Walbury Hill, Berkshire
Start: Walbury Hill car park
Finish: Walbury Hill car park
Length: 7.24 km/ 4.5 miles
Weather: Bright and sunny.
This walk is in the extreme south-west tip of Berkshire. The downs culminate in a ridge of imposing hills, which are the highest chalk downs in Britain.
Walbury Hill trig point. At 974 ft, it is the highest point in Berkshire. From the summit there are lovely views of the Kennet valley. Ringing the crest is a large Iron Age hill-fort.
Looking over Combe Hill to the TV or radio mast.
Walking down from the second car park towards Lower Farm and Combe.
The first time I've seen this. Sadly I didn't take them up on the offer as I had no safe way of carrying them.
A pheasant attempting to look conspicuous in the undergrowth.
St. Swithen – Combe's stark, little flint church with wooden shingles on its belfry tower. It was founded in the Saxon times and its oldest surviving parts (the nave and chancel arch) are from the 12th century. It was locked so we could only view it from the outside.
The view from near the church to Combe Hill.
Walking back from our detour to the church.
The Downs from near to Wright's Farm.
Starting the climb back onto the ridge at Inkpen Hill.
On top of the ridge near to Combe Gibbet.
Nearly at the end of the walk, with the car park visible in the distance.
Combe Gibbet stands on the Gallows down, between Walbury Hill and Inkpen Hill. This is a replica of the original gibbet. Here bodies of convicted criminals were hung as a warning of the consequencies of evil-doing. Legend links the gibbet with the Combe wife-killer and his mistress, who were over heard talking of their crime. They were convicted at a court in Newbury and met their fate at Combe Gibbet.