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|Bramshill Forest and Eversley|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 11 Jul 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|An 8 mile circular walk starting in Bramshill Forest and taking in the local woodland, paddocks, riverside paths and the pretty village of Eversley. The route gives a lovely mix of environments and you’ll see plenty of wildlife including butterflies, damselflies, birds, deer and horses (the latter not being wild of course!). There are several pubs within Eversley that you pass by if you want refreshments on the way round. |
The route is relatively flat with just a few gentle gradients. Some of the paths can be quite overgrown, muddy and narrow at certain times of the year so good waterproof boots and protective clothing for arms and legs (unless you’re immune to gorse and nettles!) are recommended. The walk passes through narrow paths within Bramshill Forest (where you may come across adders) and several paddocks containing horses so take particular care with dogs at these points. There are several kissing gates on route plus three stiles – all of these have wooden fence surrounds which were certainly open enough for our standard poodle to fit through. Approximate time 3 to 4 hours.
Bramshill Forest can be found a few miles east of the A33 about half way between Reading and Basingstoke. The walk starts from the small stone car park for Bramshill Forest which can be found on Bramshill Road, about half way between the junction with St Neot’s Road and the junction with Plough Lane. Approximate post code RG27 0RF.
|Start to Forest Pond|
Start point: 51.3458 lat, -0.9097 long
Leave through the back of the car park via the wood-sided gap in the embankment. After just a few paces merge left onto the path and follow it as it swings right. Keep ahead for just a few yards and then take the first path on the left.
|Forest Pond to Ford|
Start point: 51.353 lat, -0.9178 long
With the pond on your left, turn right onto the footpath through a staggered wooden barrier. Follow the narrow dirt path as it passes between gorse bushes and trees. Keep ahead over a wide track via a pair of wooden staggered barriers and at the next junction, keep right then left on the footpath signed with a yellow arrow.
|Ford to Eversley Village|
Start point: 51.3595 lat, -0.9074 long
Retrace your steps to the junction and turn left through a metal kissing gate (opposite the track you came from). This footpath is part of the Blackwater Valley Path – a 23 mile long distance path which follows the route of the River Blackwater from its source in Rowhill Nature Reserve through to Swallowfield where it merges with the River Whitewater before flowing into the River Loddon. The path is waymarked with a Coot symbol.
|Eversley Village to Woodland Stile|
Start point: 51.3549 lat, -0.8887 long
Turn left along the village road pavement. Continue over Eversley Bridge across the River Blackwater and immediately afterwards cross to the right hand side of the road with extreme care. Fork right down the side road signed to Finchampstead, passing the Tally Ho pub on the right.
|Woodland Stile to Eversley Cross|
Start point: 51.3576 lat, -0.8667 long
Turn right at the T-junction, following the public footpath through the woodland. Follow the path crossing an access track, a footbridge over a stream and then a disused conveyor for the quarry. The quarries along the Blackwater Valley are used for gravel extraction. The old gravel pits further east have all been restored as lakes for recreation and wildlife, and the same will eventually happen in this area.
|Eversley Cross to Lower Eversley Copse|
Start point: 51.3488 lat, -0.8594 long
Turn right along the main road passing The Chequers and then Chapel Mead cu-de-sac on the left. Shortly afterwards cross to the left hand side of the road using the designated crossing point. Further along you’ll pass a plant nursery – take the next turning on the left called Holly Bush Lane.
|Lower Eversley Copse to Heath Warren Wood|
Start point: 51.3457 lat, -0.8685 long
Turn right and then keep left of the gate ahead to follow the narrow footpath marked with a yellow arrow, running parallel with power lines on the left. Go ahead through a kissing gate. Keep close to the left hand boundary of the paddock for just a few yards and then turn left through a gap in the hedge (passing under the power lines).
|Heath Warren Wood to End|
Start point: 51.3396 lat, -0.8877 long
Pass through the gateway and then turn immediately left down the signed path known as Three Castles Path. Follow the main bridleway steadily uphill and then swinging gently right between lines of young birch trees. At the major fork, keep right and you will reach a T-junction with a major forest track (Welsh Drive).
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Fabulous walk! There's currently a few challenging sections due to recent heavy rainfall - the first section was particularly tricky as they are in the middle of clearing some of the forest and the mud was ankle deep...you just have to tread carefully or walk along the main road to the right to skip this bit.
|By jessicamaywa on 2014-03-16 20:25:04|
walked this today, throughly enjoyable walk, As Jessica said in the first post first section is a bit tricky at the moment but passable with care
|By alanking on 2014-04-12 17:43:17|
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