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|Littlewick Green and Maidenhead Thicket|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 08 Oct 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 3.5 mile circular walk from the small village of Littlewick Green, near Maidenhead in Berkshire. The simple circular route explores the local arable fields, with expansive views, before entering Maidenhead Thicket and the Stubbings Estate. Walk in the footsteps of song writers, highwayman and Iron Age farmers as you explore this pretty corner of Berkshire. |
The route is almost entirely flat with just some gentle slopes. Many of the paths are firm and well-made, but the woodland paths can be very muddy in winter and after rain. The paths are all wide and there are no stiles or steps on route, just a couple of very generous kissing gates. All the fields are arable so you won’t need to walk through any livestock. You will need to cross the A4 a couple of times and there are a couple of sections of walking along country lanes, so take care of traffic at these points. Approximate time 1.5 hours.
Littlewick Green is located just off the main A4 Bath Road, two miles west of Maidenhead (close to the junction of the A4 and the A404). The walk starts and finishes on the large village green at the centre of the village. There is some roadside parking along the western edge of the green (near the village pub) and also a small car park just north of the green off Coronation Road. Please park with respect for the local residents. Approximate post code SL6 3RA.
|Start to Cherry Garden Lane|
Start point: 51.5127 lat, -0.7926 long
Stand on the edge of the village green with the village hall/cricket pavilion behind you, the village pub on the right and the green on the left. Walk ahead down Coronation Road, heading for the southern end of the village green.
|Cherry Garden Lane to Robin Hoods Arbour|
Start point: 51.51 lat, -0.7755 long
Turn left along this quiet lane. Follow the lane, passing between a number of pretty cottages. Beyond the houses, stay ahead on the lane passing a section of woodland (the beginning of Maidenhead Thicket) on the right. After passing Heathside Cottage on the left, ignore the road branching to the left, simply keep ahead on the main lane (using the grass verge for safety as you approach the main A4 road).
|Robin Hoods Arbour to Stubbings Manor|
Start point: 51.5228 lat, -0.7751 long
Turn left along the avenue of trees and you will reach Stubbings Lodge ahead. Keep ahead on the path which skirts to the right of the lodge. Cross over the access lane and go ahead through the kissing gate to enter Stubbings Estate. Keep straight ahead on the path (first stone and then grass) with a beautiful line of horse chestnut trees on the right and fenced fields each side.
|Stubbings Manor to End|
Start point: 51.5232 lat, -0.7906 long
Stay on the lane, out of the village, taking care of any occasional traffic. As you draw level with Old Oak Farm on the left, fork right onto the narrow footpath between hedgerows. You will emerge to the end of a residential lane, keep straight ahead along this. You will emerge out to a crossroads with the main A4 road. Again, take particular care at this junction, using the pedestrian safety island just to the left to cross over safely.
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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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