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|Finchampstead Ridges and Blackwater Valley|
|Author: Richard, Published: 28 Sep 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 4 mile circular walk from Simons Wood near Crowthorne in Berkshire. The walk heads south through the heath of Finchampstead Ridges and then through the Moor Green Lakes Nature Reserve to reach the River Blackwater. After following the river the walk turns back north to pass through paddocks and woodland to reach the start. |
The walk has a number of steady climbs and descents and includes a number of kissing gates but no stiles. The woodland and field paths can be very muddy after wet weather and there is also some road walking along quiet country lanes. The walk passes through a few paddocks which may be holding horses so take care with dogs here. There are no toilets or refreshments on route. Approximate time 2 hours.
The walk starts from the free National Trust car park in Simons Wood accessed from the B3348 Wellingtonia Avenue in Crowthorne, Berkshire. Approximate post code RG45 6AE. The nearest train station is Crowthorne which is less than a mile from the start point.
|Start to Track|
Start point: 51.3655 lat, -0.8336 long
From the car park, walk back along the access track to reach the T-junction with Wellingtonia Avenue. Turn right and follow the narrow pavement alongside the road.
|Track to River Blackwater|
Start point: 51.3608 lat, -0.8373 long
Turn right along the stone track with the fences of paddocks on the raised banks to your left. Continue passing a partially thatched cottage on the left and a little distance later you will come to a T-junction with Moor Green House on your left. Turn right here along the quiet tarmac lane taking care of any traffic.
|River Blackwater to Activity Centre|
Start point: 51.3524 lat, -0.8445 long
Skirt right and then left to join the footpath running closest to the river, with the water running on your right. When the fence ends on the left hand side, keep left to continue on the path running alongside the river – do not take the bridge across to the opposite side.
|Activity Centre to Bluebell Wood|
Start point: 51.3524 lat, -0.8236 long
Horseshoe Lake is named after the horseshoe shaped island in its centre. The lake is 22 acres in size and is home to a range of water sport activities. In summer the lake is a hive of activity with everything from pedalos and rowing boats to rafts, kayaks, sailing dinghies and dragon boats.
|Bluebell Wood to End|
Start point: 51.3577 lat, -0.823 long
Follow the path through Bluebell Wood. As you meet a wooden gate ahead, keep right to follow the footpath with woodland to the right and paddocks to the left. The path swings left between fences and then enters the next woodland copse.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2012 by the author Richard and may not be reproduced without permission.
Fab here today. Boats are on the water. Clear blue skies.
|By Richard on 26 May 2013|
Thanks for this. My family and I walked it today and it was beautiful.
|By PaulB31 on 31 May 2013|
Lovely walk today with family and our 2 dogs. Plenty of benches along the way to stop and picnic and the dogs loved swimming in the river. Definitely do it again :-)
|By Izzypenn on 09 Jun 2013|
Lovely walk, will take picnic next time, dogs enjoyed dipping into the river.
|By doglets on 28 Aug 2013|
lovely walk. There were horses in the fields you have to to through but they were friendly so don't worry
|By hyperfied on 20 Jun 2015|
This is a fantastic walk with plenty of things to see and a mix of terrain. Many places to stop for a rest too. Thanks!
|By wolfsburg8v on 09 May 2016|
Perfect walk on a hot sunny day. Plenty of opportunity for dogs to cool off in the river and much of the walk in quiet shady woodland. Loved it!
|By jansmith on 23 Jul 2016|
Fantastic walk - really peaceful with some great scenery. Brilliant!
|By linnie43 on 16 Aug 2016|
Enjoyed this walk in February and will probably do it again in the Summer
|By Martyn on 23 Mar 2017|
lovely walk. Only one steep decent just after the start and a gentle ascent around 3.5mile mark but otherwise a great easy walk. :)
|By ldcoley on 26 Mar 2017|
Enjoyable walk with wooded areas, fields and lake- and river-side. There are toilets and refreshments at the lakeside activity centre - probably seasonal though.
|By Victorious on 15 Jul 2017|
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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|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 26 May 2013
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 26 May 2013
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 26 May 2013
|Image by: Victorious |
Uploaded: 15 Jul 2017
Cottage on left of lane in step 2.
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