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Jocks Lane and Blue Mountain

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Jocks Lane and Blue Mountain
Author: Ecoworrier, Published: 12 May 2018 Walk Rating:star1  Jocks Lane and Blue Mountain Berkshire Walking Guidestar1  Jocks Lane and Blue Mountain Berkshire Walking Guidestar1  Jocks Lane and Blue Mountain Berkshire Walking Guidestar1  Jocks Lane and Blue Mountain Berkshire Walking Guidestar0  Jocks Lane and Blue Mountain Berkshire Walking Guide
Berkshire, Bracknell
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Jocks Lane and Blue Mountain
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot  Jocks Lane and Blue Mountain Berkshire Walking Guide
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An easy and circular 3 mile walk between Bracknell and Binfield in Berkshire, visiting a park, a river, tree-lined paths and lanes and a couple of places of historical interest. This walk includes one section that can be muddy after rain, but is still suitable for families with buggies. This is also a good route for dog walkers. There are no stiles or livestock on route. Allow 1.5 hours.

This walk starts at the Jock Lane Recreation Area (RG12 2BH), on the northern side of Bracknell. Jocks Lane has a free car park, toilets, cafe, play areas, tennis courts, crazy golf etc. It is also the home of Jocks Lane Miniature Railway, which offers ride for children of all ages on bank holidays and the second Sunday of every month.

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Walk Sections

Start to Temple Way
Start to Temple Way

Start point: 51.4254 lat, -0.7662 long
End point: 51.4287 lat, -0.7705 long

Take the riverside path at the far side of the recreation area (past the "station" for the miniature railway). Ignore a footbridge across the River Cut on your right and follow the left bank of the river until it rises to meet a road (Temple Way). On this section of the walk watch out for wagtails (pied and grey), herons, and, if you are very lucky, kingfishers.

Temple Way to Forest Road
Temple Way to Forest Road

Start point: 51.4287 lat, -0.7705 long
End point: 51.4333 lat, -0.7761 long

Cross Temple Way carefully, to join another section of path opposite. (There is a traffic island to your right if you have children, dogs or bikes with you). Follow the path along the left bank of the river for a short while to a T-junction. Turn left, ignoring the footbridge to the right, and then shortly turn right at another T-junction, to follow this tree-lined path that runs between the grounds of Binfield Manor and the housing estate (that at the time of writing - May 2018 - is being built on what was the Blue Mountain golf course).

Forest Road to Wood Lane
Forest Road to Wood Lane

Start point: 51.4333 lat, -0.7761 long
End point: 51.4323 lat, -0.7821 long

Eventually you will reach Forest Road. Our route turns left here, to climb gently up a hedged path. However, it is worth looking up Forest Road to see (or even stop for refreshment at) the Stag and Hounds. Parts of this pub are amongst the oldest buildings in the village of Binfield, and at one time this was regarded as the centre of the royal forest stretching west from Windsor. The building used to be a royal hunting lodge, reputedly used by Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. It became a coaching inn in the 1700s and was described by 18th Century travel writer, William Cobbett, as "a very nice country inn".

Back on our route, follow the path, separated from Forest Road on your right by a lovely old hedgerow (if you are lucky you may see bullfinches, an increasingly rare sight) until you reach Wood Lane.

Wood Lane to Temple Way 2
Wood Lane to Temple Way 2

Start point: 51.4323 lat, -0.7821 long
End point: 51.4225 lat, -0.7785 long

The uphill path ends at an area that is in the process of being turned into a small car park at the junction of Wood Lane and Forest Road. Turn left onto Wood Lane, which is now a gravel track, but used to be a through road.

Eventually, you will pass a new school (King's Academy) on your left. At this point the path becomes a road. Follow this, passing the old Park Farmhouse on your left, and eventually Pope's Wood on your right. The Binfield poet Alexander Pope is said to have whiled away many an hour in this copse. Follow Wood Lane round to its junction with Temple Way.

Temple Way 2 to Jocks Lane
Temple Way 2 to Jocks Lane

Start point: 51.4225 lat, -0.7785 long
End point: 51.422 lat, -0.7771 long

Cross Temple Way carefully and then go through the gap in the hedge, just to the left, into Hitherhooks Hill. Follow this road round to the left until you see a tarmac path on your right with wooden fences either side (just after House Number 15). Follow this through to Jocks Lane.

Jocks Lane to End
Jocks Lane to End

Start point: 51.422 lat, -0.7771 long
End point: 51.4254 lat, -0.7661 long

Turn left to follow Jocks Lane gently downhill. This lane, running between housing estates, feels surprisingly rural because of the large old trees on either side of it. Eventually you will return to the recreation area where the walk began.

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2 comments for "Jocks Lane and Blue Mountain"

I should have read the comment above!! Had to do road walk! Does anyone know if this really is 3 miles. My phone saying not even 2.6?

ADMIN RESPONSE: Our walking route lengths are calculated using the iFootpath GPS Tracker which is carried by the walk author when they walk the route. It is calibrated to accurately match Ordnance Survey map distances - some alternative apps on your phone may be calibrated differently (particularly fitness apps which vary enormously). The iFootpath walking route lengths are rounded to the nearest mile for simplicity in our search fields, so anything of 2.6 miles or higher will be rounded to 3 miles, as in this case.

By sammscrim on 04 Jun 2018

Work has started on the car park at the point that this walk joins Wood Lane. It looks like a short section of path parallel to Forest Road and a short section of Wood Lane will be closed on days that they are working on the car park (until the end of August 2018). If the paths are closed when you do this walk, then follow Forest Road up hill to the junction with Terrace Road (roundabout). Turn left and follow Terrace Road South past Newbold College to the junction with Popeswood Road. Turn left along Popeswood Road passing the wood mentioned in the walk text. At the big roundabout cross Temple Way and then follow it a brief distance downhill to resume the walk opposite the end of Wood Lane. This diversion will add less than a mile to your walk and will give you several opportunities to get refreshments in Binfield.

By Ecoworrier on 28 May 2018

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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