Rowbarge canal and river walk
A five and a half mile circular pub walk from the Rowbarge in Woolhampton. The walking route follows a long stretch of the Kennet & Avon Canal towpath along to Aldermaston Wharf, with chance to enjoy plenty of wildlife and canal boats on the water. The return leg loops south, crossing branches of the River Kennet and its reed beds, following quiet lanes and crossing grazing pastures.
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The walk is relatively flat with just a few gentle inclines. The surfaces are a mixture of stone and grass towpaths, stone lanes and field paths, many of which can be quite muddy in winter and after periods of rain. Some of the paths can also be overgrown in the summer.
There are several kissing gates on route but no stiles. Some of the fields you cross are likely to be holding cattle so take care with dogs. There is one short section of the route which passes along the edge of an A-road so beware of the traffic and take particular care with children.
Allow two and a half to three hours.
Woolhampton is situated on the A4 between Reading and Newbury. The walk starts and finishes from the Rowbarge pub which is situated on Station Road, immediately alongside the canal swing bridge. If you are arriving by train, the pub is just a few hundred yards south of Midgham Station. If you are arriving by car there is a large car park which is on the south side of the pub. Approximate post code RG7 5SH.
Start point: Rowbarge pub
End point: Rowbarge pub
Distance: six miles
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