A medium length walk over fairly flat terrain through two adjacent villages and surrounding woodland.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) Turn right out of the pub car park and walk along Chalkhouse Green Road for just over 100m then turn left at the finger post (opposite the Coopers Pightle) and take the footpath then cross a stile into a field and walk across the field and exit via another stile. Cross the byway and take the footpath opposite through a kissing gate, then straight ahead cross a field and continue on through a kissing gate. Carry on through a strip of woodland and then straight across another field. Continue on the same path past an industrial unit on the right and between two houses to exit on to Kennylands Road.
(1) Turn left and walk along the road until you reach a four way junction. Turn right into Wood Lane and continue through the centre of Sonning Common. After the Co-Op turn left into Woodlands Road and walk to the end of the road then continue on in same direction into Copse Wood. Walk a few metres along the footpath with a wire fence on the left. At the end of the fence there is a waymark post, carry on straight ahead for a few more metres and at the second waymark post carry on in the same direction and following the same path through the wood.
(2) When you reach a main road (Gallowstree Road) by the old well, turn left and walk along the road, with care, for about 70m then take the footpath on the right. Follow the hedge on your right then walk down a slight slope and go through kissing gate. Continue slightly uphill in the same direction ignoring the footpaths on the right and left and after about 500m as the footpath bears to the left at the top of the hill enter New Copse Wood. After few paces into the wood turn left then almost immediately right to see a waymark post ahead. Walk up to the post and continue on in the same general direction through the wood for about 800m until you see a wooden fence ahead of you and to your right.
(3) Following the white arrow marked on a tree turn left here on to another footpath then continue straight on through Wyfold Wood for about 700m, ignoring paths to the left and right until you come to the edge of the wood at a junction with two other paths.
(4) Carry straight on exiting the wood into a small lane called The Hamlet, bear to the left and walk along the lane for about 150m, then cross the main road into the lane opposite (Hazelmoor Lane).
(5) Carry on along this lane for almost 500m, then bear right at a green gate to go into a wood and then follow the path straight ahead for 500m until you emerge on Wood Lane. Turn left and walk along the road through the centre of Kidmore End to return to the New Inn.(D/A)
D/A : km 0 - alt. 96m - The New Inn
1 : km 1.02 - alt. 93m - Kennylands Road
2 : km 2.82 - alt. 101m - Gallowstree Road
3 : km 4.15 - alt. 128m - White arrow
4 : km 4.86 - alt. 103m - Exit of the wood
5 : km 5.04 - alt. 102m - Hazelmoor Lane
D/A : km 6.3 - alt. 96m - The New Inn
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The Church of St John the Baptist in Kidmore End is a listed building, built in 1852 in early English style with knapped flint and stone dressings by Arthur Billings, a local architect based in Reading, The name Kidmore End is derived from the Celtic, ‘kid’ meaning wood, ‘more/mawr’ being great and ‘end’ a boundary. It was renamed Kidmore in 1894, but after representations the Council agreed in 1902 that its name should revert to Kidmore End.
Global average : 3.67/5
Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 5/5
Routemap quality : 3/5
Walk interest : 3/5
Global average : 3.67 / 5
Date of walk
Description quality : Very good
Easiness to follow the route : Average
Walk interest : Average
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