Winter walks in Berkshire
PUBLISHED: 10:21 04 January 2017 | UPDATED: 10:21 04 January 2017
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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.