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|Author: DebbieK, Published: 13 Mar 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|This is a short woodland walk following some of the more established paths around the lake and through the woods. There are however other sections not covered by this walk where you can ramble into the substantial woods. The area is loved by dog walkers and families alike as it has some great areas for hide and seek. |
This walk is not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs and in the wet weather can get very boggy.
Simons wood is located on the edge of Finchampstead in Berkshire less than a mile up Wellingtonia Avenue from Crowthorne train station.
|Start to Turn right main path|
Start point: 51.3654 lat, -0.8335 long
In the car park, stand next to the big tree in the middle facing the map board and main entrance into the wood. Look to your right to see a smaller entrance into the side of the wood, take this entrance.
|Turn right main path to Left at lake|
Start point: 51.3673 lat, -0.8348 long
Continue along this path until the path opens up and you have the lake on your left. Continue a few paces and then turn left, keeping the lake on your left hand side.
|Left at lake to Right into woods|
Start point: 51.3704 lat, -0.834 long
Continue along this path. When you get to a fork in the pathway, take the right hand fork, following the public bridleway sign. As the path slopes upwards, you come to a slight clearing with an old tree just in front of you on the left. There is also a tree stump with an arrow pointing back down the slope (the way you have you come from). Take the small path to your right.
|Right into woods to Left fork at lake|
Start point: 51.3701 lat, -0.8394 long
Follow this path through the wood. Walk towards the houses and then keep the garden fences on your left. Continue forward through the heather and heathland, crossing over the two small boardwalks as two streams merge into one. Turn immediately right, keeping the stream on your left. You will then come back out onto the main path with the lake in front of you. This time, take the left hand fork up the slope.
|Left fork at lake to Left at path T junction|
Start point: 51.3702 lat, -0.8359 long
Follow this path until you come to a clearing with two silver birch trees right in front of you. You will also see a back garden fence ahead of you in through the clearing. Turn left here into the heathland area.
|Left at path T junction to Left at post|
Start point: 51.3673 lat, -0.8364 long
At the T junction at the top of the slope, turn left (in the opposite direction to the woodland arrow) then continue ahead. When you come to the next T junction with the main path, turn right up the hill. At the top of the hill you will see a square wooden post at the side of the woodland on your left hand side.
|Left at post to End|
Start point: 51.3658 lat, -0.8352 long
Turn left at this post. Follow this track back down the hill to the car park.
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Good short walk around.
|By Christelle+Foucault on 01 Mar 2014|
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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