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Cold Ash Village and Copses

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Cold Ash Village and Copses
Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 07 Mar 2012 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Cold Ash Village and Copses Walking Guidestar1 Cold Ash Village and Copses Walking Guidestar1 Cold Ash Village and Copses Walking Guidestar1 Cold Ash Village and Copses Walking Guidestar0 Cold Ash Village and Copses Walking Guide
Berkshire, West Berkshire
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Cold Ash Village and Copses
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot Cold Ash Village and Copses Walking Guide
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A 3 mile walk from the West Berkshire village of Cold Ash taking in the quiet village streets, local farmland and the many woodland copses that surround the village. The village lanes give you chance to see the variety of local properties and the long stretches of holly trees. The woodlands are beautiful all year round and early on in the walk you will be rewarded with stunning views over the hills and woodlands to the north east.

There are only a few gentle ascents/descents and the tracks are mostly well made but the field and woodland paths can be muddy after wet weather. There are no stiles or kissing gates – just a few easy to use single gates making the walk easy access. You will pass through a field holding cattle (sometimes with a bull) or horses at one point so take care with dogs. Approximate time 1.5 hours.

The walk starts at the village hall (Acland Hall) in Cold Ash. The hall has a free car park which serves all the site facilities – the recreation ground, Parish Hall and Pre-School. It is situated on Hermitage Road opposite Woodside (a residential street). Approximate post code RG18 9JH.

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Walk Sections

Acland Hall to Gladstone Lane
Acland Hall to Gladstone Lane

Start point: 51.4298 lat, -1.2681 long
End point: 51.4243 lat, -1.2644 long

Turn right out of the hall’s car park and follow the pavement along Hermitage Road with the recreation ground on your right. Continue for some distance passing St Mark’s primary school on the left and the Church of St Mark on the right hand side. The church has a distinctive octagonal entrance and was built in 1864.

Just after a double bend in the road cross over the road and on the left you will come to two pubs alongside each other, The Castle Inn and The Spotted Dog, on the corner of Gladstone Lane.

Gladstone Lane to Cemetery
Gladstone Lane to Cemetery

Start point: 51.4243 lat, -1.2644 long
End point: 51.4233 lat, -1.2579 long

Turn into Gladstone Lane and follow the lane between properties and then past paddocks on the left. At the end of the lane you’ll reach a T-junction with a road. Cross over and go straight ahead into a wide bridleway.

Follow the bridleway downhill then back up with long sections of holly trees each side. You will pass a pretty thatched cottage on the left with a well in the garden. You will then come to a T-junction with a stone track. Directly opposite is a gate to a private cemetery where nuns from the former local convent were buried.

Cemetery to Farm
Cemetery to Farm

Start point: 51.4233 lat, -1.2579 long
End point: 51.4266 lat, -1.2511 long

Turn left along the track and after a few paces you will reach a T-junction with the road. Turn right along the road and you will pass the Cold Ash Centre, previously St Gabriels’ Convent, on the right. Soon afterwards the pavement ends so take care of oncoming traffic for the next section. After another 100 yards you will see a public bridleway to the left immediately before a property called Holly Slade.

Cross over to turn left down this bridleway and pass through a metal gate alongside a cattle grid. Take a moment to enjoy the beautiful views across the fields and woodland then follow the concrete track winding downhill between fenced fields.

Immediately after a second cattle grid and just before the brick bungalow, fork to the left and follow the track past the bungalow on the right (please respect the owner's privacy) and downhill between farm outbuildings.

Farm to Westrop Wood
Farm to Westrop Wood

Start point: 51.4266 lat, -1.2511 long
End point: 51.4358 lat, -1.2565 long

Continue ahead to reach a metal gate into a field which may be holding cattle (sometimes with a bull) or horses. Pass through the gate and head slightly to the right over the field. As you pass by the mound at the centre of the field you will see the metal gate that you are heading for on the far side of the field.

Pass through the gate into a strip of woodland and after a few paces you will meet a T-junction with an obvious path. Turn left here, and follow the path winding through the trees and passing over a number of streams and ditches. Ignore any smaller footpaths signed off the main path.

After quite some distance the path passes between two properties. Immediately afterwards follow the main track as it bends to the left signed Byway, ignoring the footpath to the left. Continue along the main stone track winding through the woods until you reach a major T-junction with another track (marked with a waymarker and ‘Unsuitable for Motors’ sign).

Westrop Wood to End
Westrop Wood to End

Start point: 51.4358 lat, -1.2565 long
End point: 51.4308 lat, -1.2685 long

Turn left here and follow the lane heading uphill with Westrop Wood to the left. You will soon come to a row of cottages on your right. Take note of the garden inspired names of these cottages including Pear Tree Cottage, Rose Tree Cottage and Cherry Cottage, the latter of which is an old thatched property.

Further up the hill you will pass Eddystone House on the left, a white-washed house with a slate roof. Pass by Drove Lane on the right and then continue along the quiet residential lane enjoying the eccentric mix of property styles and names.

At the end of the lane (which is called Bucklebury Alley) you will reach a cross roads with Hermitage Road. Turn left and you will reach the car park where you started the walk on your right.

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1 responses to "Cold Ash Village and Copses"

A really nice afternoon walk! Note the path through the farm where the cows are reared will soon be closed permanently, we were informed of this today be the owner. Will probably close at the end of the year.... Possibly sooner.

By Matt88 on 2015-09-29 19:13:41

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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