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Newbury Buses service no.13 connects
Hamstead Marshall with Newbury, and
with Hungerford via Kintbury and
Inkpen. The route follows the Kintbury
Road, stopping at the Craven Arms, Ash
Tree Corner, the White Hart and Chapel
Corner. There are six or seven services
each way most days Monday-Saturday.
Newbury Buses may be contacted at the
Bus Station, Market Place, Newbury,
Berks RG14 5DP tel 01635 567500.
Kintbury Volunteer Group runs a
regular Handybus service (with room for
two wheelchairs) to Hungerford,
Newbury and Marlborough, covering
collection and drop-off to homes in
Hamstead Marshall. Places are allocated
on a first-come first-served basis, and
there is a small charge for the service.
Ring 01488 657119 between 9-11am
weekdays.The group also arranges
hospital transport and prescription
collection for patients of the Kintbury
Hamstead Marshall covers an area of about 1,850 acres (750 hectares). Roughly
speaking, it is bounded to the north by the railway, to the west by Kintbury, to
south by Hampshire and to the east by Enborne. The current civil parish boundary
was laid down in 1991, and is mostly the same as the church parish boundary of
Nearest stations are at Kintbury and
Newbury. This line carries First Great
Western trains from Paddington to
Penzance. Fast trains to London take
about 50 minutes.
Public footpaths are shown on the larger
scale map, a copy of which is also
posted at the Village Information
Point at Ash Tree Corner.
There are no roadside pavements in the
village. For a stroll on a surfaced
ground the best bet is either the
footpath into Hamstead Park from
Hamstead Mill to the top of the hill,
because this follows the paved drive for
about half a mile, or on the eastwards
towpath which has been surfaced for
The Farm Trail at Elm Farm is open to
walkers every day, all year round.
See the local walks page for more
details of walking routes around the
The Kennet and Avon cycle route (84
miles Reading to Bath) passes through
Hamstead Marshall using the towpath
and Irish HIll Road. For details try the
Sustrans site. A map of the route is also
posted at the Village Information Point
at Ash Tree Corner.
Cycling is permitted on the full length of
the Kennet & Avon Canal towpath, but
not on footpaths.
The only bridle path within the parish
runs across Elm Farm land for about a
quarter of a mile. There are others in
Horse-riding is not allowed on the canal
For a fee riders can sometimes obtain
permission to ride across the 300-acre
Morewood Estate. Morewood also runs
a livery stable.
There are riding stables at Holtwood
Farm and at Enborne Equestrian
(formerly Hamstead Growers).
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St Mary’s Church
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Copyright Penelope Stokes 2014