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|Swinley Forest from Bagshot|
|Author: Claire, Published: 11 May 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 6 mile circular forest walk into Swinley Forest starting from Vicarage Road in Bagshot. The walk passes though a lovely mix of landscapes including pine forest, mixed woodland and open heath. There’s plenty of opportunity to enjoy wildlife with both deer and a huge variety of birds in plentiful supply. |
The route has a few climbs and descents and there are no stiles, just a few gates. The forest tracks and paths are reasonably well made but of course can get muddy after periods of wet weather. This section of the forest is a popular mountain bike area so you will be sharing the paths with bikes and some areas of the forest are grazed using Belted Galloway cattle so take care with dogs. There are no toilet or refreshment facilities on route. Approximate time 2 to 2.5 hours.
The walk starts from the end of Vicarage Road (off Church Lane and alongside St Anne’s Church) in Bagshot, just off the M3 in Surrey. Approximate post code GU19 5EJ. There are spaces for a few cars in the gravel lay-by at the end of Vicarage Road. If these are full, park along Vicarage Road or Church Lane with respect for the local residents.
|Start to Barrosa Grazing Area|
Start point: 51.3611 lat, -0.7018 long
From the end of Vicarage Lane, keep straight ahead on the gravel track, passing alongside a vehicle barrier and heading directly into the forest. After some distance follow the track as it crosses over a pipe stream. Pass by an open clearing on the right and a few yards later you’ll come to a fork with a gate and the overhead cables crossing the right-hand fork. Keep left at this fork onto the slightly smaller forest path.
|Barrosa Grazing Area to MOD Area|
Start point: 51.3612 lat, -0.7185 long
Pass through the gate and go straight ahead (note there are cattle grazing in this section at certain times of the year). Keep close to the fence line on the right for a few paces and then, as the fence veers right, keep ahead climbing steadily with the power lines still running parallel to the right.
|MOD Area to Lower Star Post|
Start point: 51.3589 lat, -0.7265 long
Turn right onto the wide forest track with the fenced grazing area now over to the right. Follow the main stone drive as it heads downhill and then swings steadily to the left. On the right you’ll notice some wooden horse jumps, which are used as part of the Staff College and Royal Military Academy Sandhurst Drag Hunt.
|Lower Star Post to Main Ride T-junction|
Start point: 51.3687 lat, -0.7442 long
Take the third path on the right, signed for Windsor Ride. A few paces in you’ll reach a major fork, keep right here. Follow this forest track for some distance ignoring any minor paths off to the left and right.
|Main Ride T-junction to End|
Start point: 51.3739 lat, -0.7264 long
Turn right here onto the main forest ride. At the next junction, with another Swinley Forest metal signpost, turn left signed for Lake Ride. Take the second turning on the right and follow this path over the brow of a small hill and then along a straight flat section. A few hundred yards ahead, keep a look out on the left for a disused gateway and metal railings that mark the entrance to a fenced ancient lane. Fork left to join this lane with lines of trees and barbed-wire fences running each side.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2013 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
Great walk. Really enjoyed it.
|By John on 11 Jan 2014|
lovely walk..dog and cyclist friendly..will make this a regular route!
|By cpeters87 on 21 Mar 2015|
Perfect to open your appetite on a spring morning.
|By dlkhain on 08 Apr 2016|
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