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Aldermaston Wharf and Padworth Walk is a 1.7 mile loop trail located near Beenham, Berkshire, England that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and bird watching.

Length 1.7 mi Elevation gain 114 ft Route type Loop
Kid friendly Hiking Walking Bird watching Running Forest River Wildlife Historic site
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Getting There

A circular walk from Aldermaston Wharf in West Berkshire. The walk starts at the visitor centre on the Kennet and Avon Canal before joining rural tracks and paths across several waterways and fields to reach the adjacent village of Padworth with a beautiful church, imposing mansion house and old parkland. The return leg follows a pretty stretch of the River Kennet. The walk is relatively flat with just a couple of very gentle slopes. The paths follow unmade tracks and grass paths across fields, parkland and alongside the river, all of which can be very muddy after rain and in the winter months. You will need to negotiate several gates, narrow footbridges and one stile (which is very low and also has open fence surrounds to allow dogs to pass through). You will be sharing a couple of the fields with horses and one field occasionally holds cattle, so take particular care with dogs. Allow 1.5 hours.

Aldermaston Wharf is located just off the A340, close to its junction with the A4 Bath Road. The walk starts and finishes from the Canal Visitor Centre pay and display car park, which is marked with brown tourism signs from the A4. The car park fee is £1 for 2 hours (correct Sept 2015) and the fee is payable at the adjacent tea room when this is open (Wed-Sun) and via the honesty box at other times. Approximate post code RG7 4JS. If this car park is full, there is alternative nearby parking - either free roadside parking on Station Road (the opposite side of the A340) or the pay and display car park for the rail station. If you are coming by train, Aldermaston rail station is just a 10 minute walk from the visitor centre.

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Rich Howgill
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WalkingGreat!

Lovely walk but it was more like 5km following the instructions than the 2.7km it described! Thoroughly enjoyed it anyway but the kids got a bit tired and grumpy by the end!

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Cathy Woodcock
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Really enjoyed this walk. Footpath near the start appears to be closed but was in use with no problems. Path to the left of the lake was impassable but you can get around to the right. A lovely walk overall.

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Natalie Marsh
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Nice walk from the parts we were able to do. The path at the very beginning is completely closed until September 2020 so we took a detour and did a smaller route.

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- 4 months ago

Thanks for the heads up! We've updated the route to exclude the closed section at the beginning.

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LD Walker
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Footpath closed 16th March to 16th Sept (see photo) just at the start, or end depending on which way you go. It has been moved aside but there is another barrier just after the end of the alley

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John Johnstone
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Walking

Some problems on this walk however all was good in the end. Nice walk alongside the river and up the hill to Padworth. One section is marked closed however we found it passable as works appear to have been suspended during lockdown. If it is closed you can still do the walk but extending it and going westward near the end to avoid the blockage. This walk has high potential for mud in the winter.

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Sade Ajose
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Super easy to follow. Dogs had to remain on leads for 90% of it and the salmon runs are pretty load and scary, but lovely walk. I’d recommend it!

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Natasha Laytham
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Beautiful walk. Part of the walk is closed off at the moment. Stunning area!

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Megan Clark
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Hiking

Loved this walked, easy to do, great for all ages. It was very picturesque with Lots to see on the way round! We took a detour through the woods and up to the road instead of the paddock. We then joined the route back at the church. Good option if you’re a bit scared of walking through a field of horses like I was!

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Katherine Miller
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Walking

This was my first walk using this app. The instructions were excellent and, for a short walk, there was good variety.

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Juli Morgan-Russell
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Hiking

Lovely walk which is really easy. Never found the handles in electric fence but made no difference! Gorgeous church.

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Mark Blythe
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Hiking

lovely loop on 1st use of this app...all info worked well....enjoy Mark & Sharon Blythe

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Jane Jane
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We had a lovely time walking this route today although we took a little detour through the woods instead of going through the paddocks. Got back on route at Padworth Church after walking along the road a little way. Not muddy or too tacking a walk. Shall do it again

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Joe Doak
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A good little walk: varied elements, interesting buildings and a nice pint of West Berks Maharajah IPA at the Butt Inn towards the end. What’s not to like?!

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Amanda Marsden
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I did this lovely walk a couple of weeks ago on a weekday and have a couple of updates: The Visitor Centre is being totally refurbished and the car park was closed/full of builders vans. They directed me to the boat hire car park but understandably they said no parking. However, there is plenty of parking if you go back to the A340 turn left and immediately right (signposted to Aldermaston Station) just before the canal bridge. There is plenty of on road parking available (no charge) or the station car park (charges). Walking back to and crossing the A340 to turn right over the canal bridge joins the walk close to the start. In the section River Kennet to Stable Block, the directions take you across the large paddock to a rough track. The landscape has changed slightly and there is no opening in the electric fence so I simply turned right and followed the fence up the hill to exit through two gates. This field did have several horses who took a lively interest in my dog (who was on the lead) which took a little bit of management!! I would say that if there has been a lot of rain and the canal/river is high I strongly recommend keeping dogs on leads and children under very close control from turning right just after the trout farm to cross a series of concrete bridges over the river. When I went the water was absolutely racing and there are multiple points at which a child or dog could enter the water (which my dog was desperate to do!). This said this is a lovely gentle, peaceful walk. The directions are spot on. Great views. Points of interest. Echo wellies essential in/after wet weather. ADMIN RESPONSE: Many thanks for all these details, we really appreciate you taking the time to let us know. We have updated the guide and will keep an eye on the Aldermaston Tea Rooms Facebook page, so that we know once the car park and visitor centre re-opens (hopefully Easter).

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Tom Huelin
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Most enjoyable, dog friendly, wellies recommended after wet weather. Five stars!

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Anna Steed
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Yair Halfon
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Daniel Wielgosz
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Verity Michie
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Phil Crook
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Debbie Hiscock
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Steph Clark
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Thomas Penfold
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Ben Evans
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Tony Wiseman
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Peter Maynard
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Elaine Cameron
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Neil Ferguson
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