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Beenham and Douai Abbey

Beenham and Douai Abbey

A 3 mile circular walk from the West Berkshire village of Beenham. The route follows pretty stretches of woodland and arable fields to reach the nearby village of Upper Woolhampton where you'll have chance to admire the buildings of Douai Abbey, a Benedictine monastery. The walk returns through arable fields, grazing pastures and mixed woodlands where you'll enjoy a host of wildlife and wild flowers.

The walk has a few gentle inclines and the woodland paths and pastures can be very muddy at certain times of the year so waterproof boots are recommended. There is one section of road walking so take care of traffic at this point and two of the fields are likely to be holding cattle so take care with dogs. There are three stiles to negotiate and all of these have open wooden fence surrounds so should be straightforward for most dogs. Allow 1 to 1.5 hours.

The village of Beenham is located about 7 miles east of Newbury in West Berkshire. It can be accessed from Junction 12 of the M4 along the A4. The walk starts from outside the Six Bells pub on The Green (the western end of Back Lane within the village). If you will be using the pub before or after your walk then there is a gravel car park opposite it, otherwise park on the village streets with consideration for local residents. Approximate post code RG7 5NX.

The full walk can be viewed and printed via the iFootpath website - Beenham and Douai Abbey This walk is also available on the iFootpath App.

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