A long and interesting walk through Crowsley Park with only a few uphill sections.
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.
(1) Turn right and walk along an unmade byway for about 600m then as the byway turns sharp right take the footpath on the left crossing a stile by a large white gate. Follow the same path for about 1km crossing a field, then through Burr Wood, across another field and finally past a horse paddock on the left, until you reach a public road (Kennylands Road).
(2) Cross the road and take the footpath opposite to cross Sonning Common Millenium Green staying on the same path until you leave the Green opposite the Bird in Hand pub. Cross the main road and take the minor road to the right of the pub and after a short distance take the footpath off the left, down into a small valley through a kissing gate and up on the other side. Go through two kissing gates, past two houses and when you reach a lane turn right and walk along the lane through the hamlet of Crowsley.
(3) When you reach a T junction turn left and walk along the road for just over 50m then turn right and enter Crowsley Park through the pedestrian gate. Walk along the tarmac drive past Crowsley Park House then immediately turn right and go through two metal gates and follow the path towards a grove of sycamore trees. Go through a kissing gate and continue through the parkland until you meet another footpath marked by a waymark post. Turn left on to this path and follow it down a slope to exit Crowsley Park via a kissing gate on to a public road.
(4) Turn left and walk along the road then turn right by the Old Place into Kings Farm Lane. Follow the lane uphill for 500m then turn left on to a footpath that runs alongside the right hand side of a house. Follow the path between fields on both sides of the path then downhill through a wood, until at the bottom of the hill turn right on to another path. Follow this path through the wood and then exit the wood via two kissing gates, turn left and follow a bridle path along the bottom of a valley, then where the bridle path turns sharp left continue straight on following a farm track up a slight slope.
(5) At the top go through a gap in the wood then follow the path round to right as indicated by a way mark post keeping to the perimeter of a field until the path leaves the field in the opposite corner and emerges on to a lane. Turn left and walk along the lane past All Saints Church and continue in the same direction (bearing left at school) until you reach a major road.
(6) Cross the road bearing right and then turn immediately left into a minor road. Walk along this road for almost 1km, there is steep downhill stretch followed by uphill section that ends at a road junction adjacent to The Unicorn pub.
(7) Cross over the main road and take the minor road opposite (Wyfold Lane), continue down the lane for about 300m then take the footpath on the left via a kissing gate. Follow the footpath downhill and cross the stile at the bottom then take the footpath that carries on in the same direction uphill across a field towards a kissing gate. When you reach the top of the slope follow the path and turn right at a fence to walk a short distance to pass through a kissing gate on to a track.
(8) Cross the track and follow the footpath opposite along the edge of a wood. Continue along the same path through woodland for 1km ignoring two paths off the left, when you reach a junction of three paths turn left through a gap into a small lane called The Hamlet.
(9) Bear to the left and walk along the lane for about 150m, then cross the main road into the lane opposite (Hazelmoor Lane), carry on along this lane for almost 500m. Bear right at a green gate and take the footpath into a wood 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 0.32 - alt. 93m - Unmade byway
2 : km 1.86 - alt. 83m - Kennylands Road
3 : km 3.46 - alt. 80m - Sonning Common Road
4 : km 4.75 - alt. 64m - Road
5 : km 6.87 - alt. 83m - Gap in the wood
6 : km 7.93 - alt. 105m - Peppard Hill
7 : km 9.27 - alt. 110m - Wyfold Lane
8 : km 9.96 - alt. 110m - Edge of a wood
9 : km 10.95 - alt. 102m - The Hamlet
D/A : km 12.37 - alt. 96m - The New Inn
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Crowsley Park is owned by the BBC and is the site of a BBC Receiving Station that provided radio signals for the BBC Monitoring Station at Caversham Park before it closed in 2018. Although the BBC Monitoring Services have moved to London, the BBC still requires the receiving station and it has recently received planning permission to install a number of small satellite dishes on site. Crowsley Park House is a Grade II Listed building located within Crowsley Park and is a private residence.
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