A pleasant walk through the woods of Crookham Common and along the bank of the River Enborne.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) Leave Crookham Common car park by the path with the 'Greenham and Crookham Common' sign and a post with a butterfly on an arrow. Follow this path past another post, and at the next post turn left to follow the arrow. Continue straight along this path (this time ignoring the post with butterfly/arrow), and pass through a stand of silver birch trees to reach a T junction below a large oak.
(1) Take the right-hand path, which narrows and descends to Thornford Road. Cross the road and go down to the ford.
(2) Cross the River Enborne by the footbridge, then go through a gap on your left-hand side, in the opposite hedge to reach the bank of the river. The public footpath follows the meandering river bank.
Follow this path, and please respect the notices saying "Conservation headland: please keep off". After more than 1km, the path continues through a kissing gate, and shortly reaches a footbridge over the river.
(3) Cross over the footbridge and take the right-hand path, which initially goes to the left of the trees on the riverbank downstream. The path then goes diagonally (North East) across the field. It should be visible on the ground but, if not, aim for the electricity transformer on a pole.
After a footbridge over a field ditch, the path deviates slightly to the left, so now aim for the large oak tree to the left of the house. When you reach this, follow the narrow path alongside the house and then turn left uphill along the track.
At the top of the hill, continue along the public footpath into a narrow 'finger' of trees (this is marked by an arrow on a wooden post). The path then joins a driveway that emerges onto Crookham Common Road.
(4) Cross the road and enter the woods through a gap opposite (you may need to go 10m to the right if it is overgrown). Turn left along a path in the narrow strip of common land between the road and the caravan park, which emerges back onto the road a short distance from the caravan park's entrance.
The path continues from the other side of this entrance, beside a 'Keep Berkshire Tidy' sign. Keep straight ahead crossing several driveways to houses on the edge of the common until you have passed the covered reservoir on your left-hand side. Then before reaching Crookham Hill road, take the next track to the left to return to Crookham Common Road and the car park. (D/A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 387ft - Crookham Common car park
1 : mi 0.35 - alt. 341ft - Path junction
2 : mi 0.56 - alt. 240ft - Ford
3 : mi 1.64 - alt. 223ft - Footbridge
4 : mi 2.48 - alt. 374ft - Crookham Common Road
D/A : mi 3.45 - alt. 387ft - Crookham Common car park
The walk starts and ends at the Crookham Common car park (free) at the junction of Crookham Hill, Crookham Common Road and Old Thornford Road. It has a barrier to prevent higher vehicles from entering.
The pub on Crookham Common Road has now closed permanently.
For a longer version of this walk starting from Thatcham Station (10.5km), see "Crookham Common and the River Enborne from Thatcham"
Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.
(D) Old Thornford Road used to continue across Greenham Common to Greenham. When the US Airforce base was built, this road was closed and Thornford Road was built (the A339 has also diverted away from the air base).
(2) The ford is too deep for cars, except perhaps in the dryest of weather. The numerous warning signs and the gate are the results of a fatal accident when a car was washed downstream.
(2) The River Enborne marks the county boundary between Berkshire and Hampshire.
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