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The Lookout and Cesar's Camp

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The Lookout and Cesar's Camp
Author: Claire, Published: 01 Oct 2011 Walk Rating:star1 The Lookout and Cesar's Camp Walking Guidestar1 The Lookout and Cesar's Camp Walking Guidestar1 The Lookout and Cesar's Camp Walking Guidestar1 The Lookout and Cesar's Camp Walking Guidestar0 The Lookout and Cesar's Camp Walking Guide
Berkshire, Bracknell
Walk Type: Woodland
The Lookout and Cesar's Camp
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot The Lookout and Cesar's Camp Walking Guide boot The Lookout and Cesar's Camp Walking Guide
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A 3.5 mile circular walk through Swinley Forest near Bracknell in Berkshire. The forest is popular with cyclists, dog walkers and families alike, providing fun and adventure for both children and dogs. The walk starts at The Lookout Discovery Centre in Bracknell and follows a circular route along the woodland tracks passing Cesar’s Camp (an Iron Age Hill Fort). The Lookout is very popular, particularly at the weekend, so you are likely to find the first few hundred yards very busy, but as this part of Swinley Forest is more than 1,000 hectares, you will find more seclusion and tranquillity after this point. The forest is mainly coniferous, with patches set aside as heath and you are likely to see a variety of wildlife including birds, squirrels and deer. There is plenty for the whole family to enjoy at The Lookout site itself including a cafe, science discovery centre, Go Ape (a treetop assault course), a segway course and children’s play areas.

The walk follows forest tracks which are wide, open and well made but of course can be muddy in winter and after wet weather. You’re likely to come across cyclists, dog walkers and even horse riders but generally you’ll find that once you are into the walk the tracks will be quiet. There are no stiles and just a few gates. Whilst not entirely flat, the small number of ascents and descents are relatively gentle. Approximate time 1.5 hours.

The walk starts and finishes at the Lookout Discovery Centre in Bracknell. The centre has a large car park (pay and display from October 2012) and is signed from the B3430 (Nile Mile Ride). Approximate post code RG12 7QW.

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Walk Sections

Into Swinley Forest
Into Swinley Forest

Start point: 51.3877 lat, -0.7403 long
End point: 51.3774 lat, -0.7422 long

Parking is available at the Lookout Discovery Centre. With the Discovery Centre on your right, walk ahead and through the gate with the Go Ape treetop assault course on your left. Take time to watch the people using the assault course as they battle with swing ropes, cargo nets and zip wires. At the cross roads in the forest tracks turn right.

Swinley Forest covers a total of 2,600 acres and stretches from Bracknell in the north to Bagshot in the south. Although now mostly a modern plantation of Scots Pines, the area was once part of Windsor Forest and is still managed by Crown Estate. In 2009, the forest shot to fame again when it was used to film the woodland scenes from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1.

Continue ahead to the next cross roads, go straight ahead through a wooden gate. Note that this section is off limits to cyclists and horse riders, but dogs are more than welcome.

Continue up the hill and you will then pass a gate on the left. Continue ahead until you reach a gate across the track. Go through the gate and then turn left. After approximately 100 yards you will reach another major junction in the path.

Along to Cesar’s Camp
Along to Cesar’s Camp

Start point: 51.3774 lat, -0.7422 long
End point: 51.3817 lat, -0.7586 long

At this junction turn right. Follow the path straight ahead but note that this section can have some enormous puddles that cover the width of the track – these can be avoided by taking small detours into the trees. You will pass the Bray Pipeline South East Water facility on your right and then you will emerge into a multi-way junction of forest tracks. This junction (Upper Star Post) is marked with a distinctive Swinley Forest green and white metal signpost which includes the emblem of the Crown Estate.

Take the first turning on the right, and follow the path with the telegraph cables running parallel on the left and the fence for the water facility on the right. As soon as the fence on the right ends, you will come across a beautiful lake set into the forest. This is well worth a stop, especially if you have a dog that enjoys a swim to cool down.

Continue ahead until you reach the end of the telegraph cables. Ahead of you will be the wooden kissing gate marking the entrance to Cesar’s Camp, an Iron Age Hill Fort.

Cesar’s Camp back to The Lookout
Cesar’s Camp back to The Lookout

Start point: 51.3817 lat, -0.7586 long
End point: 51.3866 lat, -0.7416 long

You can extend the walk by exploring Cesar’s Camp if you wish. Otherwise, do not go into Cesar’s Camp. Instead, turn right and follow the path as it bends right, then left and then begins to descend downhill.

Go straight ahead at the cross roads and then after some distance you will come across another small lake on the right. Soon after you will reach a T-junction, turn left and then follow the path ahead ignoring any routes to the left or right. When you reach another distinctive Swinley Forest signpost, go straight ahead signed ‘Lookout’ into a narrower path lined with young trees. As you emerge from the trees, follow the path to the right and then you will come to a gate into the Lookout picnic area.

Go through the gate and follow the path through the picnic benches (dogs on leads here). You will pass the centre’s cafe on the left and a very large children’s play area on the right. At the far end of the picnic area, pass through the gate to return to the car park.

