Explore the most popular Forest trails in North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Nice 2 hour walk on mixture of canal towpath, tracks, fields and lanes through the beautiful Berks countryside. Finishes at the Dundas Arms right in the canal got a well earned pint. Directions on the app were spot on and accurate.

Great little walk. Just enough variety to keep you entertained!

Nice walk but note that the Blackbird is now a fine dining restaurant not a country inn! Friendly and fine for a drink but very few bar snacks. Food looked good if you want a full meal but quite pricey and you'd need to book.

A lovely, varied walk. I found it helpful to check where I was on the gps map; even though the instructions are fine, I still got a bit lost. The ancient well was a bit underwhelming.

I did this walk with my boys today, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We've all decided we want to live at Upton Manor it's a stunning house. We did take the shortcut as didn't want to take the kids on the road. It was completely clear (guess because it's winter) and a really nice footpath. It did look like it had been cleared though. I would highly recommend this walk, we wore wellies but I reckon you could get away with good walking boots.

Pleasant walk. Muddy - walked on wet December day. Don't miss the left turn on road in Frilsham. We did!!

Really nice short walk with plenty of variety

Lovely walk with good directions. By Linda

We have tried this walk both clockwise and anti-clockwise and agree that it's best anti-clockwise as shown. We also extended it by a couple of miles with paths north-east of Upton and used the longer route for a Ramblers walk, and all the group loved it. Similar to a couple of other comments, I was bothered by flies on one occasion for about a quarter of a mile at the top of the first hill, but then they left me. Overall, beautiful and pleasant.

excellent for the kids, with great views!

Great, easy to follow directions and lovely, easy walk (especially on a crisp Autumn day) where dogs can be off the lead for most of it. The pub is dog friendly but we found it very overpriced for the standard of Sunday roast (which was very average) so probably wouldn’t eat there again, but good for a pint!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Walked 19 Feb 2017 - very muddy through the woods but was easy to follow route

If attempting this walk after wet weather prepare for lots of thick mud.

Nice walk but instructions across Snelsmore common need to be looked at. Got horribly lost (even though we re-read them 6 times) and had to retrace our steps to get back. Disappointing.

Great walk and very varied. The pub now has about 20 signs on all fence posts outside saying for patrons only, so as we were not intending to eat there, we decided to start at Snelsmore Common car park(free) and do the walk from waymark 3 and back to there. It worked just as well and Donnington Castle is a good picnic spot.

This is a lovely walk with lots of variety and chances to stop along the way at interesting places such as the castle and nice viewpoints. The pub is friendly and does a good Sunday roast!!

7 months ago

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