Churn & Compton Downs
A good area either side of the Ridgeway is Churn between the villages of Compton and Blewbury. The Downs here are crossed with many tracks and footpaths, and a circular walk can easily be made. It also includes the very overgrown old railway line from Newbury to Oxford with the old station known as Churn Holt. There are also many racehorse gallops. One could find Yellow Wagtail, Quail, Red Kite, Short-eared Owl, Corn Bunting, Stonechat & Linnet. The unimproved grass is also extremely rich in butterfly species.
Grid Reference: SU 5082 / 5182