Geo-Trips :: Exploring some of the countryside north of Reading

North of Reading

A walk from Mapledurham car park, Sat, 24 Feb 2007 by Graham Horn

This was one of my early Geograph walks, with two objectives. I was out and about at every possible opportunity, putting in practice walks for my Macmillan Way trip later in the year. Having also discovered Geograph I was already starting to expand my own portfolio of personal squares covered. The Chilterns had been pretty comprehensively "done" but it gave me a chance to plan routes that linked as many squares as possible, and this was one such trip.

It was not a bright day, indeed it was cool and dull, but it was dry which in February is a bonus. There was no one "must visit" point, just a poodle around the first stretch of countryside north of Reading.

Click the blue circles to see a photograph taken from that spot and read further information about the location. The blue lines indicate the direction of view. There is also a slideshow of this trip. ( )

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SU7075 : St Peter's Avenue by Graham Horn
St Peter's Avenue
Caversham Heights, the expensive end of Reading

SU7075 : Richmond Road by Graham Horn
Richmond Road
Caversham Heights, the expensive end of Reading. Most of the roads are wide with... more

SU7075 : Caversham Heights by Graham Horn
Caversham Heights
Junction of Richmond Road and Conisboro Avenue. The expensive end of Reading,... more

SU7075 : Caversham Heights by Graham Horn
Caversham Heights
Some of the many tall trees lining the roads in this expensive part of Reading.... more

SU7076 : Path to Hemdean Bottom by Graham Horn
Path to Hemdean Bottom
One of the paths dropping down from Caversham Heights towards Hemdean Bottom (aka... more

SU7076 : Hemdean Bottom area by Graham Horn
Hemdean Bottom area
A lot of controversy locally as new houses (mainly the white ones in this picture)... more

SU7076 : Bugs Bottom by Graham Horn
Bugs Bottom
Called Hemdean Bottom on most maps, but known locally as Bugs Bottom, and now with... more

SU7076 : The bus link that never was by Graham Horn
The bus link that never was
As part of the plan to develop this part of Hemdean Bottom, it was intended that... more

SU7076 : Bugs Bottom by Graham Horn
Bugs Bottom
The finger of green that was saved from development and is still a popular green... more

SU7076 : Bugs Bottom by Graham Horn
Bugs Bottom
Looking from the rising land to the north, the green finger of parkland can be... more

SU7076 : On the bridleway to Tanners Lane by Graham Horn
On the bridleway to Tanners Lane
Looking north, gentle climb up past the golf course on the right. This tree would... more

SU7077 : Entrance to the golf course by Graham Horn
Entrance to the golf course
The footpath entrance to the golf course, with a notice which says "You are... more

SU7077 : Paddock near Tanner's Farm by Graham Horn
Paddock near Tanner's Farm
The horses look cold even with blankets on. There was a stiff northerly-westerly... more

SU7077 : Prospect of a view? by Graham Horn
Prospect of a view?
The footpath starts between two gardens, with this narrow passage. Ahead is the... more

SU7077 : Towards Dyson's Wood by Graham Horn
Towards Dyson's Wood
As the footpath emerges from between two high fences, the view opens out. The... more

SU7077 : Dyson's Wood Farm by Graham Horn
Dyson's Wood Farm
Onto the muddy lane. This picture is taken from the exact opposite direction to... more

SU7077 : Farmland near Dyson's Wood Farm by Graham Horn
Farmland near Dyson's Wood Farm
Don't know what the humps on the right of the picture are. Nothing marked on... more

SU7077 : Toker's Green pond by Graham Horn
Toker's Green pond
Looking very bare on a winter's day, but the ducks were plentiful.

SU7077 : Toker's Green pond by Graham Horn
Toker's Green pond
Looking very bare on a winter's day, but the ducks were plentiful.

SU6978 : Old lime pit by Graham Horn
Old lime pit
One of many within the southern parts of the Chilterns.

SU6978 : Bardolph's Wood by Graham Horn
Bardolph's Wood
Named on 1:25K map but not 1:50K, this is the wood that covers much of the... more

SU6978 : Old lime pit in Bardolph's Wood by Graham Horn
Old lime pit in Bardolph's Wood
There are many small pits such as this in the beechwoods of the Chilterns.

SU6978 : Bardolph's Wood by Graham Horn
Bardolph's Wood
Western entrance to the wood from the A4074.

SU6977 : Farmland south of Greendean Farm by Graham Horn
Farmland south of Greendean Farm
Looking south east. The pylons crossing the field E-W can be seen. The A4074 is... more

SU6877 : Stormy skies by Graham Horn
Stormy skies
Farmland to the southwest of Greendean Farm, looking towards Trench Green, from... more

SU6878 : Footpath to Hodmore Farm by Graham Horn
Footpath to Hodmore Farm
Typical footpath and farmland scenery in this square.

