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|Swinley Forest from Blanes Lane|
|Author: Claire, Published: 19 Nov 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 3.5 mile circular woodland walk through a pretty section of Swinley Forest in Berkshire. The walk starts from the timber yard and firewood department in the forest, before heading out on wide forest tracks through sections of pine, beech and oaks giving stunning scenery throughout the year. There is plenty of wildlife to see including squirrels, woodpeckers and deer and the area is very popular with dog walkers so a great place to go for a doggy play date! |
The walk follows mainly well-made stone or tarmac forest tracks plus a few short sections of grass tracks which can be quite muddy in winter and after wet weather. There are no gates or stiles and the route includes several steady climbs and descents throughout. There are no toilet or refreshment facilities within this section of the forest. Approximate time 70 to 90 minutes.
The walk starts from the Blanes Lane entrance to Swinley Forest. Blanes Lane is accessed from the A332 Swinley Road between Bracknell and Ascot. From the M3 Junction 3, take the A322 north towards Bracknell. At the large junction/roundabout, turn right signed as the A332 to Ascot. Blanes Lane will be on the left (after the Berkshire Golf Club) and is marked with a large sign for the Beaumont Timber Yard. Park in the area on the left hand side before the first metal vehicle barrier. Approximate post code SL5 8AZ.
|Start to Seven Way Junction|
Start point: 51.395 lat, -0.7056 long
Follow the tarmac access lane in towards the forest, passing the first metal vehicle barrier. Immediately before the timber yard ahead, turn right (past another vehicle barrier) signed to Swinley Forest Firewood Department. Continue between the Crown Estate facility buildings and keep ahead as the track begins to enter the forest.
|Seven Way Junction to Concrete Track|
Start point: 51.4023 lat, -0.7135 long
At the seven way junction, take the third turning to the right. Continue on this track passing a line of five pine trees in the centre of this path. As you reach the grassy junction ahead, turn left and follow the grass track steadily uphill. You will emerge to reach a T-junction with the main concrete track which circles the forest.
|Concrete Track to Gate Corner|
Start point: 51.4003 lat, -0.7182 long
Turn right to join this main concrete track. Follow the track through the forest and continue ahead ignoring the first track off to the left. You will now pass another section of beech trees on the left with their distinctive elegant long slender trunks.
|Gate Corner to Golf Course|
Start point: 51.3925 lat, -0.7297 long
Follow the concrete track to the left passing a single oak tree on the left, and just a few paces later turn left onto another concrete track heading back into the heart of the forest. You will come to a T-junction with a wider tarmac forest lane. Turn left and follow this tarmac lane heading steadily uphill.
|Golf Course to End|
Start point: 51.3911 lat, -0.7175 long
Keep straight ahead at the crossroads heading gradually downhill on the tarmac lane.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2012 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
This a great walk. The directions are excellent as well.
|By geechr on 20 Jan 2014|
A very pleasant walk.
|By spamron19 on 24 Apr 2015|
|By MikeLes on 28 Jul 2015|
Love this walk. Great for dog walking. Very pretty.
|By Perrier on 29 Dec 2016|
Gladys P: Another gem - Blanes Lane, Swinley Forest. Thanks iFootpath - the perfect route for off lead walking dog walking.
|By Facebook on 04 Feb 2017|
Super walk, thanks
|By avrilacres on 02 Apr 2017|
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