Donnington Castle and Snelsmore Common Walk is a 3.6 mile loop trail located near Newbury, Berkshire, England that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and bird watching.

Length3.6 miElevation gain403 ftRoute typeLoop
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Getting There

This is a circular walk including the remains of Donnington Castle, woodland and the easy tranquil paths of Snelsmore Common. There are no stiles on this walk and although there are a couple of fairly steep inclines the walk is suitable for all ages. Please note however it would be tricky to navigate some of the woodland with a pushchair. Snelsmore Common houses grazing cattle and ponies, although these tend to be around the edges of the common, so please be careful with dogs as you enter the common.

The walk starts at The Blackbird, a Michlelin star pub in Bagnor, Newbury. The Blackbird is approximately 2 miles from Newbury town centre and is just off the A34, Newbury Bypass. Post code: RG20 8AQ. If you are not intending to have a drink at the pub, please park at Waypoint 3 instead (Snelsmore Common's free car park) and adjust the walk to start and finish there.

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Jekatyerina Arjulina
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Really good family trail. We were with our 6-year-old and with a 2-y-o in a carrier and had a really great time :)

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eleyne paice
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Trudi Burlton
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Really nice walk

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Lukas Burt
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Stephanie Gardiner
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Aaron Bowsher
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Aaron Bowsher
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Kat Hayes
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Aaron Bowsher
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Doug Millar
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Great walk. Lots of mud!

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kelly walker
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Marina Polak
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Duncan Hawkes
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Sarah Bishop
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Great varied walk

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Dan Tuttle
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Loved this trail! Lot's of good photo opportunities and in the autumn everything looked lovely. Nothing was too hard but not too simple neither.

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Jack Bryant
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Beautiful trail, peaceful walk, good views, can be steep in places.

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Claire Alexandra
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Warren Prescott
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Dipan shah
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Esaú Rodríguez
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Kat H
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Marzia Galvan
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Jade King
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Matt King
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louise king
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Ying Zhang
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Peter Hatter
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brilliant and invigorating

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Victoria Reeve
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Nice, easy walk. Only got lost once which is good for me. I would second parking at Snelsmore as there is lots of parking and you have the option to extend the walk either way.

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Michelle Fraser
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A busy start when beginning with the castle, lots of kids about. But after about 45 minutes it quietened down and was peaceful. Not as many birds as I’d hoped as there were a lot of shooting noises. Saw some cute horses along the way.

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