five beautiful walks around inkpen

walks in and around Inkpen

Located in the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), Inkpen offers a variety of walking environments including high chalk ridges, mixed farmland and deciduous woodland.

The five circular walks described here each has a different character and between them they cover the best routes and key landmarks in and around Inkpen. They each start/finish at one of Inkpen’s two pubs: The Crown & Garter and The Swan. They are of various lengths and are intended for both visitors and villagers alike. Some offer long distance views in all directions from high chalk hills, others pass through tranquil woodland in the valley. Wildlife of all kinds is plentiful and readily seen. The character of these walks also changes with the seasons thereby providing year-round variety and enjoyment.

Rights of way in Inkpen are overseen by the voluntary Inkpen Rights of Way Committee (IRWC), which has also created these walks.

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These walks include family friendly walks as well as providing greater levels of challenge. Likewise, these may take between one and a quarter hours right up to five and a half hours. Each walk has an accompanying pdf file, together with gpx and kml files. Enjoy!

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walk 1

This is a walk of about 3.6 miles (5.8 Km) and should take between 1.5 and 2.5 hrs. This is graded an easy walk with no stiles, but can be a little muddy.

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walk 2

6.3 miles (10.2 Km)  with a climb up to the chalk ridge to the south of Inkpen. Allow 2 to 3 hrs. There are stiles and some mud in wet weather.

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walk 3

This is a shortened version of walk 2, just 4.4 miles (7 Km) and involves the ascent and descent of steep slopes. It has stiles and can be a little muddy.

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walk 4

This is a fairly level walk of 4 miles (6.4 Km) expected to take 1.25 to 2 hrs. The section through Anvilles Copse is soft to muddy throughout the year.

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walk 5

This is a long and fairly strenuous walk involving a steep descent including stiles. Going may be soft and even a little boggy. 11.3 miles (18.2 Km), about 3.5 to 5.5 hrs.

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Inkpen Rights of Way Committee

The Inkpen Rights of Way Committee (IRWC) was formed more than 30 years ago and comprises villagers who represent a variety of interests such as horse riding, cycling, conservation and nature study as well as walking. It also includes a Parish Council representative to ensure good links between the two bodies.

The main purpose of the IRWC is to ensure that the 51 rights of way in the village are clearly signposted and way-marked and are maintained in a state which enables them to be used at all times of the year (albeit with wellies). Inkpen is fortunate not just in having so many paths but also in that, in general, local landowners and occupiers are co-operative and respond positively to suggestions for improvements and way-marking.

IRWC is also committed to increasing residents’ awareness of the existence of Inkpen’s rights of way and promoting their use. It is with this aim in mind that ‘Walks in and around Inkpen’ is published on this website. We hope that you enjoy them.


Inkpen Rights of Way Committee Contacts

Janet Dunbar, Secretary and Treasurer, Tel. Inkpen 669177
Gloria Keene, Chairman, Tel. Inkpen 668960
Steve Connors, Vice-Chairman, Tel. Inkpen 668642

North Wessex AONB http://www.northwessexdowns.org.uk/
The Crown & Garter http://www.crownandgarter.co.uk/
geocaches http://www.geocaching.com/
OS MapFinder https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/shop/mapfinder

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