GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Lambourn Valley Way

22 miles (35 km)

Travel from Oxfordshire into Berkshire along the Lambourn Valley Way and enjoy woodland, parkland and a series of quaint towns and villages.
The walk starts at the Bronze age fort at Uffington Castle and the distinctive prehistoric Uffington White Horse hill figure. From here you head south across the Lambourn Downs before following the River Lambourn through Lambourn, Boxford and Speen before a lovely stretch along the Kennet and Avon Canal takes you into Newbury.
Here you could visit Donnington Castle which lies just off the route. The medieval castle is surrounded by attractive farmland and peaceful woodland. It's a nice place to stop for a picnic and learn about the history of the area.

Lambourn Valley Way OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Lambourn Valley Way Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

In Newbury you will find the delightful Tea Shop By The Canal which is perfect for afternoon tea. Set in an interesting old Grade II listed building the tea shop blends the comfort and warmth of Italian culture with the fine and splendid rituals of English Cream Teas. There's also outdoor seating so you can sit out right next to the canal on warm summer days. You can find it at The Stone Building, The Wharf, Newbury with a postcode of RG145AS.
The village of Uffington is also a good place to stop at and explore further. The Fox & Hounds is a good option with a great menu and a nice outdoor seating area. The Pub has 4 Star B&B accommodation, a beamed bar, and unrivalled views of The Ridgeway and Uffington White Horse. It makes a great base for exploring this lovely area. You can find the pub in the centre of the village on the High Street, with a postcode of SN77RP for your sat navs.
The interesting village also has some pretty thatched cottages and a noteworthy old church which dates from the 13th century. It also has strong literary connections as John Betjeman lived there in the 1930's and 40's, during which time he wrote many famous works. JRR Tolkein, while based in Oxford, visited this area, and it is said much of his inspiration for Middle Earth came from the Ridgeway nearby.

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Lambourn Valley Way - geograph.org.uk - 918465

Here the way uses the trackbed of the former Lambourn Valley railway that ran from Newbury to Lambourn. Thus, easy level walking.
The railway opened in 1898 and was closed to passenger traffic in 1960. A section between Newbury and Welford remained open for freight traffic toRAF Welforduntil 1972. Steam railmotors and a GWR diesel railcar were used on the line, as well as steam engines owned by the Lambourn valley Railway, and Great Western Railway standard engines.

Stile on the Lambourn Valley Way at Welford - geograph.org.uk - 74106

Stile on the Lambourn Valley Way at Welford. The square is largely farmland and Weston Park land.

River Lambourn, East Garston, Berkshire

River Lambourn, East Garston, Berkshire. The waterway flows through the village, dividing many houses from the main road, so that each has a bridge over the river to the front door.
The river is defined as achalk stream, rising in theBerkshire Downsnear its namesake village ofLambourn. It is atributaryof theRiver Kennet, which is itself a tributary of theRiver Thames.

Lambourn valley farmland - geograph.org.uk - 230029

Lambourn valley farmland. Looking across a small valley, an offshoot of the main valley. The western flank has a shallow gradient. The eastern flank, shielded from view, is much steeper and is grassland. Gallops are in the bottom of the valley.

Uffington Down - geograph.org.uk - 647248

Uffington Down. Here a walker can be seen heading along the bridleway immediately to the south of the Ridgeway. The bridleway is part of the Lambourn Valley Way and is to the left of the fence.

Farmland, Coldborough - geograph.org.uk - 230185

Farmland, Coldborough. Looking up a small dry valley into the downs above the trail.

Lambourn Valley Way - geograph.org.uk - 2301941

A horse poses for the camera in a farm at Lambourn village

High Street, Lambourn. geograph-2312396-by-Des-Blenkinsopp

High Street, Lambourn.AfterNewmarketthe village is the largest centre ofracehorsetraining in England, and is home to a rehabilitation centre for injured jockeys, anequinehospital, and several leadingjockeysand trainers. To the north of the village are theprehistoricSeven Barrowsand a nearbylong barrow.

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