Walk 3 – Grove Farm Ring – 4 miles

This walk, as do all the described walks, commences at St Andrew’s church South Stoke. There is parking on The Street outside the church.

Proceed south along The Street past the school, Perch and Pike PH and Chapel Close and follow the road as it turns sharply to the left, taking care with oncoming traffic. The Ridgeway path continues straight on, on its way to Avebury.

Proceed under the railway bridge until you reach the junction with the B4009 and turn right (south) towards Goring. Proceed with care and caution and at the bottom of the hill turn left (east) onto the single track road.

Continue on this road passing, after approximately 1mile, cottages and Grove Farm on your left. Be sure to take in the lovely views of the North Downs to your right. When you reach the next road junction, by the Silver Birch tree, turn left (north). The road passes through trees on either side after a while and bluebells and daffodils are in presence during the spring. Take in the views at the top of the hill and maybe the song of the skylarks; proceed until you reach the crossroads at the bottom of the hill. This is part of the Icknield Way.

At the cross roads turn left towards South Stoke and proceed straight ahead for 1.5 miles, passing Ivol Barn on your right, until you reach the crossroads with the B4009. Continue straight ahead into Ferry Road, taking care crossing the B4009, and proceed under the railway bridge. At the next road junction turn left (south) into The Street, St Andrew’s church is a few yards on the left. This is the end of the walk.