Pete's Walks - 40-minute Kensworth walk

I did this very short walk on Wednesday 22nd April 2009. It was a lovely Spring day, warm and sunny, but I had a few things to sort out, so I could only do a very short walk in the afternoon. This is a walk from home that I often do when I have just under an hour to spare for a walk.

I started by walking northwest along Common Road, and taking the path on the right immediately beyond the small industrial estate. This path soon joins a farm track.

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Common Road, Kensworth

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The farm track, just beyond the industrial estate

Beyond a gate, the right-of-way leaves the track and goes across some grass on the right, then turns downhill along a hedgerow to rejoin the track near the bottom of the valley. The track passes a rusty barn on the right, then the path turns left and follows the bottom of a steep scrub-covered bank (Codling Bank, according to the map). I met a couple of gentlemen here (including our friendly neighbourhood parish councillor) who had just seen four Buzzards - I saw two just after I left them, and also saw a Common Whitethroat.

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Looking north across the valley behind Kensworth - the path goes to the right of the  rusty barn, then goes left, along the bottom of the steep bank on the opposite slope.

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Looking east along the valley

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The path at the bottom of the valley, just before it turns left

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Looking back along the valley

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The path along the bottom of the steep Codling Bank - I saw two Buzzards  and a Common Whitethroat as I walked along here

At the end of Codling Bank, the path meets the path that encircles Kensworth Quarry. I turned right on the Quarry path, initially heading up a steep flight of steps, with the quarry on my left.

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The steep paths beside Kensworth Quarry, part of the long circular Quarry path - I saw Cowslips and my first Herb Robert of the year here

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Looking back from the top of the steps

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The quarry path at the top of the steps

At the top of the hill, the Quarry path turns right. After passing a small wood on my right, I left the Quarry path by turning right, and followed a path that took me to Hollicks Lane, near Church End.

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The Quarry path turns right, along the top of the hill

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Having turned right off the Quarry path, this approaching Church End

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Hollicks Lane

I turned right, but instead of following Hollicks Lane back to Common Road, I soon took a path forking half-left. Unfortunately this had not been re-instated after ploughing, but fortunately the soil was dry and firm and I had no difficulty making my way across to the corner of the field. There was no path either in the next field, as I made my way across the valley. But at least there was a headland to follow most of the way up the far side. At the top of the hill I reached Common road again, and turned right to return home.

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The path here has not been reinstated - it goes across the valley to the bottom of the L-shaped headland, then follows it round and up to the top of the hill, where it reaches Common Road again.

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Looking back from near the top of the hill

This was a very short stroll, but very pleasant. I saw several butterflies - Orange-tip, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and Brimstone.

You can see the same walk on a snowy Winter day here.