18 short walks within easy reach of
Hamstead Marshall
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1. Enborne battlefield  SU 435 657
Website has no map but gives details and ref to OS Explorer 158. Circular walk of about 4 miles over farmland – site of the First Battle of Newbury 1643.
5-min drive to park by Enborne Church (also worth a visit).

2. The Chase  SU 44 62
Website includes map of 130 acres National Trust woodland, threaded by chalk stream. Several paths: see map to find which are buggy-able. The outer circuit walk is about 1.5 to 2 miles. Nature reserve and grazing cattle, so dogs on leads. Less frequented by dog-owners since this became obligatory.
5-min drive to free car park off Station Road, Woolton Hill.

3. Bowdown Woods SU 50 65
No website map of any use to walkers.
130 acres owned by BBOWT.
10-min drive to 3 circular wildlife walks, each with own car park off Bury's Bank Road:
Bowdown woods: 1 mile, ancient woodland, bluebells, clear path, some gradients, can be muddy
Bombsite: .75 miles, surfaced path ok for buggies, flat, lightly wooded
Baynes: 1 mile, more rugged
Walks are linked by permissive paths so can be combined. Bowdown + Bombsite for example = c50 mins walking. Dogs must be on leads because the whole area is a nature reserve. Plenty of waymarkers, but they don't tell you which route you are on, so best to phone-photo map board in the car park as you set out.

4. Newtown Common SU 477 633
Website shows large scale OS map with routes marked. Also map board at car park.
140 acres of woodland owned by Hampshire County Council, together with the Herbert Plantation - a nature reserve, so dogs on leads. 1.5 to 2.5-mile walks, depending on which of three circuits you take. Path surface variable, but can be muddy.
10-min drive to park at Jonathon Hill (turn left off A339/old A34 just past the Swan).

5. Greenham Common SU 49 65
Website gives map and details of 4 circular walks, 1 - 4 miles. Map also on board at car park.
900 acres (including Crookham Common), formerly USAF airfield, now owned by West Berkshire Council.
10-min drive to small car park on Bury's Bank Road (where Pyle Hill joins it). Well frequented.

6. Great Penwood, Hants SU 44 62
Several paths offering a variety of circuits through Forestry Commission woodland, but sadly no walker-friendly website or map.
10-min drive to Andover Road, turning left off it just after crossing the River Enborne, and follow lane into Penwood for about half mile. Car park on right.

7. Inkpen SU 35 65
Website is a badly scanned leaflet with a poor map, which details with map two versions of a circular walk, 2.5 or 4 miles long, over farmland and along a chalk ridge trackway. (Probably best used in conjunction with Explorer 158.) Waymarked as a recreational route, though not greatly used. Can be muddy in winter, and may have livestock in summer. Both about 10-min drive from Hamstead Marshall. Park roadside about a mile past the Swan Inn.

8. Sydmonton Common, north Hants SU 495 630
Website includes good map. Mixture of rights-of-way and permissive paths on small, privately owned woodland common. Some paths surfaced, others good, some very rutted and potentially muddy. Plan your own route of 1 to 2 miles. 10-min drive to Bishop's Green. Roadside parking.

See also Walking in Berkshire
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