Kingsclere Ecchinswell via Frogs Hole

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Newbury, Berkshire, England

Kingsclere Ecchinswell via Frogs Hole is a 5.1 mile loop trail located near Newbury, Berkshire, England that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

Length5.1 miElevation gain439 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingNature tripsWalkingViews
Waypoints (8)
Anchor Yard Car Park
This car park is your starting point a free car park in the centre of Kingsclere. An alternate car park would be the Field Gate centre car park off Fox Lane. Leave the car park down Anchor Yard and turn left onto Newbury Road and follow round to the Frogs Hole on the left just after The Paddock.
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St Mary's
On your return along Newbury Road just after Popes Hill there is a little path that allows you to visit the impressive church - St Mary's. Afterwards you may chose to visit The Crown pub before heading back to the car park a few yards away.
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Frogs Hole
At the end of Frogs Hole path you emerge into open fields the path is meant to cross diagonally but is currently cropped a temporary path is available at the field edge. Follow path around the field heading to Porch Farm.
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Porch Farm
As you pass the farm on the right the path turns right and then left to follow the hedge line. As you reach the woods turn right ( not left like me it was a wrong turn). Follow the path until you reach a cottage and take the left hand path.
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Northwood Copse
After you pass the cottage you will join a short stretch of road but the path appears again on the right after about 50m. Follow the path past some industrial units and you will come to a path junction. This is where you will join the path on your return. Take the left path and follow until you reach the little river.
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Pumping Station
As you cross the river you will see a pumping station turn onto the right path and cross the style. The path continues across another style and field until you reach an access road, immediately is another style on your right, follow the path through the field, over the bridge and follow the field edge.
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When you reach the track follow it up the hill and head straight toward the Cottismore Nurseries which are now closed. Turn right after the bungalow and head into the yard, ahead on the left you will see the next gate. Follow the path around the site until you exit into an open field.
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Skylarks Model Flying Group
This corner of the field is used by a model flying club and their runways are mown into the field. Here the path is unmarked and the right of way is unclear. Suggest you follow the field edge staying aware of any flying going on. They mostly active on Fridays and weekend. At the end of the field you join your outward trail.
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Steve Beckwith
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A very flat route which is quite boring. There is a little bit in the middle through woodland and there is a little stream which is nice and peaceful. The waypoint descriptive text is written through the eyes of a local and for locals with no thought given to those that are from outside. The use of local company/clubs is fantastic but even better if you can see those signs displayed, which you can’t. Great couple pubs in village centre, lovely church, plenty of parking and a couple of newsagents.

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John Johnstone
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This is a good easy walk with minimal climbs. The paths were good although because they are close to water and low lying areas the potential is for mud in winter. Frogs Hole as well as a street name appears to be the narrow gully the path follows near the start of the walk. Some parts are a little overgrown but not problematic. Just as you turn to go back there is a model aircraft flying club airfield, flying days are normally the weekend.

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sarah moxon
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