SU6878 : Footpath to Hodmore Farm by Graham Horn
Footpath to Hodmore Farm
Hodmore Farm buildings seen at the end of the footpath. Lots of recent hedge... more

SU6878 : Footpath at Hodmore Farm by Graham Horn
Footpath at Hodmore Farm
Looking north-east towards Great Dean Wood in the distance. Lots of footpath... more

SU6778 : Bridleway at Cross Lanes by Graham Horn
Bridleway at Cross Lanes
The entrance to the bridleway. A notice by the County Council is threatening... more

SU6778 : Bridleway north of Cross Lanes by Graham Horn
Bridleway north of Cross Lanes
Where the bridleway starts to fall away into a small valley at the north east part... more

SU6779 : Root network by Graham Horn
Root network
In an area where the bridleway is sunken below the level of the land, the root... more

SU6779 : Woods at Walk Shaw by Graham Horn
Woods at Walk Shaw
More evidence of the tree fellers work. (Cue old joke).

SU6779 : Storm damage by Graham Horn
Storm damage
A very sizeable branch that came down in the recent storms, and is being cleared... more

SU6779 : Cane End House by Graham Horn
Cane End House
Grade II listed building, with renovated outbuildings and stables that have won a... more

SU6779 : The Fox at Cane End by Graham Horn
The Fox at Cane End
At one time the northerly outpost of the Gales Of Horndean empire. Nowadays a... more

SU6879 : Footpath near Cane End by Graham Horn
Footpath near Cane End
This is the point where the footpath from Cane End to Kidmore End leaves the road.... more

SU6879 : Footpath to Kidmore End by Graham Horn
Footpath to Kidmore End
On the path between Cane End and Kidmore End. The flinty soil is very clearly... more

SU6879 : Footpath to Cane End by Graham Horn
Footpath to Cane End
This is a well established cross-field path between Kidmore End and Cane End,... more

SU6979 : Footpath to Kidmore End by Graham Horn
Footpath to Kidmore End
The path takes a sharp turn here. Now in the middle of a large field, this was... more

SU6979 : Bridleway near Highland Wood by Graham Horn
Bridleway near Highland Wood
Looking north, the bridleway from Highland Wood to Kidmore End, leaves the wood... more

SU6979 : Bark by Graham Horn
Bark
A fallen silver birch tree displays excellent bark patterns. In Highland Wood.

SU6979 : In Highland Wood by Graham Horn
In Highland Wood
Typical light woodland just off the bridleway.

SU6978 : In Highland Wood by Graham Horn
In Highland Wood
Typical light woodland in this square.

SU6878 : In Highland Wood approaching A4074 by Graham Horn
In Highland Wood approaching A4074
The last part of the bridleway falls down towards the A4074, leaving SU6978 and... more

SU6978 : Tankers Table Wood by Graham Horn
Tankers Table Wood
Only just off the A4074, a heavily used route between Reading and Oxford, woods... more

SU6878 : Tinker's Green by Graham Horn
Tinker's Green
All the houses in the hamlet of Tinker's Green (named on 1:25K but not 1:50K maps)... more

SU6878 : The Pink House by Graham Horn
The Pink House
The other house in Tinker's Green. It would not look out of place in Lavenham, in... more

SU6878 : Farmland near Tinker's Green by Graham Horn
Farmland near Tinker's Green
Looking east towards Tinker's Green. After ploughing, the farmer has helpfully... more

SU6877 : Through the scrubby bit by Graham Horn
Through the scrubby bit
A small patch of woodland is shown at SU 684777. This really is a scrubby bit of... more

SU6877 : Old barn at Trench Green by Graham Horn
Old barn at Trench Green
This old barn is substantial enough to be marked in its own right on the 1:50K and... more

SU6877 : Trench Green by Graham Horn
Trench Green
Concrete farm road and rough pasture make for an unexciting place. The buildings... more

SU6877 : Footpath near Trench Green by Graham Horn
Footpath near Trench Green
The dip of the footpath into this little valley and the climb up the other side... more

SU6877 : Footpath to Trench Green by Graham Horn
Footpath to Trench Green
Pithouse Farm is the building on the left in the middle distance. The footpath is... more

SU6876 : Practice anyone? by Graham Horn
Practice anyone?
The north-east section of the square is occupied by a few holes of the Caversham... more

SU6876 : Newell's Lane by Graham Horn
Newell's Lane
Two footpaths combine at the camera position, then diverge again at the start of... more

SU6876 : Towards the golf course by Graham Horn
Towards the golf course
The footpath turns sharp left and heads towards the relatively recent (last 10... more

SU6976 : Footpath across the golf course by Graham Horn
Footpath across the golf course
The path remains well separated from the golfcourse. Fairly safe from even the... more

SU6976 : Cottage on the golf course by Graham Horn
Cottage on the golf course
This thatched cottage would once have been splendidly isolated, although at the... more

SU6976 : Cottage on the golf course by Graham Horn
Cottage on the golf course
This picture shows the location of the cottage on the golf course, showing just... more

SU6975 : Mapledurham playing fields by Graham Horn
Mapledurham playing fields
Possibly wins the title of least attractive building in this well-heeled grid... more

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