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Frilsham Village and Woodlands

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Frilsham Village and Woodlands
Author: Claire, Published: 07 Aug 2011 Walk rating : Rating:star1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Berkshire, West Berkshire
Walk Type: Woodland
Frilsham Village and Woodlands
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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A 3.5 mile circular walk taking in the village of Frilsham in West Berkshire, along with some of the beautiful mixed ornamental woodland nearby. Frilsham lies within the valley of the Pang and is surrounded by woods and meadows. The area is linked with the late 7th century legend of Princess Frideswade and you will have chance to see the well which is said to have sustained her while she was hiding nearby.

The walk is relatively flat and has no stiles making easy walking, perfect for walking off a delicious lunch from The Pot Kiln pub. Some of the paths through the woodland are likely to be muddy after wet weather, but the majority of the walk follows stone tracks which provide a much firmer walking surface.

Parking is available in the car park of The Pot Kiln public house (or in the gravel parking area alongside it) which is situated just outside the village of Frilsham in West Berkshire. Leave the M4 at either junction 12 or 13. The nearest postcode is RG18 0XX. Be careful if using a sat nav as the area has a couple of deep fords so it is best to follow the brown signs to the pub from the nearby village of Yattendon. From Yattendon, follow the sign to Frilsham (near the village shop). Follow this road over the M4, ignore the first turning on the right to Frilsham village – instead continue straight on until you come to the Pot Kiln on your right.

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Pot Kiln to Frilsham Village
Pot Kiln to Frilsham Village

Start point: 51.4542 lat, -1.2061 long
End point: 51.4519 lat, -1.2166 long

Parking is available in the long car park at the side of the Pot Kiln public house. Walk out of the back of this car park and follow this track uphill passing several houses. Ignore the public footpath on the left and continue until you reach a pair of cottages that lie at right angles to the track. Immediately after this turn left into a path with holly trees either side. Go straight ahead with a house on your left and then follow the path bending to the right alongside the boundary to another garden on your right. After following this path for a short distance you will come to St Frideswade Well on your left. The late 7th century legend of St Frideswade says that the nearby St Fridewade church stands on the site of a ruined temple used as a pig sty. It was that pig sty which provided cover for the princess as she fled from the unwanted attentions of a Mercian prince. St Frideswade hid there for some time, sustained by this well, which is preserved in the wooded common.

Continue along the path, ignore the turning to the left and then bear right at the next fork. You will emerge onto a road – turn left and follow the road into Frilsham Village. Pass the entrance to Beechfield and then take the next road left signed for Hermitage and Bucklebury.

Into Hawkridge Wood
Into Hawkridge Wood

Start point: 51.4519 lat, -1.2166 long
End point: 51.4506 lat, -1.2071 long

Follow this road (signed for Hermitage and Bucklebury) and when it bends to the right you’ll see a path ahead into the woods. Take the centre path straight ahead deep into Hawkridge Wood. Pass through a gate and continue straight ahead on the bridleway until you come to the next waymark. Turn left at this point and follow the path to the road.

Through the ornamental woodland
Through the ornamental woodland

Start point: 51.4506 lat, -1.2071 long
End point: 51.4538 lat, -1.1945 long

Cross over the road and bear to the right up the stone track, pass through the open gateway signed restricted byway and recreational route. Continue along this track (probably with piles of logs on both sides) and into beautiful mixed ornamental woodland. Continue along this track for more than half a mile, ignoring the tracks that turn both left and right, until the track goes back down a slope and reaches a T-junction. Turn left signed with a blue arrow marking the public bridleway. Ignore the first metal gate on your right, at the end of the woodland footpath pass through the gate ahead into the field. Continue straight ahead with the field boundary on your left, then as the fence boundary turns left, continue a little ahead and then join the path diagonally to the left to the gate in the fence opposite.

Back to the Pot Kiln
Back to the Pot Kiln

Start point: 51.4538 lat, -1.1945 long
End point: 51.454 lat, -1.2055 long

Pass through the gate marked with a blue public bridleway arrow into another section of trees. Follow the path alongside a fenced field to your left and then turn left at the end of the fence to head down a track fenced on both sides. Ignore the first track on the right, instead continue to the T-juntion at the end.

Turn right and follow this path as it winds left, right and left again (past a private residence on your right) and then meets the road. Turn left down the road to reach the Pot Kiln and your car. The Pot Kiln serves excellent local game and welcomes dogs in the garden and bar area, but it does have restricted opening hours so check first if you want to eat here.

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