Explore the Charming Village of West Lockinge
National Cycle Route 544
West Lockinge is the perfect place for cycling enthusiasts looking for a beautiful and peaceful ride. National Cycle Route 544 passes through the village, giving you an unforgettable experience as you explore the surrounding countryside. Enjoy the fresh air and stunning scenery as you cycle your way through this charming village.
The area behind West Lockinge is home to Christopher’s Wood, a mixed conifer and deciduous woodland planted to honor Christopher Loyd, former manager of the Lockinge Estate. Explore the lush foliage and discover all kinds of wildlife as you wander through this picturesque woodland.
Goddard’s Brook is a chalk stream that emerges in the village, feeding into Ginge Brook. This beautiful river is perfect for canoeing, fishing, or simply walking alongside. Enjoy the serene atmosphere of West Lockinge, and take in the stunning sights of the river.
Discover Remains and Artefacts From the Iron Age to Present Day
A Rich Iron Age History
West Lockinge has a rich history dating back to the Iron Age where a fortification and Anglo-Saxon burial ground were discovered. In approximately 1863, remains and artefacts were recovered from the summit of the hill, offering insight into the Iron Age and the people who lived in this area.
An Open Field System of Farming
West Lockinge was an open field system of farming until it was enclosed in 1808. This system of farming is still visible in the area, with modern-day farming being practiced with the same principles as it was over two hundred years ago. Visitors can explore the area and discover the fascinating history of West Lockinge.
The Lockinge Stakes Horse Race
Since 1958, the Lockinge Stakes horse race has been held at Newbury Racecourse. This prestigious event is one of the oldest and most celebrated Horse Races, drawing visitors from around the country. Today, the farm is run by Henrietta Knight and formerly Terry Biddlecombe, trainers of the racing horse Best Mate.