Lovely sunny day that still hardly feels like autumn, so we popped out for a bit of local greenlaning.
If you want to try the route yourself it is taken from Total Off-Road roadbook from October 2015, starting at step 17 (if you can’t find the grid reference for step 17, start at the Four Points pub turning towards Aldworth on the B4009 and the track will be on your right as you leave Aldworth village).
Steps 17 – 19 are a very pretty, wooded green lane, and 22 – 25 is more open Ridgeway-esque views. Steps 22 – 25 take you off-road just to the left of Aldworth Church. Not technically challenging, but again, lovely Ridgeway-esque views.
The route then crosses Bower Farm, so there are a few gates to open (and close, of course!), and a cacophony of noise from the turkeys being fattened up for Christmas.
Steps 32 – 34 are the really technical section. It is extremely narrow, very slow-going and I was tree branch-spotting for a good 40 mins. At one point the way was completely blocked by a hanging limb, which we had to physically move (guess who forgot the saw!) before we could pass. It was also very rutted, although as the weather has been so good recently it was more clay than mud. As ever, although slow and challenging this is the bit of the route that really made us feel we had achieved something and we headed home for Sunday lunch.
If you are further away from home than we were, then you have a choice of the very character-full Bell at Aldworth (RG8 9SE), which is great for a sandwich and a beer, or The Four Points Inn, which is more of a family pub, has a more extensive menu and a garden for children. If you feel you deserve a treat then a short diversion into Yattendon will take you to the lovely Royal Oak, which is a favourite of mine.
All in all, a very scenic couple of hours driving with a real technical challenge.