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Wiltshire Walk: White Horse, Pubs, Views! A Horse and a Smithy  – 3-5 miles/4-8 km – 1-2 hours - OS Explorer 170 – Vale of White Horse Uffington’s famous White Horse needs little introduction – some 3000 years old, its minimalist design is instantly recognisable and unlike any other chalk figure in the world.  Indeed, it’s so stylised, there are some...
Ramsbury Walk: I❤ Ohio 4 miles / 1½-2 hours OS Explorer 157 (Marlborough/Savernake) During World War 2, Ramsbury and surrounding villages were home to the Screaming Eagles, the US 101st Airborne Division whose Easy Company in particular have become immortalised as the “Band of Brothers”. Littlecote House was requisitioned in 1943 to house the officers and men as they trained, first for...
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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 of a local family were soon...
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Wiltshire Walk: Barbury Castle So much for a 'sponsored walk' then! Toddling the Ridgeway - Barbury Castle to Avebury – 6 miles/2½ hours - OS Explorer 157 On Saturday  20 May, as part of Ramsbury Week, over 100 friends and neighbours completed a sponsored walk along this section of the Ridgeway in aid of Ramsbury Pre-School.  For those who couldn't join us...
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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the GWR Manor Class steam locomotives to be built and (together with her sister No.7808 “Cookham Manor”) the last to be withdrawn from service.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 wheel arrangement and, with an axle loading of...
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 without which it would be...
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, walk down Scholard’s Lane to the...
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 “low road” to the right (Ramsbury...
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 vehicular use.  As a result,...
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 – watermeadows can, by definition, be boggy underfoot,...

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