There are currently 10 comments and 3 photos online for this walk.
|Finchampstead Ridges and Blackwater Valley|
|Author: Richard, Published: 28 Sep 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 4 mile circular walk from Simons Wood near Crowthorne in Berkshire. The walk heads south through the heath of Finchampstead Ridges and then through the Moor Green Lakes Nature Reserve to reach the River Blackwater. After following the river the walk turns back north to pass through paddocks and woodland to reach the start. |
The walk has a number of steady climbs and descents and includes a number of kissing gates but no stiles. The woodland and field paths can be very muddy after wet weather and there is also some road walking along quiet country lanes. The walk passes through a few paddocks which may be holding horses so take care with dogs here. There are no toilets or refreshments on route. Approximate time 2 hours.
The walk starts from the free National Trust car park in Simons Wood accessed from the B3348 Wellingtonia Avenue in Crowthorne, Berkshire. Approximate post code RG45 6AE. The nearest train station is Crowthorne which is less than a mile from the start point.
|Start to Track|
Start point: 51.3655 lat, -0.8336 long
From the car park, walk back along the access track to reach the T-junction with Wellingtonia Avenue. Turn right and follow the narrow pavement alongside the road.
|Track to River Blackwater|
Start point: 51.3608 lat, -0.8373 long
Turn right along the stone track with the fences of paddocks on the raised banks to your left. Continue passing a partially thatched cottage on the left and a little distance later you will come to a T-junction with Moor Green House on your left. Turn right here along the quiet tarmac lane taking care of any traffic.
|River Blackwater to Activity Centre|
Start point: 51.3524 lat, -0.8445 long
Skirt right and then left to join the footpath running closest to the river, with the water running on your right. When the fence ends on the left hand side, keep left to continue on the path running alongside the river – do not take the bridge across to the opposite side.
|Activity Centre to Bluebell Wood|
Start point: 51.3524 lat, -0.8236 long
Horseshoe Lake is named after the horseshoe shaped island in its centre. The lake is 22 acres in size and is home to a range of water sport activities. In summer the lake is a hive of activity with everything from pedalos and rowing boats to rafts, kayaks, sailing dinghies and dragon boats.
|Bluebell Wood to End|
Start point: 51.3577 lat, -0.823 long
Follow the path through Bluebell Wood. As you meet a wooden gate ahead, keep right to follow the footpath with woodland to the right and paddocks to the left. The path swings left between fences and then enters the next woodland copse.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2012 by the author Richard and may not be reproduced without permission.
Fab here today. Boats are on the water. Clear blue skies.
|By Richard on 26 May 2013|
Thanks for this. My family and I walked it today and it was beautiful.
|By PaulB31 on 31 May 2013|
Lovely walk today with family and our 2 dogs. Plenty of benches along the way to stop and picnic and the dogs loved swimming in the river. Definitely do it again :-)
|By Izzypenn on 09 Jun 2013|
Lovely walk, will take picnic next time, dogs enjoyed dipping into the river.
|By doglets on 28 Aug 2013|
lovely walk. There were horses in the fields you have to to through but they were friendly so don't worry
|By hyperfied on 20 Jun 2015|
This is a fantastic walk with plenty of things to see and a mix of terrain. Many places to stop for a rest too. Thanks!
|By wolfsburg8v on 09 May 2016|
Perfect walk on a hot sunny day. Plenty of opportunity for dogs to cool off in the river and much of the walk in quiet shady woodland. Loved it!
|By jansmith on 23 Jul 2016|
Fantastic walk - really peaceful with some great scenery. Brilliant!
|By linnie43 on 16 Aug 2016|
Enjoyed this walk in February and will probably do it again in the Summer
|By Martynjh on 23 Mar 2017|
lovely walk. Only one steep decent just after the start and a gentle ascent around 3.5mile mark but otherwise a great easy walk. :)
|By ldcoley on 26 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.
Powered by World Weather Online.
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 26 May 2013
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 26 May 2013
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 26 May 2013
Without doubt the best app that I have ever downloaded! - NT
This App is brilliant. It enables you to track your walks and download them for future reference. The Library provides you with a variety of walks and are supported by clear instructions and photographs along the route. This makes them very easy to follow. I have used the App for about two years and have found it invaluable. Should you have any queries about any aspect of iFootpath the support you get is second to none.
Absolutely beautiful walk, and a wonderful app. Thank you so much :)
I want to congratulate you on your web site/app performance, quick, reliable and easy to use. I have similar walking apps with OS Maps and ViewRanger but yours is best.
This app has totally changed my life, i absolutely love it. I did this walk yesterday, what a beautiful walk it is, i thoroughly enjoyed it and would definitely do it again, in fact i met an older gentleman who was on his 100 and something time there!! My sister and daughter cant wait to come along. The noise mentioned about the motorway is negligible and for me did not detract from the overall walk at all, the view from the top was stunning!!
So far I have downloaded 5 walks and completed 3 of them, tomorrow will be No 4. I love your website The walk descriptions are the best I have used in the last six years of rambling since I retired. This is a website I would be more than happy to pay a subscription for, instead I'll donate a sum to my favourite charity. THANK YOU.
Have deleted Pokemon Go and downloaded @ifootpathuk which is much more 'me'
I love the illustrated descriptions of each walk section. Really helps to enjoy the walk and get to know something about what I'm seeing. So much better than apps that only provide GPS co-ordinates and no photos or description. Love it!
After trying out numerous other apps I came across this one: way ahead of any of the others in every way. Much more accurate and very easy to use with great features. Would highly recommend it as THE app to use for walking.
Just wonderful, with walks for everyone: the fit, the not-so-fit, short walks, long walks, through woods, up hills (and down).
I highly recommend it, as my mum and I use it to go for walks and finish by eating at a pub. Its detailed and sometimes humorous instructions lead us easily to our destination. Also, to top this, it has interesting facts about the area we're walking in
I don't review much but this app deserves it. Downloaded some really good walks and the combination of the good descriptions and the really useful map of the walk showing where you are make it a brilliant tool. Well done and keep up the good work.
Very enjoyable and well described route. Views over the river from the warren were stunning.
Fantastic walk and amazing views. Great directions though I followed the GPS map mainly
Great walk, instructions were very detailed, perfect!
This may be the best walk I've ever done. It was certainly the best directions.
Even on a cold windy day with it trying to snow this was still an excellent walk. We managed it with our 2 children of 5 yrs and one in a all terain pram (a defo no no with a normal pram). Will be doing this one again in the summer.
Used app while visiting (it was great!)--live in Texas. Thanks!
Your app and walks are a dream to use
Did this walk this morning with our three little girls and we all love it. Great day outdoor!