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.
3.6mls / 5.8km
1.5 - 2.5 hrs
6.3mls / 10.2km
2 - 3 hrs
4.4mls / 7km
1.5 - 2.5 hrs
4mls / 6.4km
1.25 - 2.0 hrs
11.3mls / 18.2km
3.5 - 5.5 hrs
Hover over the walk number to see the route. Click on it for a detailed route description, Ordnance Survey map and GPS route file that you can download to your smartphone/GPS navigation device or overlay on Google Maps aerial imagery. See the Resources below for more information.
Have your own Treasure Hunt.
If you’re walking with children, or just want to have some fun why not have your own treasure hunt by searching out one, or more, of the many geocaches hidden around Inkpen? Learn more about ‘geocaches’ and get your clues here.
Walk Map & Description: a detailed route description and map is provided on the dedicated page for each walk. These may be downloaded and/or printed.
Walk Leaflet: a dedicated leaflet in PDF format is available for some of the walks and may be downloaded and/or printed from the dedicated page for each walk.
Ordnance Survey Maps: all of these walks are covered by Landranger Sheet 174 (1:50 000 scale) and Explorer Sheet 158 (1:25 000 scale).
GPS Navigation Files: GPS route files (in GPX format) are available for each of these walks and may be downloaded from the dedicated page for each walk. GPX route files enable the routes to be overlaid onto a map on a smartphone or other GPS navigation device.
GPS Navigation Apps and Devices: A variety of GPS navigation apps are freely available from the major ‘App Stores’ (Apple iTunes, Google Play).
Ordnance Survey MapFinder is a free application for smartphones and tablets running Apple iOS (iPhones, iPad, iPod Touch) and Android. However, you will need to purchase the relevant map data from Ordnance Survey from within the application once it has been downloaded. At the time of writing, the cost for the map of the Inkpen area costs £0.69 for 1:50 000 scale and £1.99 for 1:25 000 scale (Sheet SU36). The latter scale is more useful when walking.
Download OS MapFinder
The GPX file format can be understood by most mapping and navigation applications and devices. You are welcome to download the GPX route files for other applications and devices such as Garmin and Magellan hand-held GPS devices etc.
Google Maps/Google Earth: GPS route files (in KML format) are available for each of these walks and may be downloaded from the dedicated page for each walk. KML route files enable the routes to be overlaid on to maps and ‘satellite views’ in Google Maps/My Maps and Google Earth.
Wi-Fi Access: wi-fi is available at The Crown & Garter and The Swan.
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 01488 669177
Gloria Keene, Chairman 01488 668960 Steve Connors, Vice-Chairman 01488 668642