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Finchampstead and Fleet Hill

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Finchampstead and Fleet Hill
Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 03 Dec 2011 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, Finchampstead
Walk Type: Footpaths and Byways
Finchampstead and Fleet Hill
Length: 4 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 3.5mile circular walk around the footpaths and byways near Finchampstead in Berkshire. The walk follows long straight paths lined with beautiful stretches of ancient trees and holly bushes.

The walk follows mud footpaths many of which will be very muddy after wet weather. The walk is relatively flat except a short but steep climb to the church towards the end. There are three stiles but all of these are low and open and will be easy for most people to pass over and for most dogs to pass under or alongside. There are a number of kissing gates many of which are quite narrow. Approximate time 1.5 hours.

The walk starts from the Queen’s Oak public house on Church Lane, Finchampstead in Berkshire. The Queen’s Oak has its own small car park which you can use if you are visiting the pub for lunch before or after your walk, otherwise there is some roadside parking available near the church. Approximate post code RG40 4LS.

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Walk Sections

Queen’s Oak to Staggered Fence
Queen’s Oak to Staggered Fence

Start point: 51.3689 lat, -0.8617 long
End point: 51.3674 lat, -0.8687 long

With your back to the Queen’s Oak, turn right at the junction up the slope towards the church and marked with a footpath sign. After just a few yards fork right onto the tarmac lane. Follow this path uphill past an old wall on the left and continue ahead as the track turns stony. Descend through the tunnel formed by trees, pass the entrance to Manor Beacon on the left and continue ahead to a kissing gate.

Pass through the gate, cross the small lane and pass through the kissing gate opposite. Go ahead along the footpath with tall hedges either side for some distance until you reach a waymarked junction in the path with a staggered fence barrier ahead.

Staggered Fence to Vann House
Staggered Fence to Vann House

Start point: 51.3674 lat, -0.8687 long
End point: 51.3582 lat, -0.8863 long

At this junction go straight ahead through the staggered fence barrier to continue along the footpath fenced between fields. Follow this path for some distance enjoying the variety of ancient trees and holly bushes along the way.

Eventually you will reach a low and open stile, cross this and pass over the tarmac lane and pass through the kissing gate opposite. Go straight ahead keeping the fence to your right and the small plantation field to the left. At the end of the plantation field pass through the kissing gate out onto the road. Turn right to follow the wide grass verge alongside the road. Continue until you come to a narrow lane on the left set between the two houses called Fleethill Cottage and Vann House.

Vann House to Woodland
Vann House to Woodland

Start point: 51.3582 lat, -0.8863 long
End point: 51.3576 lat, -0.8665 long

Turn left into this lane and continue ahead past a number of properties until you reach Fleethill Farm. As you enter the main yard of the farm, go straight ahead over a low and open stile and continue straight on with woodland on the left and horse paddocks on the right. Follow this path as it runs straight and long and then as it bends to the right around the end of the horse paddocks. Almost immediately bear to the left following the waymarked footpath fenced both sides. Go ahead until you reach a stile.

Woodland to Rectory Farm
Woodland to Rectory Farm

Start point: 51.3576 lat, -0.8665 long
End point: 51.3619 lat, -0.8658 long

Cross over the stile into the woodland, and turn left at the T-junction in the path. Follow this woodland path and continue as it turns into a stone track with properties either side. Keep your eyes peeled here for the next turn – a footpath on the left after a large holly bush.

Follow this footpath, with a tall fence running on the right, until it emerges onto the main road by a small petrol garage. Cross the road and turn left. Follow the pavement past the 50mph speed restriction sign and almost immediately after this you will reach the access lane to Rectory Farm on the right.

Rectory Farm to Queen’s Oak
Rectory Farm to Queen’s Oak

Start point: 51.3619 lat, -0.8658 long
End point: 51.368 lat, -0.8621 long

Turn right up the access lane and you will pass the gated entrance to Finchampstead House on the left. After another 50yards follow the footpath sign forking to the right through a kissing gate. Walk ahead with the fenced paddock on the right and after just a few yards turn right to follow the path between the fenced paddocks.

At the end of the paddocks pass through the swing gate, over the footbridge and then follow the path as it bends first to the left and then to the right. Go ahead with hedgerows and trees either side until you reach a T-junction. Turn left, follow the path uphill then pass through the gate into the church yard. Continue up hill and up the steps towards the church. Walk to the left of the church and follow the gravel path as it bends to the right and emerges back onto the tarmac lane. Turn right and follow the lane downhill back to the Queen’s Oak.

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5 responses to "Finchampstead and Fleet Hill"

It's worth taking a look at the Church I think it is one of the oldest in the area

Possibly Norman?

By on 2011-12-10 16:48:01

Very enjoyable mild woody walk.

By fazzer on 2013-11-27 15:28:00

My first walk from this website - highly enjoyable, clear instructions and now have the urge to try out many more in the area!

By scaramouche on 2014-04-18 17:05:40

As usual a fab ifootpath walk, the only bit we didnt enjoy was the beginning where we had to walk single file. If you're a geocacher there's a series that runs most of this walk 😀

By Pob75 on 2015-05-17 18:53:30

A very nice walk but had some very muddy parts when done during the winter months

By Hotspur21 on 2016-03-12 22:22:08

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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St James Church, Finchampstead

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