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Autumn Rambles

PUBLISHED: 14:38 09 November 2007 | UPDATED: 14:55 20 February 2013

Chequers - from the Ridgeway Path - (C) Tony Hyde

Chequers - from the Ridgeway Path - (C) Tony Hyde

Hardened rambler Nick Channer dons his walking boots and takes us on a tour of his top 10 favourite beauty spots that are at their best this time of year. Photography by Tony Hyde...

Berkshire Life, November 2007

Autumn has to be the best time of year for the walker, when the weather's not too hot, nor too cold and the trees are changing from green to glorious golds and reds. Here are some of my favourite rambles that give you spectacular views of autumn colours en route. What's more you'll always be close to a pub, so you can work up an appetite and not feel too guilty about enjoying a hearty meal and a pint afterwards. Happy rambling!



1 Lower Assendon on the B480 near Henley.
Start/finish: The Golden Ball.
Distance: Three and three-quarter miles.
Map: OS Explorer 171 Chiltern Hills West. GR 744847.
Recommended pub: The Golden Ball


2 Pangbourne north-west of Reading, just north of the M4.
Start/finish: Fee-paying car park near Pangbourne station.
Distance: Four and a half miles.
Map: Explorer 159 Reading, Wokingham and Pangbourne. GR 634765.
Recommended pub: The Swan


3 Great Kimble - on the A4010 near Princes Risborough.
Start/finish: The Bernard Arms atGreat Kimble.
Distance: Five miles.
Map: Explorer 181 Chiltern Hills NorthGR 826061.
Recommended Pub: The Bernard Arms


4 Wargrave - on the A321 between Reading and Maidenhead.
Start/finish: Pay and display car park inSchool Road.
Distance: Six miles.
Map: Explorer 171 Chiltern Hills West.GR 786785.
Recommended pub: The Bull Hotel


5 Christmas Common - near Watlington
S
tart/finish: The Fox & Hounds at Christmas Common.
Distance: Two and a half miles.
Map: Explorer 171 Chiltern Hills West.
GR 714932. Recommended pub: The Fox & Hounds.


6 Inkpen - in the countryside to the south of the A4 between Newbury and Hungerford
Start/finish: The Crown and Garter, Inkpen.
Distance: Three and a quarter miles.
Map: Explorer 158 Newbury and Hungerford. GR 377637.
Recommended pub: The Crown and Garter


7 Aldworth - on the B4009 Newbury to Streatley road.
Start/finish: The Bell, Aldworth.
Distance: Three and a quarter miles.
Map: Explorer 158 Newbury and Hungerford and 170 Abingdon and Wantage. GR 555796.
Recommended pub: The Bell


8 Upper Maidensgrove - off the B480 near Stonor.
Start/finish: The Five Horseshoes, Upper Maidensgrove. Distance: Four and a half miles.
Map:
Explorer 171 Chiltern Hills West. GR 711891. Recommended pub: The Five Horseshoes



9 Virginia Water - off the A30, south of Windsor.
Start/finish: Car park off the A30 at the eastern end of Virginia Water.
Distance:
Four and a half miles.
Map:
Explorer 160 Windsor, Weybridge and Bracknell. GR 978687.
Recommended pub: The Wheatsheaf Hotel 10 Skirmett - north of the A4155 between Henley and Marlow.
Start/finish: The Frog pub at Skirmett. Distance: Three miles.
Map:
Explorer 171 Chiltern Hills West. GR 775903.
Recommended pub: The Frog,



All the walks appear with full
directions and useful information in Nick

Channer's
Pocket Pub Walks - Chilterns Pocket Pub Walks - The Thames Valley Pub Strolls in Berkshire. Published by Countryside Books www.countrysidebooks.co.uk


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