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|Author: Claire, Published: 10 Sep 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A two mile circular woodland walk through Burnham Beeches in Buckinghamshire. Burnham Beeches is 540 acres of ancient woodland which has been managed by the City of London Corporation since it purchased the site in 1880. Many of the trees are several hundred years old and the woodland is rich with wildlife. |
The walk follows a mixture of tarmac paths and woodland paths, the latter of which are quite uneven can be very muddy after rain and in the winter months. There are a few climbs and descents throughout plus a couple of gates, but there are no stiles. One area of the woodland that you pass through is grazed by cattle so take care with dogs here. There is a cafe and toilets in the car park at the start of the walk. Approximate time one hour.
The walk starts from the Burnham Beeches cafe and car park on Lord Mayors Drive. From Junction 6 of the M4, take the A355 north through Slough towards Beaconsfield. Turn left onto Beeches Road and continue straight ahead at the crossroads into Lord Mayors Drive. The parking areas are on the left. Parking fees are £3 per day (correct Mar 2017). Approximate post code SL2 3PS.
|Start to Footbridge|
Start point: 51.556 lat, -0.624 long
The walk starts at the cafe on Lord Mayors Drive, alongside the car parks. With your back to the cafe, turn right along the road heading back to the vehicle entrance. Opposite the second to last parking area on the right, turn left onto the narrow path next to a litter bin. Follow this path passing a small grass clearing on the right and continue ahead into the woodland.
|Footbridge to Star Junction|
Start point: 51.5574 lat, -0.6216 long
Cross the footbridge and continue straight ahead on the wide forest path winding uphill. At the top of the slope you will reach a junction, turn left here onto the level path winding through the trees.
|Star Junction to Steep Slope|
Start point: 51.5585 lat, -0.6274 long
Take the second left path, a wide level path heading south west.
|Steep Slope to Lord Mayors Drive|
Start point: 51.5538 lat, -0.6382 long
Turn left onto this steep sloped path heading slightly back on yourself. At the top you will reach a junction with a fenceline ahead. Turn right and follow the path with the fence running immediately on your left.
|Lord Mayors Drive to End|
Start point: 51.552 lat, -0.6359 long
Turn left onto the tarmac lane – Lord Mayors Drive – and pass through the gate alongside the cattle grid. Note there are likely to be cattle grazing in this section of the woodland so take care with dogs.
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£3 all day car parking fee is only option
|By Paul on 18 Mar 2017|
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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