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Waltham Saint Lawrence and Shottesbrooke Park

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Waltham Saint Lawrence and Shottesbrooke Park is a 6.9 kilometer 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.

Distance: 6.9 km Elevation Gain: 142 m Route Type: Loop

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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.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

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.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Beautiful woodland paths with plenty of shade even on the hottest of days. I wouldn't do this walk in winter unless I fancied a mud bath 😊

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