The Red Lion - Route 2

An easy walk over flat terrain around The Red Lion.

Technical sheet
No. 4663019
A Blewbury walk posted on 21/01/21 by The Brakspear Pub Trails. Update : 26/01/21
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h05[?]
Distance Distance : 4.42mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 36ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 36ft
Highest point Highest point : 249ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 187ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Blewbury
Starting point Starting point : N 51.567762° / W 1.2363°
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Description

(D/A) Leave the Red Lion car park Leave and turn sharp left and walk along the side of the pub car park. The walls on either side of this path are thatched. At the green bear left on a path which leads to Westbrook Street.

(1) Turn left on Westbrook Street and in a few metres turn right onto the footpath. Follow the clearly defined path for 1.5km to reach Upton village.

(2) At the road, turn left and then right into Church Street continuing ahead to St Mary’s Church. After leaving the church, turn right, ignoring the footpath to the right, and follow the road round to the left. Turn right onto the footpath and after about 70 metres go left under the railway bridge and then immediately right to walk on a clearly defined footpath which leads diagonally away from the old railway embankment.

(3) Where the path forks, take the left fork and at the broad track turn left to arrive at the village pond in West Hagbourne. Turn right and walk through the village.

(4) Just before a sharp right-hand bend turn right into Moor Lane. Continue straight ahead, passing under the railway embankment. After a further 1.25km, at a cross-path, turn right to follow a path along a row of trees. At the end of the second field turn right between the trees and after 20 metres turn left over a low stile. Continue on the clearly defined path for a further 1km to arrive back at Blewbury, (Commemorative stone is on the left).

(5) Turn left into Church End and after 50 metres bear right to enter the churchyard. On leaving the church turn right and follow the path beyond the churchyard. At the green bear left and walk alongside the green to pick up the footpath that was used on the outward leg and return to the Red Lion.(D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 223ft - The Red Lion
1 : mi 0.17 - alt. 217ft - Westbrook Street
2 : mi 1.19 - alt. 240ft - Church Street
3 : mi 1.72 - alt. 213ft - Fork
4 : mi 1.95 - alt. 213ft - Moor Lane
5 : mi 4.06 - alt. 210ft - Church End
D/A : mi 4.42 - alt. 223ft - The Red Lion

Useful Information

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During the walk or to do/see around

St Mary’s Church, Upton is very small with a flint exterior and a very old chancel roof.

The Didcot to Newbury railway line is now disused; it serves as a cycle track to Didcot, and its embankment remains a visible landmark to the north.

A commemorative stone on the last leg of the walk marks the spot where once there was a building and burial ground for the Society of Friends (Quakers).

The large Church of St Michael and all Angels dating from the 11th Century bears witness to the historic wealth of the parish. Around the church there are many fine and historic houses and cottages.

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