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|The Royal Oak, Marlow Common and Homefield Wood|
|Author: Claire, Published: 10 Apr 2015||Walk Rating:|
|A 4 mile fairly strenuous circular pub walk from The Royal Oak in Bovingdon Green near Marlow in Buckinghamshire. The Royal Oak is an award-winning dining pub with an organic interior that oozes bonhomie, it feels like someone’s home and it might as well be yours for the time you’re there. With red kites soaring overhead, glass in hand and a menu to savour it’s a world away from the hustle and bustle of Marlow's riverside. The walking route explores the surrounding Chiltern landscape taking in peaceful sections of woodland, farmland and a long stretch of the Chiltern Way with plenty of wildlife and historical interest along the way. |
The route includes several climbs and descents throughout. The paths are unmade and cross farmland and woodland and so can get very muddy after rain and in the winter months. You will need to negotiate some kissing gates, V-shaped squeeze gaps and 5 stiles (all of which have gaps in the fence surrounds that should be suitable for medium-large dogs to hop through). You will be sharing a few of the fields with horses and one of the fields may be holding cattle so take care with dogs. Some of the paths are quite narrow and can get overgrown in the summer months so shorts are not recommended (unless you’re immune to nettles and brambles!). Allow 2 hours.
The Royal Oak is in Bovingdon Green, a small hamlet located just to the west of Marlow in Buckinghamshire. From Marlow town centre, take the A4155 towards Henley. After 300 yards take the right-hand turn (Oxford Road) signposted to Bovingdon Green, next to the garage. Go three quarters of a mile and you will find The Royal Oak on the left-hand side as you come out of the woods. The car park fills up quickly at peak times. To make life easier for the pub, please try to arrive in the morning to complete the walk while the pub is closed, finishing just in time for a well-earned lunch as the pub opens. Approximate post code SL7 2JF.
|Start to Marlow Common|
Start point: 51.5758 lat, -0.7958 long
Leave the pub car park via the vehicle entrance and turn left along the front of the pub. As you reach the duck pond ahead, cross over the road with care to join the narrow path running along the road’s right-hand grass verge. You are now following part of the Chiltern Way long distance path, but more about that later...
|Marlow Common to Lord's Wood Stile|
Start point: 51.5755 lat, -0.8109 long
Cross the road and go through the gate to enter the common. You will see an information board on the left giving you more details about the site. Marlow Common is one of the many ancient commons in the Chilterns and, as recently as the 1800s, was grazing land. At that time it would have been an open area of grass, heather and scattered shrub with only a few trees. Since grazing ceased the woodland has developed.
|Lord's Wood Stile to Arbon|
Start point: 51.5769 lat, -0.8138 long
Cross the stile to enter the hillside horse paddock. Walk diagonally right, heading for the barns visible in the valley bottom. You will find a stile in the bottom boundary, just to the left of the barns. Cross this stile and the next one directly ahead to enter a hillside pasture (which may be holding cattle). Walk directly ahead, heading uphill along the right-hand boundary of this large hillside field.
|Arbon to Chiltern Way|
Start point: 51.5807 lat, -0.8232 long
Cross the road and walk straight ahead through the hedge gap to reach the corner of a crop field. Walk ahead, following the line of the hedge on the right. After just 50 yards, fork right onto the signed footpath which leads you between hedges and then continue ahead along the left-hand edge of this next crop field. Stay on the field edge path as it swings right and then left and leads you down to reach a corner of woodland. Fork left here to join the footpath into Homefield Wood.
|Chiltern Way to Pullingshill Wood|
Start point: 51.5742 lat, -0.8318 long
The stone track leads past a vehicle barrier and out to a T-junction with the road. Turn right along the road (taking care of traffic) and, where the road bends right, turn left to join the footpath (signed as the Chiltern Way).
|Pullingshill Wood to End|
Start point: 51.5722 lat, -0.818 long
Walk directly ahead on the path which leads you fairly steeply uphill. Once over the brow of the hill, keep left at the fork and pass between laid tree trunks to reach a crossroads with a quiet tarmac lane. (NOTE: Just before this lane you will see a waymarker post. If you wish to visit the World War I trenches turn right along the path, with the road to the left, and you will come to the trenches on the right.)
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2015 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
Did this one on 24th April 2015, great walk! One comment, the last bit of the Lord's Wood Stile to Arbon.....now the trees are in leaf, the red brick house is not visible, so just aim for the clump of trees!
|By Fishingsmurf on 25 Apr 2015|
Did this walk this morning (20th March 2016) with our three little girls and we all love it. Great day outdoor!
|By mgastaut on 20 Mar 2016|
Really lovely walk on a cold crisp sunny day. Some prickly brambles particularly on the narrow path through Homefield Wood.
|By Alcazaba on 29 Nov 2016|
Super walk if you have a dog, 95% off-lead, no other animals about. A few slight gradients; 21 floors registered on Apple Health app. Loved it and will do it again. iFootpath app really worked well - we would have got lost without it.
|By davviid on 24 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 Apr 2015
View of the WWI practice trenches
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 26 Apr 2015
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