The Alpaca Trail
Shortly after Theale, the first significant climb begins.On your right is a long brick and flint wall. This is the boundary to the grounds of Englefield House.
Englefield House is an Elizabethan country house, built before 1588 with a surrounding estate, owned by the Benyon family since the 17th century. The gardens are open to the public throughout the year and the house by groups. You can glimpse the house and the estate's lake from time to time.
|Englefield House's Lake|
You continue and cross the Thames using Whitchurch Bridge, which is a toll road but free to cyclists.This bridge was rebuilt between 2013 and 2014 in a way that keeps its historic feel, At the time of the 2017 routecheck an exhibition of artistic knitting was taking place on the bridge.
A small climb and you take a right into Hardwick Lane. This brings you to the Bozedown Alpaca farm, with paddocks on both sides of the road for over 700 alpacas. A ubiquitous red kit or two may be hanging over the alpacas.
|A not very good photo of a red kite|
|(c) Bozedown Alpacas|