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Donnington Castle and Snelsmore Common

Donnington Castle and Snelsmore Common

​This is a circular walk of approximately 4 miles, including the remains of Donnington Castle, woodland and the easy tranquil paths of Snelsmore Common.

There are no stiles on this walk and although there are a couple of fairly steep inclines the walk is suitable for all ages. Please note however it would be tricky to navigate some of the woodland with a pushchair.

Snelsmore Common houses grazing cattle, although these tend to be around the edges of the common, so please be careful with dogs as you enter the common.

The walk starts at The Blackbird, a lovely country pub in Bagnor, Newbury. The Blackbird is approximately 2 miles from Newbury town centre and is just off the A34, Newbury Bypass. Post code: RG20 8AQ. If you are not intending to have a meal at the pub, please park at Waypoint 3 instead (Snelsmore Common's free car park) and adjust the walk to start and finish there.

The full walk can be viewed and printed via the iFootpath website - Pangbourne and River Thames This walk is also available on the iFootpath App.

To book discount train tickets to this location please visit Train Genius

Location (Map)

Donnington Castle and Snelsmore Common
Windsor and Eton via the Thames Path