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The Wheelwrights Arms Dinton and Hurst Trail

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The Wheelwrights Arms Dinton and Hurst Trail
Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 29 Jun 2014 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, Wokingham
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
The Wheelwrights Arms Dinton and Hurst Trail
Length: 5 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 5 mile circular pub walk from the Wheelwrights Arms near Hurst, Berkshire. The Wheelwrights is a regular in the CAMRA good beer guide and holds the cask marque so there are always plenty of good ales to choose from. The walk explores the lakes within the adjacent Dinton Pastures before striking out across local footpaths and lanes.

The walk is relatively flat. The paths can get quite muddy and sometimes a little overgrown in places. You will need to negotiate five stiles along the way. There are a few sections of road walking on roads without pavements so take care of traffic at these points. Approximate time 2 to 2.5 hours.

The walk starts and finishes from the Wheelwrights Arms pub on Davis Way, St Nicholas Hurst in Berkshire. Approximate post code RG10 0TR.

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Walk Sections

Start to Black Swan Lake
Start to Black Swan Lake

Start point: 51.4386 lat, -0.8694 long
End point: 51.4417 lat, -0.876 long

Leave the pub car park via the vehicle entrance. Turn right and right again, then keep left to reach the T-junction with Davis Street. Cross over with care, turn right for a few paces and then turn left onto the access lane for Dinton Pastures Country Park.

As you reach the main car park, turn right through this. Go through the gateway ahead and turn left at the crossroads. The path swings right across a bridge to reach a fork. Keep right and follow the path past the children’s play area to reach Black Swan Lake ahead.

Black Swan Lake to Sandford Lane
Black Swan Lake to Sandford Lane

Start point: 51.4417 lat, -0.876 long
End point: 51.4475 lat, -0.87 long

Turn left and follow the wide stone path with the lake across to the right. Keep right at the first fork and further along on the left you will pass a wooden sculpture of a stag beetle. Stay on the wide stone path and at the next fork keep left signed for White Swan Lake.

Turn right at the first T-junction and stay on the wide stone path. At the second T-junction (within the trees) turn right and at the third T-junction turn right again signed for Black Swan Lake. At the fourth T-junction (with the lake ahead) turn left. Further along this stone path leads you over a footbridge ahead. Immediately afterwards, turn left across another footbridge and then turn right towards the activity centre. Just before the building turn left and pass through the car park and out via the vehicle entrance onto Sandford Lane.

Sandford Lane to St Nicholas Church
Sandford Lane to St Nicholas Church

Start point: 51.4475 lat, -0.87 long
End point: 51.4499 lat, -0.8575 long

Turn right along the grass verge for a few paces and, immediately before the property on the left, cross over to take the footpath over a small sleeper bridge. Follow the grass path through a dense tunnel of hedgerow. At the junction, stay on the main path which swings right, with a lake visible to the left. Eventually the fenced footpath will lead you out to a T-junction with the main road.

Turn right along the road edge, taking extreme care of the traffic as it can be fairly fast moving here. As you draw level with the SLOW sign painted in the road, cross over to take the signed public bridleway into the trees. You will emerge out to another road, turn left along this again taking care of traffic. The lane will lead you into Hurst, passing St Nicholas Church on the left.

St Nicholas Church to Lines Road
St Nicholas Church to Lines Road

Start point: 51.4499 lat, -0.8575 long
End point: 51.4423 lat, -0.853 long

For your own safety, cross over and walk through the edge of the church yard rather than along the road. Continue past the pretty pair of cottages on the left. Immediately after these, where the road swings left, cross over to take the signed public footpath. Cross the stile (or use the adjacent gate) and turn left along the edge of the crop field.

Cross the stile into the second field and continue along the left-hand boundary (ignoring the path signed right across the field). The next stile will lead you out to the main A321 road. Turn right along the pavement for a few yards and then cross over to take the gravel track opposite. Swing left along this access track and, beyond the houses, you will see a choice of two signed paths. Take the Byway, the right-hand fork.

Follow the track ahead, which can be very muddy in the middle section, and it will lead you to a T-junction with a tarmac lane. Turn right along this and it will lead you back to the A321. Turn left along the grass verge over a stream, then cross over to take the signed footpath opposite.

Follow the path across a sleeper bridge, keep right along the gravel access drive and, at the end of this, go through the staggered barrier to join the woodland path. A wooden footbridge leads to you a stile into an open grass meadow. Walk at about 11 o’clock, following the left-hand edge of the meadow. (NOTE: If this meadow has been planted with crops, you may need to walk through the crops instead). A (tall!) stile in the bottom left-hand corner leads you out to Lines Road.

Lines Road to End
Lines Road to End

Start point: 51.4423 lat, -0.853 long
End point: 51.4387 lat, -0.8695 long

Turn left and then immediately right into Dunt Avenue, taking care of any occasional traffic. Follow the lane to reach a T-junction. Turn right along Dunt Lane and then take the first left into Little Hill Road. Keep ahead and eventually this lane will lead you to the Wheelwrights Arms for some well-earned hospitality.

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1 responses to "The Wheelwrights Arms Dinton and Hurst Trail"

The meadow in the fourth section of the walk had been replaced by a field of sugar beet and the footpath was non existent. You now need to walk between rows of beet.

ADMIN RESPONSE: Many thanks for letting us know, we have updated the guide to let others know. We really appreciate your help in keeping the iFootpath guides up to date.

By suetrayhorn on 2016-09-23 08:32:01

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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