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Hazelwood Lane, Westleymill and the River Cut

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Hazelwood Lane, Westleymill and the River Cut
Author: Ecoworrier, Published: 06 Jun 2018 Walk Rating:star0 Hazelwood Lane, Westleymill and the River Cut - Berkshirestar0 Hazelwood Lane, Westleymill and the River Cut - Berkshirestar0 Hazelwood Lane, Westleymill and the River Cut - Berkshirestar0 Hazelwood Lane, Westleymill and the River Cut - Berkshirestar0 Hazelwood Lane, Westleymill and the River Cut - Berkshire
Berkshire, Binfield
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Hazelwood Lane, Westleymill and the River Cut
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Hazelwood Lane, Westleymill and the River Cut - Berkshire
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This flat 4.5 mile circular walk follows bridleways and country lanes into the countryside to the northeast of Binfield in Berkshire, criss-crossing the River Cut. The first half of the route can get muddy in winter, but it is usually passable. Although half of the walk is along lanes, most of these are normally quiet. There is one section (along Bottle Lane) that can be busy at certain times of day, so this walk is not ideal for small children or dogs. There are no stiles or other difficult obstacles and you will not be sharing any of the paths with livestock.

This is one of a series of walks originally described by local historian and walker Robin Mosses, and published in "Walks and Rides around Binfield". The booklet was last updated in 1986 and was available for the princely sum of 75 pence. Robin died in 2014, and this route passes, but does not take, a path named in his memory.

Our walk starts at the junction of Hazelwood Lane and Cabbage Hill Lane (OS grid reference 857715). There are a couple of places that you can park either at the junction of Hazelwood Lane and Cabbage Hill Lane, or just past this junction on Hazelwood Lane. Nearest post code RG42 4NA.

(Alternatively, you could park at the nearby Stag and Hounds or Binfield Garden Centre, as long as you are going to give them your custom. If you park at the Garden Centre, then please pay attention to the opening times as the gates will be locked outside these times). There is a bus-stop opposite the Stag and Hounds, which is served by the Bracknell to Binfield bus. Starting at the pub or garden centre will add 1 mile (1/2 mile each way) to your walk. However, this does give you the chance to admire the grounds of Binfield Manor and check for little egrets and kingfishers on the lake.

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Walk Sections

Start to Pendry's Lane
Start to Pendry's Lane

Start point: 51.4359 lat, -0.7687 long
End point: 51.4594 lat, -0.7622 long

Walk north-east along Hazelwood Lane passing the sewage treatment works on your left. At the end of the tarmac section you will pass through a gate to follow the track through Hazelwood Copse. This is a great place to see bluebells in the spring, and is amazingly tranquil, except for birdsong, considering how close we are to Heathrow, the M4 and several major towns. Robin Mosses writes about hearing nightingales and turtle doves in this copse (in the 1980s?). Now you will be extremely unlikely to hear the former, and you will no longer hear the latter.

After 3/4 mile you will cross Bottle Lane (which we will meet again later) to continue ahead on Hazelwood Lane. Keep on along this lane for another mile until it ends in a T-junction. During this mile, you should ignore turnings to the right (unless you are hungry or thirsty, in which case a quarter mile detour up the first of these, Buckle Lane, will take you to a pub and Moss End Garden Centre, which at the time of writing has a nice new cafe). This section of Hazelwood Lane takes you out into open farmland but has lovely old hedgerows on both sides of the track, so there is always plenty of nature to see and hear (and blackberries to pick in autumn).

Pendry's Lane to Bottle Lane
Pendry's Lane to Bottle Lane

Start point: 51.4594 lat, -0.7622 long
End point: 51.456 lat, -0.7758 long

Hazelwood Lane ends in a T-junction with Pendry’s Lane. Our route turns left here to cross the River Cut. Before you turn left, stop and listen. In the spring and summer you should be able to hear skylarks and lapwings which nest in the fields around you. Use the footbridge to cross Westleymill Ford. Westley Mill was just down-stream of this point, and used to be the centre of a thriving community including its own pub, the Blade Bone. Some of the history of this community is remembered in the names of the houses that you pass. Turn left when you reach the minor road and follow this for 3/4 mile until you come to a four-way junction.

Bottle Lane to Ryehurst Lane
Bottle Lane to Ryehurst Lane

Start point: 51.456 lat, -0.7758 long
End point: 51.4489 lat, -0.7669 long

Turn left along Bottle Lane. Follow this for 3/4 mile, being careful of any oncoming traffic. Most of the time there is plenty of room on the right-hand verge when you need to step off the road. You will cross the River Cut again at Cokeley Bridge and it is worth looking both ways here as it is a surprisingly attractive stretch of river.

Ryehurst Lane to Cabbage Hill Lane
Ryehurst Lane to Cabbage Hill Lane

Start point: 51.4489 lat, -0.7669 long
End point: 51.4391 lat, -0.7758 long

Turn right into Ryehurst Lane, another quiet, tree-lined country line. After 3/4 mile you will reach another bridge over the River Cut with Binfield Football Club on your right. This road bridge has been built to flood after periods of heavy rain, but there is a small footbridge on the left should the road bridge be flooded. Shortly after the bridge, look out for the path named after Robin Mosses. Ignore this and the road on your right shortly after (Stubbs Hill).

Cabbage Hill Lane to End
Cabbage Hill Lane to End

Start point: 51.4391 lat, -0.7758 long
End point: 51.4359 lat, -0.7687 long

Take the next left (Cabbage Hill Lane) that will eventually return you to the walk’s start point.

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