We’re very lucky to have so many places locally to walk Poppy. While they may not be sandy beaches or coastal paths, the countryside of Oxfordshire and Berkshire is still pretty impressive. A few weeks ago, we headed to Snelsmore Common Country Park to walk Poppy one Saturday afternoon.
There are endless walks you could go on within the park, with lots to see around the area. Be aware, it’s also used for cycling and horse riding, so you need to keep your wits about you. If you’re taking the dog, then you need to keep them on their lead, as there might be cattle grazing and you don’t want to set them off. It’s also great for picnics and there are picnic tables around the park
Poppy loved it there as there’s plenty for her to snuffle about in. We walked all over and didn’t keep to one specific walk. The walk is a bit rough and ready at times, so you need to be sure footed to get around. Walking boots are a must though, especially with the Great British weather keeping the ground nice and moist at the moment!
The site is managed by BBOWT and they work to help wildlife now and for the future. So it’s important to follow the advice given on the map as you go on and on their website. The Common will change so much throughout the seasons, so I’d quite like to make it a habit of going there a few times throughout the year so we can see how it’s different.
The Walk: There are a few different paths leading out from the car park and you can go on a number of different walks, criss crossing the common so there’s plenty to go back for again and again.
Cost: Completely free! Though, it wouldn’t hurt to make a donation to BBOWT, as they do such a great job for wildlife and for users of the places they manage 😉
Car Park: Completely free!
Refreshments: While there’s no where to buy refreshments at Snelsmore, there are plenty of picnic facilities. We swooped to Saddleback Farm Shop for a cheeky slice of cake instead, though next time, we’ll probably pack fill the Thermos and bring some cake with us.
Toilets: There are some just inside the car park, including a disabled loo.