A ride across Berkshire to its highest point. At 297 m, Walbury Hill is just 3m higher than Leith Hill in Surrey. The road summit on this ride is at 263 m, on the saddle between Walbury Hill and Combe Gibbet, from where there are extensive views northwards across West Berkshire to the The Ridgeway.
This route ends at Hungerford, from where it is possible to return to Goring by train, or by following the Hungerford to Goring via the Boxford Alps route.
A gentle, winding descent down the delightful Bagnor Valley.
The view from Walbury Hill.
In the interests of directness, this route climbs straight up Streatley Hill, which has a gradient of 15% and can be quite busy. A quieter alternative is to follow the first part of the Tour of the Pang route to Aldworth.
Hampstead Norreys Community Shop after 6.5 miles
Pubs in Chieveley (11.5 miles) and Bagnor (16 miles)
Combe Gibbet was originally erected in 1676 and used only once, for George Broomham and Dorothy Newman, lovers who had murdered Broomham’s wife and son.