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Rowbarge Canal and River Trail

MODERATE 11 reviews

Rowbarge River and Fisherman's Lane Walk is a 8.9 kilometer loop trail located near Woolhampton, 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: 8.9 km Elevation Gain: 145 m Route Type: Loop

kid friendly



bird watching


partially paved



wild flowers

pub walk

A circular pub walk from the Rowbarge in Woolhampton. The Rowbarge enjoys a lovely position right on the canal with a large garden giving you chance to enjoy all the canal activity while you savour great ales and food. The walking route follows a long stretch of the Kennet and Avon Canal towpath along to Aldermaston Wharf with chance to enjoy plenty of wildlife and canal boats messing about on the water. The return leg loops south, crossing branches of the River Kennet and its reed beds, following quiet lanes and crossing grazing pastures. The walk is relatively flat with just a few gentle inclines. The surfaces are a mixture of stone and grass towpaths, stone lanes and field paths, many of which can be quite muddy in winter and after periods of rain. Some of the paths can also be overgrown in the summer so shorts are not recommended unless you are immune to nettles! There are several kissing gates on route but no stiles. Some of the fields you cross are likely to be holding cattle so take care with dogs. There is one short section of road walking along the edge of an A-road so beware of the traffic and take particular care with children. Allow 2.5 to 3 hours.

2 months ago

Competed the walk today but 2 sections of canal towpath currently closed and had to walk fairly long road section along busy A4 to rejoin the route which sadly did spoil the walk. Also another section of towpath on way back also closed so had to figure out another reroute. Would have been lovely if it wasn’t for that.

6 months ago

Did not like walking next to the road and there is a different way to get to the fields half way.

10 months ago

Did the walk today with the wife. Some of the water sections are really lovely. Came across the young calves other people have mentioned, they were completely harmless. Will come back in the summer.

Sunday, June 03, 2018

great walk!!!

Sunday, June 03, 2018

Loved walk but ditto previous comment. Path still underwater so scrambled under fence to avoid flood! Last leg down canal very overgrown so lots of nettle stings to ankles and arms overhead for that stretch! Still a lovely walk though and a six page Gin Menu at the Rowbarge was a great reward.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Really enjoyed the walk but very overgrown on the last leg. Rowbarge pub really nice & good food.

Monday, March 02, 2015

NB you need only walk a short distance along the A340. At point 4, turn left; at the end of the metal barrier on the other side of the road there is a footpath sign into the field. You can walk through the field rather than along the main road. A lovely walk, much enjoyed. The paths were all clear and well signed yesterday (28 February 2015).

Sunday, July 06, 2014

we really enjoyed this walk fantastic countryside very clear instructions. the only negative I can think of is the main road section, its a very fast road on a blind corner not great with small children and from that point on theres no footpath as such until you get back to the towpath which at this time of year makes it very overgrown. saying that we'd walk it again

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