Footpaths, Bridleways & Byways
Hermitage lies some four miles (six kilometers) NNE of Newbury and, like so much of West Berk-shire, is in the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The village lies in a shallow valley on the dip slope of the Berkshire Downs. The parish is mainly woodland with small fields around the perimeter. There are two pubs, one shop with a post office and one butcher.
The path network consists of 23 paths of various classifications and many links to other parish networks. The paths offer walks and rides over differing terrains such as ancient woodlands, old coppices, across fields and along ancient drove roads.
Paths with red names have obstacles such as stiles or steep hills which make them unsuitable for disabled people.
Those with black names have no obstacles but may have uneven and muddy surfaces.
Those with blue names have no obstacles and have reasonably sound surfaces.
Walks in our neighbouring villages can be found on the West Berkshire Countryside Society pages below