For this month’s walk we are going to try a new walking area with the prospect of a visit to a warm pub at the end of our winter walk so I’ve have arranged to start and end our walk at The Plough, Shalbourne. We’ll meet in the car park at The Plough (park there or beside The Green opposite) and take a 3.5 mile circular walk past the watercress beds, up the hill and across the road to zig zag our way to Shalbourne Heath Plantation & Baverstock’s Copse – a remote area but criss-crossed by many footpaths, bridleways & tracks. Then it is back to Shalbourne, past the church, where inside can be seen a plaque commemorating Jethro Tull (the agriculturalist – not the rock band!). He farmed at nearby Prosperous Farm. We’ll arrive back at the pub about 12.45pm – in time for an optional Sunday lunch there.
If you would like to stay for lunch at The Plough afterwards, please book with them directly in advance 01672 870295 www.ploughshalbourne.co.uk. When you book, tell them to note that you are with Bedwyn Footpaths Group and they will seat us together if they can. You will need to give them your menu choices a few days in advance so that they can cope with a group arriving all together.
The incline up from Shalbourne is quite steep but it comes at the beginning of the walk and we’ll take it slowly. After that the walking gets much easier, some on hard surface, broad grass tracks and woodland paths. Expect mud in places – or ice depending on the temperature!
Dogs on leads on the walk please – sheep in fields & busy road crossings. Please check with the pub if you want to take dogs inside.