We have developed 4 routes which are known as the Woodland route (5 miles), the Bluebell Route (10 miles) and the River route (15 miles) – you can download the PDFs below, or scan the QR code to view the route on your phone. If you prefer to use your own app, see the bottom of the page for details on how to download a .GPX file.
5 Mile Route
The original 5 mile route has been designed for those that are new to walking, or perhaps want to bring their children and/or dogs along for a nice day out in the surrounding countryside.
Starting in Elms Field, it quite quickly passes along footpaths, through into the countryside and woodland without crossing any major roads. There is a bridge over the railway line on the outbound leg which is avoided on the Accessible route.
On the way out you will pass the Henry Lucas Hospital, Wokingham’s only grade 1 listed building which was built in 1665 as an Alms House for the elderly of the area.
There will be a free “Nature Trail” included to keep the children occupied which involves looking for nature and wildlife along the route.
10 Mile Route
The 10 mile route was introduced as an interim distance challenge. Both the 10 and 15 miles routes start on the same paths as the Woodland route and then split off in the Gorrick Plantation, taking a bridleway that emerges on Nine Mile Ride.
15 Mile Route
If you follow the longer route (15 Mile) the path takes you by Wellington College where numerous famous past pupils including James Hunt, Will Young, Rory Bremner and George Orwell were educated.
This route will then drop down and follow the river Blackwater towards Ambarrow Car Park where it will rejoin the 10 mile route
After climbing to the ridge to Finchampstead spare a moment at St James Church. This beautiful 12th century church uniquely has the burials of two holders of the Victoria Cross Britain’s highest award for bravery: Alfred Stowell Jones VC – Delhi – Indian Mutiny and Sir John Watson VC Won at Lucknow – Indian Mutiny
You can view the maps on your phone’s browser by scanning the above QR codes and pressing the map icon – pressing the target icon will allow you to follow your progress.
If you have a preferred walking app that you use you can also download the route as a GPX file into your app.
Go to https://www.wokinghamwalk.co.uk/routes and select the download/print button for the route that you wish to download
In the Download section, select the type of download that you want i.e. Garmin, or Route You Android- app, Route You Apple-app etc. and follow the instructions.
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