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Discovering Wilfred Owen

Reading Walks Festival 2024

A journey of discovery with our literary companion, Wilfred Owen, and learn how life in a village influenced many of his greatest poems.

Wilfred Owen witnessed first-hand the harsh reality and carnage of war - his poetry of witness is uncompromising work, steeped in pity and fury. Our 10 km circular walk starts out from Emmer Green. We follow historic paths and tracks to explore the small village of Dunsden Green and surrounding area where, in 1911 at the age of 18, Owen had come to live and work. It is thought that the powerful 'indignant compassion' for suffering humanity that permeates many of Owen's greatest poems can be traced to his time serving the poor local community here, as we will discover during our walk.

Our route is gently undulating with one steady climb (75 m total ascent). Established paths and tracks and some minor road but may be rough or muddy in part. No stiles.

Walkers should dress appropriately for a country walk having regard to the weather on the day and bring waterproofs in case of rain. Rural paths and tracks are uneven in parts and may be wet and muddy - outdoor/walking shoes or boots advised. A small backpack is recommended for personal items such as water, snack, spare clothing etc. We advise walkers to carry personal first aid and medication (if required).

Key facts

  • Part of Reading Walks Festival 2024
  • Exercise - a healthy walk with some stopping points of interest. More walking/less talking
  • Hard difficulty / 10 km / 4 hrs
  • Start and finish point: Clayfield Copse (car park), Caversham Park Road
  • Dress appropriately for a country walk
  • We plan a short refreshment break just before the end of the walk (8km) at the Loddon Brewery Tap Room (tea/coffee available) - pay locally.
  • Toilets available at refreshment break near end of walk.
  • Not family friendly
  • Not wheelchair accessible

About the walk leader

Your guide on this walk will be Philippa Saunders (Pipsticks Walks).

" I am an experienced, qualified outdoor leader who lives locally and is passionate about the Chilterns. I like to share my wealth of knowledge about local flora, fauna, landscape and heritage to give you a unique and rewarding walk experience."

Getting there

Bus - Berry 23 from Reading town centre (alight Fraser Av). Or Berry 24 (alight Kiln Rd).

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