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Donnington Castle and Snelsmore Common Walk

MODERATE 11 reviews

Donnington Castle and Snelsmore Common Walk is a 5.8 kilometer loop trail located near Newbury, Berkshire, England that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and bird watching.

Distance: 5.8 km Elevation Gain: 123 m Route Type: Loop

kid friendly



bird watching





wild flowers

historic site

pub walk

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.

6 months ago

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.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

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, November 29, 2015

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.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

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.

Friday, October 14, 2011

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!!

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