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Murder Most Local

Berkshire Walk: It’s a Murder Most Local 5 miles/2 hours – OS Explorer 158 Newbury & Hungerford In December 1876, two policemen on night patrol outside Hungerford surprised a gang of poachers at Folly Cross.  During the ensuing scuffle, Inspector Joseph Drewett was fatally shot and Constable Thomas Shorter was bludgeoned to death.  Four members …

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The Other Ramsbury Manor

RAMSBURY MANOR LOCOMOTIVE   “Ramsbury Manor” (No.7829) was the last of the GWR Manor Class steam locomotives to be built and (together with her sister No.7808 “Cookham Manor”) the last to be withdrawn from service. “Ramsbury Manor” was built in December 1950 and condemned in December 1965. Engines in the Manor class had a 4-6-0 …

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Local Ramsbury Walks

Ramsbury Walks – Keeping it local Many rights of way take full advantage of our beautiful outstanding natural beauty landscape and surroundings and are a great way of getting out into the countryside. However, there are a number of rather more mundane walking routes closer to home in Ramsbury which we take for granted everyday but …

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Encroaching Cronuts

We check out the latest patisserie sensation In exciting foodie news, the UK’s first official Cronut bakery has now opened.  Dangerously, it’s in Pimlico so (just) within commuting distance of Ramsbury. If you’re not yet a fan of the Cronut, prepare to be amazed.  This flaky, hybridised croissant-doughnut pastry was invented (like so many good things) in New …

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Spring Hill

Ramsbury Walk – Spring Hill a View to Remember Another great view over the Kennet Valley – indeed, perhaps the best view of all – is looking north from Spring Hill over to Ramsbury. Spring Hill is named for the springs of water which still (occasionally) flow out of the underlying chalk. From the Square, …

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Kennet Valley Walk

Ramsbury Walk – The High Road to the Kennet Valley On a sunny autumn afternoon, the views north across the Kennet from the scarp slopes to the south are spectacular. For a good vantage point, take Bridleway #48 from the Manor, out past Cutnights to where the track forks by the old bridge. Here, the …

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Sound Bottom Walk

Ramsbury Walks – School Drove / Sound Bottom (Ramsbury Bridleway #8A/Byway #35) Until well into the 18th century, Sound Bottom provided the main coaching route west from London – presumably a better bet than the marshy Kennet Valley to the south. Even today, it’s a Byway Open to All Traffic, with its fair share of …

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The Best Seven Bridges

Ramsbury Walks – Seven Bridges Walk (Ramsbury #30) and Littlecote House Seven Bridges – circular 45 min (2mi) Seven Bridges and onto Littlecote 1 hour (2.5mi) This pretty and well-used footpath connects King’s Ditch (R#18B) with the C6 Hungerford Road out of Ramsbury and forms part of several popular circuits of the village. Watch your step – …

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A Hike to Membury Fort

Ramsbury walks – Membury Fort Hike Starting near Balak Farm, head up the byway (R#37 Ballyack) beside the farmhouse. Past a barn turn right over a stile, and head downhill (footpath R#25A) keeping north first of the hedge and then of the plantation at the bottom of the valley.  There is a small hunting lodge …

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