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Winkfield and Maidens Green

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Winkfield and Maidens Green
Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 27 May 2012 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Winkfield and Maidens Green Walking Guidestar1 Winkfield and Maidens Green Walking Guidestar0 Winkfield and Maidens Green Walking Guidestar0 Winkfield and Maidens Green Walking Guidestar0 Winkfield and Maidens Green Walking Guide
Berkshire, Bracknell
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Winkfield and Maidens Green
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot Winkfield and Maidens Green Walking Guide boot Winkfield and Maidens Green Walking Guide
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A 3 mile circular walk around the footpaths and bridleways of the parish of Winkfield in Berkshire. The walk takes you round some of the old lanes and field paths with some beautiful old hedgerows and trees.

The walk is relatively flat. There are 3 stiles (the first two of which are surrounded by wire mesh so dogs will need a lift over) plus 16 chain gates (V shaped squeeze gaps that are opened by pulling apart the metal upright poles) and 6 gates. There is one short section of road walking. Several of the paths are narrow, a little muddy and can be overgrown with nettles so shorts are not advised! One of the fields will probably be holding sheep so take care with dogs. Approximate time 1 to 1.5 hours.

The walk starts from St Mary’s Church in Winkfield which can be found on the A330 Church Road, opposite the White Hart. There is a small parking area in front of the church which holds about ten cars. Approximate post code SL4 4SE.

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St Mary's Church to A330
St Mary's Church to A330

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With your back to the road, facing the church, turn left along the pavement for just a few paces and then right through the gate into the church yard, marked with a public footpath sign. Follow the grass path through the graveyard, passing to the left of the church.

Pass through the metal kissing gate at the back of the church yard to enter a field. Go straight ahead for a few paces and then veer slightly left, heading for a stile in the centre of the fence opposite. Pass over this stile into the next field – which is likely to be holding sheep – and then carry on in the same direction to reach the second stile. Cross this and then continue straight ahead with the tall fence running immediately to your right.

Pass through the metal kissing gate at the end of the path and go over a small wooden footbridge into a grass meadow. Cross diagonally to the far right hand corner and then keep right to go onto a very narrow mud footpath immediately to the right of a tall wooden fence. At the end of this path pass through a chain gate to reach the road.

Turn left and follow the quiet residential lane. Pass the Winning Post pub on the left and a little distance further you’ll come to the junction with the A330.

A330 to Stream
A330 to Stream

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Turn left onto the A330 heading towards Ascot. Follow the pavement passing a number of properties on the right. Immediately after the property called Albany House (with a curved brick gateway) turn right down a grass public footpath with tall fences each side.

Pass through a chain gate and continue ahead on the fenced footpath between fields. Pass over a low stile and through another chain gate in quick succession. On the right you’ll pass a mobile home site. As this ends you’ll come to a fork in the path – turn left here. Follow the path with fenced fields each side.

At the end of the first field cross a farm track via a pair of chain gates, and then continue ahead on the fenced grass path. Continue onto a section of boardwalk, pass through another chain gate and then follow the path right then left to reach a footbridge over the stream.

Stream to Stables
Stream to Stables

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Cross the bridge and immediately afterwards go through a pair of chain gates. Follow the path as it bends right and then left over a small footbridge and through another chain gate. On the left you’ll see evidence of a well established badger set.

Continue ahead for some distance and then follow the path as it bends right past an old oak tree. The path will eventually emerge through a wooden gate onto a quiet residential lane. Turn left onto the lane and then after just a few paces turn left again, immediately before the curved brick wall on the left.

Pass through the gap alongside the vehicle gates and continue ahead on the stone track. You will come to stables on the left.

Stables to Chevron Signs
Stables to Chevron Signs

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Continue straight ahead on the stone track. At the end, go through a wooden kissing gate alongside a white metal gate and follow this footpath with a fenced horse paddock to the left.

Follow the path ahead passing through four chain gates – in the field to the left you may get chance to meet the friendly albino donkey who lives with the sheep. Immediately after the fourth gate, follow the path as it bends sharp left. At the top of the field follow the path as it turns right across the top of the field.

At the end of the field pass through a wooden gate out onto the road. Cross over with care (it can be busy) and turn left to walk along the grass verge opposite. Follow the road edge for about 300 yards until you come to a pair of black and white chevron signs marking a right hand bend in the road.

Chevron Signs to End
Chevron Signs to End

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Turn left onto a public footpath which is between the two chevron signs. Go ahead through the chain gate and through a short belt of trees. Go over the wooden footbridge and then keep right on the grass path running alongside a field fenced to the left.

Pass through the chain gate and continue ahead through a beautiful arched section of hawthorn and oak. At the end of the path, pass through one final chain gate out onto Church Road. Turn left onto the pavement and after a little distance you’ll reach the church on the right.

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1 responses to "Winkfield and Maidens Green"

A featureless, morale sapping trudge down arrow straight, muddy, narrow paths. This walk was put together seemingly just to prove that the paths existed and you could use them; although why you'd want to escapes me. The road section is dangerous and asks you to cross to the footpath on a blind bend on a fast road. There is nothing to recommend this walk to anyone, don't waste your time or energy.

By rippydog on 2016-04-07 13:07:33

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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