Explore the Greenham and Cookham Commons on this circular walk near Newbury. Greenham Common is a former Royal Air Force station. Opened in 1942, it was used by both the Royal Air Force and United States Army Air Forces during the Second World War and the United States Air Force during the Cold War.
Today this large green space is ideal for a long walk in peaceful surroundings. The expansive area of heathland is covered in heather and gorse and has nice wide footpaths to follow. There's also wildflower filled grasslands and wetland areas which attract dragonflies and birdlife. Look out for horses and ponies roaming the common too.
This walk starts from the car park on Bury's Bank Road and takes you around the central area of the common.
At the northern end of the common you will find Bowdown Woods Nature Reserve. Here you will find exceptionally rich woodland and a variety of wildlife including birds, reptiles, dragonflies and butterflies. To extend your walk from the common you could head north through Bowdown Woods to the lovely Thatcham Discovery Centre where there are splendid waterside footpaths to try.