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|Burghclere and Earlstone Manor|
|Author: Claire, Published: 01 Jan 2017||Walk Rating:|
|A 4 mile circular walk from the village of Burghclere in Hampshire. This is a particularly peaceful walk, given its proximity to the A34 and the town of Newbury. The route follows bridleway tracks through woodland, plus paths across fields and you will also discover a few beautiful estates along the way. |
The walk has several climbs and descents throughout, but there are no steep sections. About a third of the route is on surfaced pavements and tracks, with the remainder following unmade paths, some stretches of which can get muddy at times. There is one short stretch along a quiet road. You will need to negotiate several gates plus one stile (that has a gap underneath that most dogs should be able to fit through). Most of the route is on enclosed paths, but you will need to cross two grass pastures. These were empty when we walked (in December) but they may be holding grazing cattle in the warmer months. Allow 2 hours.
Burghclere village is located in Hampshire, close to the Berkshire border and about 4 miles south of Newbury. The walk starts and finishes in the free car park for Burghclere Sports Club and the Recreation Ground which is on Harts Lane. Approximate post code RG20 9JD.
|Start to Reeves Cottage|
Start point: 51.3472 lat, -1.3252 long
Leave the car park via the vehicle entrance, cross over to the far pavement and turn left along this. Cross back over the road to take the first turning on the left, Church Lane, passing the war memorial and then joining the right-hand pavement to pass the church on your right.
|Reeves Cottage to Earlstone Manor|
Start point: 51.3462 lat, -1.3228 long
Follow this hedge-lined vehicle access track for some distance. Further along, the track leads you past a dense section of woodland on your right before bending right and then left (passing a timber yard on your right). Continue along the vehicle track, leading you through the woodland and then continuing south, with tree lines and open fields each side.
|Earlstone Manor to Woodside Farm|
Start point: 51.3372 lat, -1.3116 long
Pass through the bridle gate (which is just to the right of the vehicle gates) and follow the access drive ahead, passing a large lake on your right. Before the end of the lake (and before you reach the junction in the track), turn left onto a narrow woodland path (this was marked by a damaged footpath waymarker arrow when we walked).
|Woodside Farm to Brenda Parker Way|
Start point: 51.3405 lat, -1.2997 long
Follow the enclosed grass track leading you uphill towards the farm buildings. Immediately after passing the end of the first barn on your left, dog-leg left then right and follow the access track passing a modern barn immediately on your left. The track bears right through a gate and then left through another gate to reach a T-junction with the road.
|Brenda Parker Way to Palmer's Hill House|
Start point: 51.3461 lat, -1.2937 long
Follow the track ahead for a few metres, swinging left over a concrete slab bridge and then bending right to reach a field gate. Pass through the gap alongside the gate and follow the grass track directly ahead, leading you between large open crop fields. Continue on this grass track, leading you steadily uphill and take time to enjoy the long-reaching views at the brow of the climb.
|Palmer's Hill House to End|
Start point: 51.3482 lat, -1.314 long
Go through the gap alongside the gate and walk straight ahead to join the property’s access drive, passing the main house on your left and outbuildings on your right. Stay with the access track and you will pass Pembroke House on your left and then The Wolery also on your left. Follow the track as it swings left, passing the gates for Earlstone House across to your right. At the end of the track you will come to a crossroads with a quiet lane.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2017 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
|By hfelle on 02 Jan 2017|
This was a lovely walk but we measured it at more 5 miles than 4. It took just under 2 hours at a leisurely pace.
|By tootyflutey on 25 Feb 2017|
We did this walk today (March 1) and it was absolutely superb. It is a good mix of tracks, field paths with lots of open views and attractive woodland. We saw wild daffodils and snowdrops in the wooded sections. There was some mud but it was easily negotiable. The instructions were very clear and easy to follow. Many thanks!
|By MaryCher on 01 Mar 2017|
Superb walk through some fantastic countryside tho with some drama. Walked on July with 2 dogs. Resident in 4x4 shouted at me for having off lead on 1st bridleway before manor. Dilapidated sign on tree halfway down but no validity or reason...Path thro crops present at Stage 3 & needs LH turn at end to reach field corner. Pasture had cattle with calves & warning sign - they were v challenging even when I went around edge. Will add more detail on Facebook page. But very enjoyable anyway!
|By Huggermugger on 06 Jul 2017|
Wanted to add to my previous review - at the start there is a public path that goes round the back of the sports club and comes out almost opposite the school so avoids some road. Though you would miss the church...
|By Huggermugger on 06 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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Uploaded: 04 Jan 2017
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