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The Horse and Groom and Hare Hatch

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The Horse and Groom and Hare Hatch
Author: Pub Walker, Published: 17 Feb 2014 Walk rating : Rating:star1 The Horse and Groom and Hare Hatch Pub Walkstar1 The Horse and Groom and Hare Hatch Pub Walkstar1 The Horse and Groom and Hare Hatch Pub Walkstar1 The Horse and Groom and Hare Hatch Pub Walkstar0 The Horse and Groom and Hare Hatch Pub Walk
Berkshire, Twyford
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
The Horse and Groom and Hare Hatch
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot The Horse and Groom and Hare Hatch Pub Walk boot The Horse and Groom and Hare Hatch Pub Walk
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A 3.5 mile circular pub walk from the Horse and Groom in Hare Hatch, Berkshire. The Horse and Groom is a 300 year old coaching inn with beautiful beams and flagstones. The walk gives you chance to explore the surrounding countryside, a mixture of large arable fields and horse paddocks with a few small sections of woodland and lovely views.

The walk is almost entirely flat and follows a mixture of field edge paths and grass tracks some of which can be a little overgrown, narrow and/or muddy at different times of the year. There are a couple of short sections of road walking so take care of traffic at these points. You will need to negotiate 6 stiles, the last 3 of which have wire fenced surrounds so dogs may need a lift over. Two of the fields are likely to be holding horses so take care with children and dogs. Approximate time 1.5 hours.

Hare Hatch is located between Twyford and Maidenhead in Berkshire . The walk starts and finishes from the Horse and Groom pub which is situated on the A4 Bath Road, at its junction with Milley Lane. Approximate post code RG10 9SB.

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Walk Sections

Start to Castle End Road
Start to Castle End Road

Start point: 51.4944 lat, -0.8444 long
End point: 51.4881 lat, -0.8446 long

Standing with your back to the pub facing the main A4 road, turn right through the car park. By the vehicle entrance swing right down the rough path that takes you into Milley Lane. Pass a couple of properties on the right (Mulberry Cottage and Caserta) and then turn immediately right down the track signed as a public footpath. Pass under the left-hand of the two height restriction barriers and follow the tarmac lane ahead.

Where the main lane swings hard right, fork left to keep ahead on the stone and grass track. Continue ahead down a narrow fenced footpath, with horse paddocks now each side, and continue as the fenced path passes through a small belt of woodland. You’ll emerge out into a crop field. Go straight ahead on the footpath crossing the centre of the field, heading for a telegraph pole at the far side. Cross the stile to reach a T-junction with Castle End Road.

Castle End Road to Rail Side Path
Castle End Road to Rail Side Path

Start point: 51.4881 lat, -0.8446 long
End point: 51.4819 lat, -0.8423 long

Cross over and turn left along the grass verge taking care of any oncoming traffic. Pass a row of houses on the left to reach the left-hand bend in the road. Fork right here into the entrance of Castle End Business Park, signed as a public bridleway. Immediately before the main gates, fork right again through the gap in the fence, to join a narrow stone path following a fence on the left. At the staggered T-junction, bear right to join the wide grass and stone track. Follow this track for some distance enjoying the expansive views across the crop fields each side.

Hare Hatch was originally one of the old gates into Windsor Forest, presumably where hares were often seen. The hamlet emerged on the edge of the forest and, whilst farming has always been the main industry here, the building of the main Bath Road through the hamlet gave it a boost as a stopping off place for travellers to and from London.

Eventually you’ll pass by a vehicle gate to reach the T-junction with the road. Turn left under the railway bridge, taking extreme care of any traffic. Immediately afterwards, fork left again down a grass footpath with a tall metal fence on the left.

Rail Side Path to Milley Bridge
Rail Side Path to Milley Bridge

Start point: 51.4819 lat, -0.8423 long
End point: 51.4875 lat, -0.8257 long

Keep ahead on this rail side path with a large open crop field stretching out to the right and the rail line running along the fenced embankment to the left. This train line is part of the main Reading to Paddington service, a popular route with commuters from Berkshire into London.

At the end of this very long path you’ll come to a stile, cross this into a small playing field. Follow the right-hand edge to reach the wooden gates which take you out to a T-junction with Milley Lane. Turn left onto the road and follow this (taking care of traffic) to cross the railway via Milley Bridge.

Milley Bridge to Scarlett's Home Farm
Milley Bridge to Scarlett's Home Farm

Start point: 51.4875 lat, -0.8257 long
End point: 51.4952 lat, -0.832 long

Keep ahead along the edge of the lane and continue to reach the second oak tree on the right, just before the right hand bend on the road. Immediately before this tree, turn right through the gap in the hedge where you’ll see a signed footpath heading diagonally left across the crop field. Follow this path, heading for the far corner of the copse on the left.

As you reach the copse corner (Scarlett’s Wood) keep straight ahead on the path running along the field edge with the field to your right and Scarlett’s Wood to the left. The path is ill-defined here but stay close to the tall trees in the woodland to the left, passing a collection of newly planted trees on the right. Soon on the left you’ll come to a footbridge into the woodland. Cross this, go over the stile and join a section of grass fenced path.

Cross the next stile which leads you to the corner of an open paddock (you may come across horses here). Cross this field diagonally left to reach the opposite corner, where the wooden fence meets the woodland to the left. Cross the stile into the next horse paddock. Stay close to the tree line as it swings left. As you reach the next fenceline ahead, turn right following the fence on the left for just a few yards to reach the stile in the field corner. Cross this onto the tarmac entrance lane where you’ll see the entrance gates to Scarlett’s Home Farm on the right.

Scarlett's Home Farm to End
Scarlett's Home Farm to End

Start point: 51.4952 lat, -0.832 long
End point: 51.4945 lat, -0.8444 long

Turn left along the access lane, keep left at the fork and you’ll reach a T-junction with Scarlett’s Lane, with Scarlett’s Lodge directly opposite. Turn left along Scarlett’s Lane using the grass verges where you can and taking care to avoid any traffic. You’ll pass the impressive White Lodge on the right and eventually you’ll come to a crossroads with Milley Lane.

Turn right along Milley Lane signed to Reading and Maidenhead. Follow this road passing Waltham Court on the left, a converted barn complex now home to a range of small businesses. At the end of the lane you’ll come to the T-junction with the main A4. Swing left around the grass verge where you’ll find the Horse and Groom for some well earned refreshments.

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1 comments for "The Horse and Groom and Hare Hatch"

The first 15-20 mins of this walk is reasonable, venturing through through horse paddocks and crop fields.

Beyond that however, it's just a long straight line down the side of a fast (and noisy) train line, followed by walking back up 40/60 mile hour roads which aren't especially pleasant.

By wiseman01 on 03 Nov 2016

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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