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Sonning Common to Pangbourne - car-free around Reading

A leisurely walk (countryside) starting and finishing in Berkshire, England, about 9.99km (6.21 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 2:30. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 60m (196ft)
Loss 114m (374ft)
Max. Elevation 140m (459ft)
Elevation (total) 174m (570ft)
Sonning Common
Distance 9.99km
Duration ~2:30
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 29 Oct 2010
It's easy to find an enjoyable walk near Reading. The extensive bus network connects the town to many of the surrounding villages. The website www.roundreadingwalk.co.uk has 15 walks near the town, including this route through the beech woodlands of the beautiful Chiltern hills. And all these routes make a pleasurable alternative to a day at the Oracle shopping centre!

Walk Functions


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Walk Map


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From the Post Office in Sonning Common, walk down Woodlands Rd into Old Copse. At the path junction in the woods, bear left towards New Copse.
Gallowstree Common About 1.55 km (~0.96 miles) from
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Follow the bridleway just inside the woods to Gallowstree Common.
Withy Copse About 1.40 km (~0.87 miles) from
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Take the path through Withy Copse, signposted towards Cane End. At the Palm Tree restaurant, cross the Reading Road (A4074).
Newney Green About 1.03 km (~0.64 miles) from
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Take the path through the woods to Newney Green, also known as Nuney Green. Follow the path heading southwest to the King Charles Head, formerly a pub (don't worry, there's one coming up).
King Charles Head About 0.93 km (~0.58 miles) from
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Cross the road and take the path signposted 'Path Hill'.
Past the woods About 1.02 km (~0.63 miles) from
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Follow the path that runs along the northern edge of the lovely woods, typical of the Chilterns.
Across the countryside About 0.88 km (~0.55 miles) from
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The path heads out into farmland, heading westwards towards Whitchurch.
Whitchurch About 1.00 km (~0.62 miles) from
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Pass through the village, which has some interesting old buildings, including a Norman church.
Towards Pangbourne About 0.92 km (~0.57 miles) from
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Follow the path from Whitchurch south to Pangbourne.
Pangbourne About 1.26 km (~0.78 miles) from
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It's a short walk along the road to Pangbourne, on the River Thames. Plenty of pubs to make up for the closed one earlier. There are trains back to Reading, or buses if you bought a day ticket. More great walks around Reading at roundreadingwalk.co.uk

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