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Winter walks in Berkshire

PUBLISHED: 10:21 04 January 2017 | UPDATED: 10:21 04 January 2017

Looking across the River Thames to the Buckinghamshire side

Looking across the River Thames to the Buckinghamshire side

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When the weather gets colder, there’s not much more refreshing than a brisk walk across the countryside. Here are a few of those to enjoy in Berkshire

Discover more Berkshire walks and things to do here

River Lambourn

Approaching the trig point above Maidencourt FarmApproaching the trig point above Maidencourt Farm

After nipping across the River Lambourn – a lovely chalk stream that rises just north of Lambourn and joins the River Kennet at Newbury – the walk heads out into the downs taking in views across the rolling landscape. This area forms part of the North Wessex Downs AONB which encompasses one of the largest and least developed tracts of chalk downland in southern England.


West Ilsley

West Ilsley is home to picturesque thatched cottages (here at point 3) © Steve DavisonWest Ilsley is home to picturesque thatched cottages (here at point 3) © Steve Davison

The first part of the walk follows the Ridgeway National Trail, which itself follows ancient tracks ways over the rolling downs that have been used for thousands of years. The area just to the north, which until boundary changes in 1974 used to reside within Berkshire, is dominated by the six large cooling towers of Didcot Power Station.


East Isley

The picturesque duck pond at East Ilsley © Steve DavisonThe picturesque duck pond at East Ilsley © Steve Davison

Head to East Ilsley for a breath of fresh air whilst enjoying views across the rolling Berkshire Downs that lie within the picturesque North Wessex Downs area of outstanding natural beauty.


Cookham

Looking across the River Thames to the Buckinghamshire sideLooking across the River Thames to the Buckinghamshire side

Steve Davison leads the way on a choice of perfect walks through Cookham in winter – once home to the artist, Sir Stanley Spencer – before meandering along the river.


Brimpton

Looking back along the route between Brimpton and Brimpton CommonLooking back along the route between Brimpton and Brimpton Common

We head to the village of Brimpton, which lies just to the south of the River Kennet between Newbury and Reading. Located at the highest point in the village, and visible for miles around, is St Peter’s Church which was rebuilt by the Victorians.

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