is on the Thames Path, undulating on the NE side of the river and somewhat above it. On reaching Whitchurch the path follows the road down to the bridge.
RSVP's open at 8PM on Sunday 21st April.
We meet in the car park just off the High Street which is found shortly after passing under the Railway Bridge and accessed via St James Close on the right opposite Bentley Pangbourne on the High Street. Look for and a sharp left hand turn as soo as you enter St James Close.
We start the walk at 10AM sharp. (Please ensure you're at the start point at least 10 mins beforehand).
The area is shown better in the Map link (https://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?msid=213360911161723457176.0004851370bb17dd52fac&msa=0&ll=51.483922,-1.088085&spn=0.002335,0.005681)
Walking World grading: Moderate (Height gain 150m).
Dog friendliness: Unknown (tow paths, footpaths, open fields, some road)
Estimated walk end time: 13:45 - 14:00
For lunch afterwards we'll be trying to get in at the Ferryboat (http://www.theferryboatwhitchurch.com/) over the river in Whitchurch.
If you would like to go to lunch, please reply to the "Reply below using the Reply button if you would like a place for lunch --------v" Post below.
If we don't see a request we will a ssume "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 (http://www.meetup.com/Oxford-Social-Walkers/messages/boards/thread/32009572/) 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 (http://www.meetup.com/Oxford-Social-Walkers/messages/boards/thread/8819784) thread in the forum.
The number of the OSW group's mobile is 07772551496 for notification of delay or cancellation, or help with directions if lost. Details on use can be found on our message board (http://www.meetup.com/Oxford-Social-Walkers/messages/boards/thread/9054076).