GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Snelsmore Common Country Park

4 miles (6.5 km)

This circular walk takes you around the peaceful Snelsmore Common Country Park in Newbury and on into the surrounding countryside along public footpaths.
The park comprises a variety of habitats including lowland heathland, heather, gorse, wet bog and woodland. Snelsmore is home to a number of rare birds including Nightjar, Woodcock and Kestrel. You can also see ponies, small deer and rabbits as you make your way along the parks many footpaths.
You can extend your walk by picking up the Lambourn Valley Way and following the River Lambourn through the surrounding countryside.
Just to the south of the common you will also find the medieval Donnington Castle. The castle grounds have nice trails to follow through the surrounding farmland and woodland.

Postcode

RG14 3BQ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Snelsmore Common Country Park OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Snelsmore Common Country Park Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

The on site Snugg Cafe is a nice place to enjoy some post walk rest and refreshment. They serve lovely cream teas and some delicious cakes here. You can find them on the Wantage Road at postcode RG143BQ for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The heathland and woodland are ideal for dog walking. You will probably bump into other owners on your visit. Please keep them on leads during the bird nesting season (1 March - 31 July).

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The Ashford Hill Nature Reserve is also located near Newbury. There's lots of interesting wildife to see around the attractive water meadows in the reserve.
The lovely parkland and gardens surrounding Highclere Castle are another good local option. The stately home is famous as the venue for the T.V series 'Downton Abbey'.

Photos

Snelsmore Common - geograph.org.uk - 936728

Pretty heather on Snelsmore Common in late summer. Berkshire's largest area of heathland has been common since medieval times. Grazing ceased in the twentieth century, allowing the encroachment of woodland. The site became a country park in 1972. Since then clearance and grazing has taken place to restore the heathland habitat though significant areas of trees (mostly pine and birch) remain.

Path on Snelsmore Common - geograph.org.uk - 2450159

Bluebells in the woodland.

Snelsmore Common - geograph.org.uk - 2450209

Footpath view.

Snelsmore Common, Winterbourne - geograph.org.uk - 2122660

A footpath heads southwest across the common which is here fairly open with scattered birch trees.

Winterbourne - geograph.org.uk - 53217

Winterbourne. Looking east towards Snelsmore Common from just outside Winterbourne, by the road to Boxford.

Pond where a building once stood, Snelsmore Common - geograph.org.uk - 1068029

Pond where a building once stood

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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