GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Ashford Hill Walk

2 miles (3.5 km)

Explore the old water meadows and woodland in this pretty nature reserve near Newbury. You can start the circular walk from the car park at the Ship Inn in the village of Ashford Hill. From here you pick up footpaths through the nature reserve towards Haughurst Hill and Sleepers Copse. The reserve is great for wildlife spotting with several species of butterfly to look out for amongst the wildflowers. Back in the little village you can enjoy refreshments at the Ship Inn.
The Brenda Parker Way long distance footpath runs through the reserve so there is scope for extending your walk. Also nearby is Wasing Wood, riverside paths along the River Enborne and Greenham Common. The expansive area of heathland is covered in heather and gorse and has nice wide footpaths, wetland areas and wildflower filled grasslands with horses and ponies to look out for. To the east you'll find Pamber Forest with more peaceful woodland trails to try.
There's also the worthy town of Tadley and the fascinating ancient Roman Fort at Silchester to explore here.


RG19 8BD - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Ashford Hill Nature Reserve OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Ashford Hill Nature Reserve Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


Just to the east there's the Badger's Wood pub in Baughurst. You can find them at postcode RG26 5JH for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The woodland trails are ideal for dog walking so you will probably meet other owners on your visit. The Badger's Wood mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just north of Newbury you can visit the historic Donnington Castle and enjoy a walk around the attractive heathland of Snelsmore Common Country Park.


Ashford Hill Meadows - - 301988

Ashford Hill Meadows. The main stream providing the floodwaters is in the trees to the right, though water was also spilling from a ditch to the left.

Ashford Hill Meadows - - 301986

Ashford Hill Meadows with village pub in the background

Pasture, Ashford Hill - - 1563265

Pasture, Ashford Hill Fields south of Tucker's Hill Farm. This was taken at the corner on the public footpath.

Ashford Hill Village - - 4840

Ashford Hill Village. The Ship Inn is situated on the outskirts of the village, in the south eastern quadrant of the grid square. The picture was taken from the south western side of the building. Now an arts centre.

Meadow, Ashford Hill - - 1775531

Meadow. A flowery meadow in the valley of a brook that makes its way towards the River Enborne.

The stream under the Axmansford Bridge - - 4770

The stream under the Axmansford Bridge. This view of the stream is of the south side of the bridge and the picture was taken from the west side of the bridge. It is situated in the extreme south eastern section of the grid square.

Footbridge within Ashford Hill Meadows Nature Reserve - - 1222317

This footbridge, with its distinctive concrete bicycle traps, crosses the embryo River Enbourne within the nature reserve.

Stream at Haughurst Hill - - 1774024

Stream at Haughurst Hill


GPS Files

GPX File

Ashford Hill Nature Reserve.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Ashford Hill Nature Reserve.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)