Pete's Walks- Sonning Common and Mapledurham (page 1 of 5)

If you are considering walking this route yourself, please see my disclaimer. You may also like to see these notes about the maps.

Google map of the walk

I did this circular walk of about 12.4 miles on Saturday, 3rd December 2016. It was a variation on a walk I did in October 2015, with three or four miles on paths I'd not walked before.

I parked in the small car park (just two places) at the Kennylands Millennium Green on the southern edge of the village of Sonning Common (Grid Reference SU 714795) and started walking about 9:50am. I turned right and followed the path round the edge of the green (going anti-clockwise). After turning left in a corner, I went about halfway down the next side, then went through a metal gate on the right to reach a minor road. Across this and a few yards to the left a path started down a track between two houses. Beyond these it turned slightly right to continue between fences between paddocks, then crossed an arable field to reach Bur Wood. Beyond this narrow wood, the path followed a headland between two fields of cabbages (or suchlike) to reach a gate and the drive to Vines Farm.

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The Kennylands Millennium Green, Sonning Common

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The start of the path to Bur Wood

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The path to Bur Wood

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The path to Bur Wood

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The path continuing from Bur Wood

I turned right along the drive, a restricted byway, soon passing Vines Farm and continuing along a farm track with hedges either side. After following the byway for about half a mile, I crossed a lane and continued straight on down Hazelmoor Lane. I followed this for just over half a mile, to reach the wonderfully named Gallowstree Common.

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The byway, approaching Vines Farm

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The byway continuing from Vines Farm

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The byway continuing from Vines Farm

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The byway descending through Grove Wood

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Hazelmoor Lane

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Hazelmoor Lane, entering Gallowstree Common

At the end of the lane, I crossed over a minor road and continued down the street opposite. Immediately I passed an old wellhouse on my right. Where the street turned left, I went right to enter a corner of New Copse. Here I took the leftmost of three rights-of-way, following a footpath north just inside the edge of the wood.

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Old wellhouse, Gallowstree Common

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Old wellhouse, Gallowstree Common

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Gallowstree Common

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The path going north through New Copse

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The path going north through New Copse