There used to be a railway that ran from Didcot to Newbury then onto Southampton. It went over the Berkshire downs and on to Newbury till the 1960's when Dr Beaching had it and many others closed down. Mush of it can still be traced which is what I did a number of years ago. Part of it went through a village called Hampstead Norreys where there was a station and a bridge it went under. I first stopped off there to see what remained in 2011. This post is a little longer than I normally make it.
This was where Hampstead Norreys station used to be
And this was where the railway went from the bridge on the right towards Hermitage
Last year West Berkshire council made the old line into a cycleway where people could ride or walk between the two villages
It is certainly a far cry from the saplings that used to bar the way
This is the view towards the bridge which is downhill. I suspect the cutting was partly filled
Above looking through the station to the road bridge, Hermitage is in that direction
Further after coming from Hampstead Norreys you go through another cutting the under a bridge
The last time I was here it was impassable with trees growing in the cutting
Now it is quite clear and easy to go along.
A little further brings you to the end near Hermitage