Finchampstead is fortunate to have over 26 miles of footpaths within the Parish. These are maintained by Wokingham Borough Council but the Parish Council employs a part time Footpath Warden to ensure that the paths are maintained to an even better standard.
The Countryside Code
When using public rights of way please follow the countryside code. Many paths run through farm land and it is important that users keep to the paths and do not allow dogs to run through growing crops or to interfere with livestock.
Respect other people
• Consider the local community and other people enjoying the outdoors
• Leave gates and property as you find them and follow paths unless wider access is available
Protect the natural environment
• Leave no trace of your visit and take your litter home
• Keep dogs under effective control
Enjoy the outdoors
• Plan ahead and be prepared
• Follow advice and local signs
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Information and maps
The Parish Council Street Map includes footpaths, and a separate footpath map is also available to download here. Alternatively please contact the Parish Office for a copy.
Ordnance Survey Explorer Maps 159 and 160 cover the local area and are available from most good bookshops.
Wokingham Borough Council is responsible for most rights of way. For further information visit www.wokingham.gov.uk and search for rights of way. The Council has an online interactive mapping system which can be used to find rights of way – please follow this link
Local walking routes and events
We have started producing a series of local circular walks, you can see and download details of them here:
- Starting from St James’ Church – 3.2miles / 5km – View Map & Directions
- Starting from Simon’s Wood – 4 miles / 6.5 km – View Map & Directions
- Starting from California Country Park – 2.5 Miles / 4 km – View Map & Directions
The Blackwater Valley path is perfect for an afternoon stroll or a longer walk. Following the River Blackwater the 10km path includes surfaced sections suitable for bicycles, wheelchairs and buggies. Circular routes are available. The annual ‘Walk the Path’ event, walking from Sandhurst to Swallowfield, is held each April. Visit www.bvct.org.uk for more information.
Wokingham and District Health Walks offer the opportunity to join a walk each day of the week in the Wokingham area. In Finchampstead, walks take place twice a week and range from a short stroll to a longer more challenging walk. Further information and the current programme can be found here
The Wokingham Way is a series of attractive walks which make up a complete circular tour around Wokingham Borough, from the River Thames north of Henley, to the River Blackwater. For further information please visit www.lvra.org.uk/wokway
The Ramblers is Britain’s walking charity, promoting walking and protecting rights of way. For more information including local groups and organised events follow this link.