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Binfield and Billingbear

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Binfield and Billingbear
Author: Ecoworrier, Published: 06 Jun 2018 Walk Rating:star0 Binfield and Billingbear Berkshire Walking Guidestar0 Binfield and Billingbear Berkshire Walking Guidestar0 Binfield and Billingbear Berkshire Walking Guidestar0 Binfield and Billingbear Berkshire Walking Guidestar0 Binfield and Billingbear Berkshire Walking Guide
Berkshire, Binfield
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Binfield and Billingbear
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot Binfield and Billingbear Berkshire Walking Guide boot Binfield and Billingbear Berkshire Walking Guide
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This is a lovely 3 mile circular walk from Binfield in Berkshire that combines tree-lined bridleways with views across the Thames Valley (on a clear day). The walk starts and finishes in a quiet corner of Binfield and showcases some of the best bits of Binfield and Billingbear. This walk has sections which can be muddy after rain, and a section along a road that can be busy at certain times of day. You will need to negotiate several kissing gates, ramblers gates and you will cross one field that is likely to be holding horses. Dogs should be kept on leads on the Carters Hill to Billingbear and the Ramblers Route to Top Yard sections.

Note that this trail is a segment of a walk originally published by Robin Mosses, but can be combined with the iFootpath walk called “Binfield” to make a circular walk of just over 4 miles, which is similar to his original walk. Robin was a local historian and walker who died in 2014, who published "Walks and Rides around Binfield". The booklet was last updated in 1986 and was available for the princely sum of 75 pence.

The walk starts from a small gravel car park off of Stevenson Drive in north Binfield. Travelling north from the village centre on Terrace Road North, pass The Victoria Arms, and turn left at the roundabout onto Stevenson Drive. Follow this road round to the left and immediately after a mini roundabout the gravel car park is on the right (OS 841714). Approximate post code RG42 5TD.

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Walk Sections

Start to Monks Alley
Start to Monks Alley

Start point: 51.4356 lat, -0.7918 long
End point: 51.4338 lat, -0.7943 long

Take the gravel path that leaves the car park at the left-hand side of the far end, to pass between a ditch and a play area. Turn left to cross a small wooden bridge and continue ahead on the gravel path, passing a smaller play area to pass through a wooden gate onto Wick’s Green. The area on your left, before the gate, is Silver Jubilee Field, which contains an old spring and a set of specimen trees. Turn left and follow the road for a short distance, then take the first right (Monks Alley).

Monks Alley to Green Lane
Monks Alley to Green Lane

Start point: 51.4338 lat, -0.7943 long
End point: 51.4321 lat, -0.8049 long

Monks Alley passes some very nice properties before fields appear on the right and the tarmac becomes a muddy track. Monks Alley ends at a T-junction with Green Lane, at which you should turn right.

Green Lane to Carters Hill
Green Lane to Carters Hill

Start point: 51.4321 lat, -0.8049 long
End point: 51.4391 lat, -0.8016 long

Green Lane dips down to cross a stream before climbing up to meet a road, Carters Hill. Green Lane is a beautiful tree-lined by-way. If it is a clear day when you reach Carters Hill it is worth looking over the gate opposite for a view to the north-west across Billingbear Park and the Thames Valley, to the Chilterns.

Carters Hill to Billingbear Lane
Carters Hill to Billingbear Lane

Start point: 51.4391 lat, -0.8016 long
End point: 51.4417 lat, -0.795 long

Turn right along the road and be careful of oncoming traffic. After half a mile you will see Billingbear Lane on the left.

Billingbear Lane to Ramblers Route
Billingbear Lane to Ramblers Route

Start point: 51.4417 lat, -0.795 long
End point: 51.4455 lat, -0.7916 long

Turn left here and follow the road through the hamlet of Billingbear. Just before you reach the first house on the left (The White House), there are again good views to the north-west. There are some lovely old buildings in Billingbear including one with a plaque dated 1681 (although the building it is on is more recent). Just after you pass the last house on the right (Copse Cottage) and the road starts to go downhill, turn right onto a small footpath. (If you want to join the “Binfield” iFootpath walk, you would continue down the hill at this point.)

This path is marked as part of the Rambler’s Route. Our route follows a small portion of this 25-mile circular walk, which Robin Mosses helped establish, most of the way back to our starting point.

Ramblers Route to Top Yard
Ramblers Route to Top Yard

Start point: 51.4455 lat, -0.7916 long
End point: 51.4419 lat, -0.7916 long

The path leads through a small copse and then follows a hedge along the top of a field, with views to the East, before passing through a “rambler’s gate” into a field that often contains horses. Before you enter the field look back, this time to see views to the north-east. On a clear day, when there are not too many leaves on the trees you can see Cliveden House on the hill to the north-east of Maidenhead. Pass through the next field aiming for a gap in the hedge to the left of the big house (Orange Hill House). The hedge gap contains another “rambler’s gate”. Turn right along the drive, past Orange Hill House, to reach Carters Hill again. Turn right taking care on the road. Just after passing the entrance to Top Yard on the left and its paddock, take the footpath to the left.

Top Yard to End
Top Yard to End

Start point: 51.4419 lat, -0.7916 long
End point: 51.4356 lat, -0.7918 long

After an initial wiggle this path follows the field edge downhill towards Binfield. When you pass through another “rambler’s gate” at the bottom of the hill continue straight ahead to emerge on Wick’s Green. Turn left along this road and then almost immediately right through a kissing gate into the Wick’s Green recreation area. Follow the gravel path, around the left edge of the open area to return to the car park where we started.

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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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