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Waltham Saint Lawrence and Shottesbrooke Park

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Shottesbrooke Park

Waltham Saint Lawrence and Shottesbrooke Park is a 4.3 mile loop trail located near Reading, Berkshire, England that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Length 4.3 mi Elevation gain 465 ft Route type Loop
Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Forest Views
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Getting There

A circular walk from the beautiful village of Waltham St Lawrence in Berkshire. The route enjoys long stretches of tree-lined bridleways, with fine views of open fields and woodland. You will pass through several small settlements, including West End, with beautiful historic properties. The return leg leads you through the parkland at Shottesbrooke Park, with its mansion, parkland trees, open pastures, lake and church. The first stretch of the route is along a village road so take care of traffic here. The majority of the route follows tree-lined bridleways which can get muddy in part, so boots are a must and you may need wellingtons in the winter or after periods of rain. You will need to negotiate one kissing gate plus a total of four stiles. The first two stiles have gaps alongside for up to medium-large dogs to squeeze through (standard poodle will just fit!) and the final two stiles are both relatively low so agile medium-large dogs should be able to climb them. However, the first stile and last stile are on the limits of average dogs squeezing through or climbing over, so you may need to be prepared to give a lift instead. You will cross one horse paddock and you will be sharing the parkland paths with sheep. You can avoid the horse paddock (and the first two stiles) by following a stretch of a B-road instead, but this can be quite busy with traffic. Allow 2 hours.

Waltham St Lawrence is located between Reading and Maidenhead in Berkshire, south of the A4 and north of the M4. The walk starts at the tiny village green in the village centre, directly outside the Church of St Lawrence. There is roadside parking around the green and outside the church, or alongside the other village roads. Approximate post code RG10 0JN.

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Joe Phelan
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Walking

A lot of roads but the second half the walk is beautiful. Good pub in Waltham Saint Lawrence to get some lunch.

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William Jones
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Great walk. Few bits along roads and lots of horses.

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Kevin Townsend
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HikingGreat!
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Dorota Hejnowska
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Hannah S
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WalkingGreat!
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Rachel Rachel
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WalkingGreat!

Fave walk so far, the section through Shottesbrooke Park is particularly beautiful, looking forward to walking it again.

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Michael Curtis
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WalkingGreat!
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eva mm
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Great trail, loads to see, good variety of sceneries. Very quiet, we came across a couple of people on horses. We'll do it again :-)

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David Varela
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Lisa Mitchell
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Really loved this walk, very easy to follow. Couple of cattle grids and Stiles,made it difficult for a big dog but we carried him over. Lovely pub at the end for a well deserved beer!

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Mandy Lee
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Hiking

Got slightly confused at the beginning in relation to the 40mph signs and where to turn off, but soon got into the trail and enjoyed the walk. Would do this walk again

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Holly Crossan
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Hiking

Love love love this walk! So peaceful with stunning nature scenes. It is predominantly through bridleways - something so beautiful and magical being surrounded by only trees. Nice trail for dog walking. There's an option to go around the horse paddock at the end which I would suggest taking if you're dog is anything like mine and gets rather too excited at the sight of another animal. Quiet, steady trail which took me 3 hours with a 45min stop at the lake (beautiful spot for some lunch/rest).

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Georgia Thwaites
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Hiking

Great trail for dog walking, lots of picturesque spots. A bit muddy in places but to be expected at this time of year. There are a few places where dogs need to be on-lead. Took us roughly 2 hours at medium pace.

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Charlie Brown
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Hiking

Nice walk in lovely picturesque villages. Mix of bridlepaths and roads. The roads are very quiet but do require a lead for dogs. Bridlepaths are well used - watch out for the horse manure!

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Richard J
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Lovely walk... Waltham St Lawrence is a lovely village with a pub too. Shottesbrooke Park is lovely to walk through - it is a managed country estate and dogs must be kept on the lead as there are free roaming sheep. The small church is often open and is lovely inside.

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Martyn Herriott
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Muddy

May 11th 2019 This was a good walk on flat ground through lovely countryside. Not a challenging walk at all and we completed it in under 2 hours; including a break half way round. if you finish by 1.30 or after 6, the Bell Inn is available for drinks and food.

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Tim Tim
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I'd say this is an average walk, compared to others in local area. The first 2/3 are a series of long single-track woodland paths flanked with trees. This means there's not too much variety of points of interest, and it shades from the sunshine beaming elsewhere for long periods. However the last 1/3 is lovely once you arrive in Shottesbrooke Park, with the churchyard and walking past the beautiful red-brick orchard. Also ending a 2 hours walk with a 15th century pub is always a bonus! Overall 3/5.

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Julia Hill
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Beautiful woodland paths with plenty of shade even on the hottest of days.

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Fiona Gillings
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Jordan Davidson
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Anne Coombes
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Tom Norgate
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Eduardo Salazar
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Anthony Hill
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Tejal Kothari
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Jolanta Stanke
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Olivia Barrett
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Lisa Whitton
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Neil Brookes
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Olivia Barrett
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