Castle Hike

Castle Hike

A 16km hike from the Eurocamp18 site to Donnington Castle and the Snelsmore Country Park.

Donnington Castle

castle ruins


The Castle Hike is a 16km hike that starts and finishes at the Eurocamp18 site and takes you to the English Heritage owned site Donnington Castle.

Donnington Castle is a ruined medieval castle, situated in the small village of Donnington, just north of the town of Newbury in the English county of Berkshire. It was founded by Sir Richard Abberbury the Elder in 1386 and was bought by Thomas Chaucer before the castle was taken under royal control during the Tudor period.

During the First English Civil War the castle was held by the royalist Sir John Boys and withstood an 18-month siege; after the garrison eventually surrendered, Parliament voted to demolish Donnington Castle in 1646. Only the gatehouse survives.

You can find out more details about the Castle by visiting the Donnington Castle Website.

Snelsmore Common Country Park

Birch tree in heathland in summer

The hike will also take you through the stunning Snelsmore Common Country Park where you have the opportunity to see a vast array of native British Wildlife.

For more information about the country park please visit the Snelsmore Common Website

Hike Route

The planned route of the Castle Hike is shown in the map below.




If you have any questions about the Eurocamp18 Hikes or about the event itself then please use our Questions page or contact the Activities Team direct and the organising team will do their best to help.

Please remember though that the team are all volunteers like you so it may take a few days to get an answer to your question(s).

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