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5 comments for "The Lookout and Cesar's Camp"

Tried this route today (22/8/17) and the path from Upper Star Point to Ceaser's Camp is blocked due to logging. You get part way down the path only to encounter mesh fencing on both sides and a great big heap of sand blocking from verge to verge. A sign explains what is happening and estimates an (unspecified) August end date. (Today is currently 22nd of August - make of that what you will). Anyway, the route can be completed because there is a path into the woods to the left of the fencing. When followed it is fairly narrow and meandering but it consists of hard baked orange mud/sand which means that it is easy to follow although stony and uneven. Eventually it leads out onto a crossing path that when followed (by turning right) leads out eventually to the Ceaser's Camp kissing gate. At this point you are back on the original route.

By Civiliza on 22 Aug 2017

Another excellent walk, very clear directions

By avrilacres on 02 Apr 2017

I don't have a dog, but this walk made me wish I did.

By dlkhain on 08 Apr 2016

Hi Dulcie. No, nothing missing from the directions. I think the right turn you mean is the last sentence of the first paragraph? Maybe Finley was too busy hunting deer rather than reading the instructions properly?! I hope Finley had a lovely walk.

By Claire on 08 Oct 2011

Hi. Have I misunderstood or did you miss the right turn at the first crossroads past the go ape course? Finley, our dog, thinks you might have.

By dulcie on 08 Oct 2011

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10 gallery images for "The Lookout and Cesar's Camp"

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The entrance to Cesar's Camp
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The Lookout Discovery Centre
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A distinctive Crown Estate sign post
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After first crossroads
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Crest of the hill leading down towards the second turn
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Just over the crest
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Above the heather
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Surprisingly colourful sand blockade (August '17)
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Temporary logging sign (August '17)
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Another route, another log pile. Final leg of the route (suspect I accidentally used a filter setting for this).

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This function allows you to see how your published walk would look, before you submit as 'Ready' for review.

Status

When a walk is created and saved in iFootpath its status is automatically set to 'Draft'. This implies that you are still working on it and may want to come back later to add walk sections, images or other information. When you are ready for the walk to be shared with other iFootpath registered users then the status should be changed to 'Ready'. This will automatically notify the system that you want to share the walk. The system will check to ensure you have completed the required information and alert a reviewer. The reviewer will read through to check the content is clean and consistent with our terms of use. This does not check the accuracy of the walk details or any other information. If there are issues with the contents you will be contacted by email. The walk status will also be reset to 'Draft' in this case. More likely, however, that everything is fine in which case its status will be set to 'Published' at which point it becomes available for viewing and downloading by any registered user of iFootpath. This includes download to iFootpath Mobile.

Filters

Filters allow you to narrow down your search for walks of interest. By County restricts the list of walks to those in the selected County. The Filters links at the top of the list page allow you to jump quickly to the filters or to clear them.

Keyword Search

The Keyword search facility will search through the walk descriptions and notes to find words or phrases you specify.

My GPX Files

This page gives you the list of GPX files that you have uploaded from iFootpath mobile (or from other sources). You are able to view, edit, delete or download these files. Once you are happy with your GPX file you can 'convert to walk' to create a draft walk based on this data. This walk will appear under 'Manage My Walks'.

Manage My Walks

The list of walks presented are those you have written and entered into iFootpath. From here you can filter the list if you have lots to narrow down your search, list all or just those with a particular status. If you select a 'Published' or 'Ready' walk you will see a read-only version of your walk, although if 'Ready' you can reset status to 'Draft' again for further editing.

Walk Sections in iFootpath

Each walk section represents a particular piece of a walking route. The start and end of each section are defined by waypoints. Each section joins onto the next to form the complete walk. There is no limit to the number of sections a walk can have, but on a long walk we recommend breaking the route down into manageable pieces that are delineated by particular landmarks, turnings or changes in obvious route. Each section has its own photograph and descriptive text which should hold a photograph that illustrates the section and any instructions or other notes you want to add that may be of use in helping navigation or pointing things out.

Section Title (required)

The section title is used to provide a short name for the section. It is useful in section titles to provide an indication of the start and end, so using names of landmarks, roads, etc is a useful aid. Sections will be named automatically as the name of the waypoint at the end of that section. It is recommended that you rename the sections as something more useful to walkers.

Section Description (required)

This field is used to provide as much information as you wish about the walk section. This should include notes on navigation, even if obvious, and any further information you care to share about views, historical notes, things to look for, etc.

Key Image (recommended)

A picture can save many words and will often be very useful in helping to navigate or spot things along the route. The picture must be in any of the main image formats (JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG) and image files up to 2Mb in size are permitted. Once an image is uploaded it will be resized automatically and a smaller version saved that is optimised for viewing on both this website and iFootpath Mobile.

Our preferred way of saving images for iFootpath is to save or export them at a maximum size of 1024x1024 pixels as a JPEG file. Please be sure that you own the copyright to any images uploaded - you must have taken them yourself or have explicit permission.

Map Ref (optional)

This allows the OS Map reference for the start and end of the section to be entered. These should be in the format:

AB 123 456

Further details of this system can be seen on the Ordnance Survey website.

Start/End Point (optional)

This provides the facility to capture the co-ordinates for the start and end points of the walk section. iFootpath will automatically complete this field based on the GPX file used to create the walk.

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