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Littlewick Green and Maidenhead Thicket

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Littlewick Green and Maidenhead Thicket
Author: Claire, Published: 08 Oct 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 UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Berkshire, Maidenhead
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Littlewick Green and Maidenhead Thicket
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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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.

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Walk Sections

Start to Cherry Garden Lane
Start to Cherry Garden Lane

Start point: 51.5127 lat, -0.7926 long
End point: 51.51 lat, -0.7755 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.

At the bottom of the green you will pass the pretty village well on the left. Just beyond this, turn right down School Lane (marked as a dead end), passing the Redroofs Theatre School on the left. Here you will see a blue plaque denoting the fact that this was the home of Ivor Novello from 1893 until his death in 1951. Novello was a composer, dramatist, actor and man of the theatre. As a songwriter his first hit was 'Keep the Home Fires Burning' and he went on to appear in many films (including Hitchcock’s The Lodger) as well as his own lavish West End musicals. The Ivor Novello Awards for song writing were established in 1955 in his memory. Today, Redroofs is a theatre school and former pupils include Kate Winslet and Dani Harmer (best known as Tracy Beaker).

Continue past the pretty red brick village school on the left and keep ahead on the stone track through a belt of trees (signed as a Restricted Byway for Knowle Hill). You will emerge past a metal vehicle gate to the corner of a tarmac access lane with wide open crop fields ahead. Turn left along the tarmac lane, enjoying the wonderful open views across to the right.

You will come to a crossroads with Westcott Way. Cross over and go ahead to continue on the track between fields. You will emerge to a T-junction with the next road, Cherry Garden Lane.

Cherry Garden Lane to Robin Hoods Arbour
Cherry Garden Lane to Robin Hoods Arbour

Start point: 51.51 lat, -0.7755 long
End point: 51.5228 lat, -0.7751 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).

Take extreme care at this road junction. Cross the main A4 road (there is a pedestrian island just to the right which is the safest place to cross) and take the signed footpath into the trees. Follow the main signed public footpath directly through Maidenhead Thicket. A little way along, the path merges with another path coming in from the left. The path leads you past a large horse chestnut tree within a clearing and a temporary wood store.

Stay on the main path as it swings right (with another path merging in from the left). Keep left at the fork and you will come to a crossroads with a pretty avenue of trees (marked with a waymark post). This marks the site of Robin Hoods Arbour. The arbour is the preserved banks and ditches of an Iron Age farmstead, thought to have been an enclosure for animals around 50AD. The origins of the current name for the site is unknown, although Maidenhead Thicket was once notorious for outlaws, highwaymen and robbers and Robin Hood became a generic term for such outlaws.

Robin Hoods Arbour to Stubbings Manor
Robin Hoods Arbour to Stubbings Manor

Start point: 51.5228 lat, -0.7751 long
End point: 51.5232 lat, -0.7906 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.

The Stubbings Estate is home to Stubbings House, built c1740 by barrister Humphry Ambler. The mansion was home to Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands during World War II. Today the house has been converted into offices and the grounds house a plant nursery and coffee shop. The formal gardens are used for weddings, charity events as well as public musicals, plays and operas.

The path merges with the Chiltern Way. Go ahead through the metal kissing gate and keep ahead along the grass track which swings steadily left and then strikes out between two large crop fields. Take time to enjoy the expansive views again here.

Keep ahead passing farm buildings on the left and pass out through the metal kissing gate to reach a T-junction with the village road in Burchett’s Green. Turn left along this road, still signed as the Chiltern Way. You will pass between a number of detached properties, including Little Stubbings on the left with its impressive white dovecote tower. Ignore the Chiltern Way signed off to the right, simply keep ahead on the village lane. You will pass Stubbings Manor on the left, with its particularly ornate garden wall.

Stubbings Manor to End
Stubbings Manor to End

Start point: 51.5232 lat, -0.7906 long
End point: 51.5131 lat, -0.7929 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.

Take the side road ahead, Jubilee Road. Follow this quiet lane back towards the village of Littlewick Green. You will come to the village green where the walk began.

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