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|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 04 Jun 2011||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 1.6 mile walk on the footpaths and bridleways around the picturesque village of Holyport in Berkshire. Holyport is not as well known as its neighbour Bray which is home to Heston’s restaurant The Fat Duck, but it does have its own claim to fame in being home to one of the world’s few real tennis courts. The Royal County of Berkshire Real Tennis Club was where Prince Edward first met his wife to be, Sophie. The pub at the start, The Belgian Arms, is a great find with good ales, excellent food and a warm welcome to walkers and dogs. |
The walk is flat with no stiles but there are a couple of narrow bridges and the grass footpaths could be muddy in wet weather. Look out for horse-riders and cyclists also using the paths.
If you wish to enjoy lunch or a pint before or after the walk then parking is available at the Belgian Arms (which also welcomes dogs) in Holyport Street. Alternatively park considerately on the nearby roads. Approximate post code SL6 2JT.
|Across the Green|
Start point: 51.4922 lat, -0.7148 long
Turn left out of the Belgian Arms pub car park and past the village pond on your left. Cross the road and head across the village green towards The George public house. The most prominent house overlooking the green is Holyport Lodge, a striking Queen Anne building that is currently used as a nursing home.
|Down to Rawdon Hall|
Start point: 51.4917 lat, -0.7183 long
Follow this footpath which runs alongside a row of pretty terraced cottages known as Pamela Row, crossing the wooden footbridge over the narrow River Bourne. The large white building on the right is Rawdon Hall, which was home to a London dance school during the Second World War.
|Rawdon Hall to Moneyrow Green|
Start point: 51.4895 lat, -0.722 long
Just past Rawdon Hall turn left at the Byway sign into Bartletts Lane. Continue along the lane as it bends to the left and then narrows until you reach the road in Moneyrow Green.
Start point: 51.4876 lat, -0.7174 long
Cross the road and enter the footpath opposite, next to a house called Brambles. Follow the footpath along the field boundary which is likely to hold horses. The path ends in a footbridge at its junction with Primrose Lane. Turn left onto the narrow bridleway and follow this path to its end at the T-junction with Langworthy Lane, a quiet residential road.
|To Holyport Road|
Start point: 51.49 lat, -0.7146 long
On reaching Langworthy Lane turn right. You will pass John Gay’s House, former home of the poet John Gay. Continue along Langworthy Lane as it bends first left then right until you reach its end at the T-junction with Holyport Road.
|Back to the Belgian Arms|
Start point: 51.4931 lat, -0.7105 long
Cross Holyport Road with care and continue down the footpath opposite.
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perfect sunday afternoon walk for all the family - ages 10 to 70
|By frankly on 2012-08-12 11:53:51|
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