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|The Packhorse and Chazey Heath|
|Author: Pub Walker, Published: 16 Aug 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 3 mile circular pub walk from the Packhorse near Mapledurham in South Oxfordshire. The Packhorse was once a farm within the Mapledurham House estate dating back to the 1600s, but now provides an ideal place to enjoy refreshments before or after a walk in the Chilterns. The walking route performs a simple loop around this southern section of the Chilterns AONB, including a short stretch of the Chiltern Way, with chance to enjoy small belts of woodland, open fields and village lanes. |
The walk has a few gentle gradients, there are no gates and just one stile (with a dog gate beneath which is large enough for most dogs). The route follows a mixture of lanes plus field and woodland footpaths, some of which can be quite muddy in winter and after rain. There are a couple of sections of road walking with no pavements so take particular care along these parts of the route. Allow 1.5 hours.
The walk starts and finishes at the Packhorse pub which can be found on the main A4074 Woodcote Road, just a couple of miles north of Reading. Head north out of Reading through Caversham on the A4074, continue past Mapledurham Golf Club and through Chazey Heath and you’ll find the Packhorse on the right. There is a large car park directly in front of the pub. Approximate post code RG4 7UG.
|Start to Crossroads|
Start point: 51.498 lat, -1.0052 long
Standing on the large grass verge with your back to the pub and facing the road, turn left along the grass verge with the road on your right. Take care as the grass verge narrows and you’ll reach a gravel section with a stile on the left (this is the way you’ll return later) and a bus stop. Cross to the right hand side of the road here and continue down the opposite grass verge passing in front of an old barn and a guest house.
|Crossroads to Newell's Lane|
Start point: 51.4942 lat, -1.0147 long
Cross over with care to go straight ahead on the road signed to Mapledurham and Trench Green. After just 100 yards, look out for a footpath crossing the road. Turn left here onto the signed footpath, a concrete access track. Follow the concrete track between fields and pass a pair of brick cottages on the right.
|Newell's Lane to Rokeby Drive|
Start point: 51.4876 lat, -1.0107 long
Turn sharp left along the grass track. Follow the narrow green track between tall hedgerows. If you glance through the trees to the right, you’ll see Caversham Heath golf course. The track descends through a sunken section between steep banks and then bends right then left passing the club house over to the right.
|Rokeby Drive to Bardolph's Wood|
Start point: 51.4928 lat, -1.0018 long
Follow the pavement along Rokeby Drive for some distance. You’ll pass the golf course crossing point (for Mapledurham Golf Course), then a playing field on the right and more properties each side. Rokeby Drive forms part of the Chiltern Way which is a 125 mile circular walking route through the Chiltern chalk hills, with an extra 50 miles of extension loops of which this is one. At the end of the road you’ll reach a T-junction.
|Bardolph's Wood to End|
Start point: 51.4981 lat, -0.9947 long
Keep ahead for a few yards and then swing left to join the main wide path through the woodland. Follow the path through a small clearing, taking a moment to admire the majestic tall beech trees, passing to the left of a large pit in the forest floor. Keep ahead and you’ll join a path with a fenced meadow to the right, and the golf course visible through a gap to the left. Follow the path alongside the right-hand fence bending right and then, at the T-junction, right again.
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Did this walk and it was great. Had an excellent lunch in the pub garden. The pub were great about us brining the dog either in the bar or the garden.
|By mark4066 on 13 Jul 2014|
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