The Hartley Arms Donnington (3.5m)

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About two miles from Newbury, in the village of Donnington. Take the old Oxford road from the Waitrose roundabout, then SO at a mini-roundabout and about in a quarter of a mile turn L into Donnington village and the pub is on the R with the car park opposite. Renamed, the Hartley Arms is a small pub that offers food at the upper end of the pub range, though a couple of pub favourites are included. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Go R up the road towards Donnington Castle to reach the cricket field where turn R on the footpath and follow this forward for about 500yds as it passes the rear of a large house and rises through woods before coming out on a main road (fast traffic!) Turn L to the bridge over the bypass, then immediately take a FP L down to Cromwell’s Glen then up to the S gate of Snelsmore Common. Go L onto the track, then immediately R onto a FP that enters woods and descends to Honeybottom. On reaching a drive, take the bridle path off to the L and follow this for 500yds until you meet a FP descending through a field into Bagnor. Turn L along the road past the (closed) Blackbird and after crossing the river take a FP through the LH hedge and follow the R bank of the river under the Newbury Bypass. Continue forward, passing some modern buildings on the L, and leaving the Tee and the fairway of the golf course on your R until you reach the bridge over the ornamental lake on your L. Cross this and go past a walled garden on the L, leaving the drive for a FP going ahead. Take the first FP off on the R and follow this for 200yds to the cricket ground, then go down the road for the pub.
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