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|The Horse and Groom and Hare Hatch|
|Author: Pub Walker, Published: 17 Feb 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|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.
|Start to Castle End Road|
Start point: 51.4944 lat, -0.8444 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.
|Castle End Road to Rail Side Path|
Start point: 51.4881 lat, -0.8446 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.
|Rail Side Path to Milley Bridge|
Start point: 51.4819 lat, -0.8423 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.
|Milley Bridge to Scarlett's Home Farm|
Start point: 51.4875 lat, -0.8257 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.
|Scarlett's Home Farm to End|
Start point: 51.4952 lat, -0.832 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.
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The first 15-20 mins of this walk is reasonable, venturing through through horse paddocks and crop fields.
|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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