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Burghclere and Earlstone Manor

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Burghclere and Earlstone Manor
Author: Claire, Published: 01 Jan 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Burghclere and Earlstone Manor Walking Guide star1 Burghclere and Earlstone Manor Walking Guide star1 Burghclere and Earlstone Manor Walking Guide star1 Burghclere and Earlstone Manor Walking Guide star0 Burghclere and Earlstone Manor Walking Guide
Hampshire, Burghclere
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Burghclere and Earlstone Manor
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Burghclere and Earlstone Manor Walking Guide boot Burghclere and Earlstone Manor Walking Guide
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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.

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Walk Sections

Start to Reeves Cottage
Start to Reeves Cottage

Start point: 51.3472 lat, -1.3252 long
End point: 51.3462 lat, -1.3228 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.

Further along, you will pass the primary school on your right before coming to the road junction at the end of Church Lane. Cross over Well Street with care, to take the small tarmac track at about 1 o’clock (signed as a bridleway), which runs immediately to the right of Reeves Cottage.

Reeves Cottage to Earlstone Manor
Reeves Cottage to Earlstone Manor

Start point: 51.3462 lat, -1.3228 long
End point: 51.3372 lat, -1.3116 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.

You will pass a single cottage on your right and the track now leads you downhill to reach a pair of tall, black, metal vehicle gates ahead. This marks the entrance to Earlstone Manor, a manor house which is Grade II listed and parts of which date back to the 1300s. The route will take you through the grounds of the manor and a sign asks that you keep dogs on a lead as you may come across farm dogs and geese.

Earlstone Manor to Woodside Farm
Earlstone Manor to Woodside Farm

Start point: 51.3372 lat, -1.3116 long
End point: 51.3405 lat, -1.2997 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).

Follow this path with a sunken stream running down to your left and you will soon emerge out into a grass clearing. Stay alongside the scrub on your left, heading downhill towards a small lake. Bear left (marked with a footpath fingerpost) to cross the lake’s inlet stream via a boardwalk bridge. Continue along the woodland path (with the lake now on your right) and you will emerge out to the edge of a large crop field.

Turn left and follow this footpath with the large crop field on your right and the hedgerow and woodland running on your left. Stay with the left-hand field boundary as it bears left. Continue to the point that a small woodland begins on the opposite (right-hand) side of the field. If you look between 1 and 2 o’clock now, you may be able to see the waymarker post in the far right-hand corner – this is where you will exit the field. If there is a path through the crops, you can walk straight to this point, otherwise stay with the field boundary, ahead and then right.

In the field corner, cross the stile to enter a pasture (which sometimes holds cattle). With your back to the stile, cross the field diagonally right (between 1 and 2 o’clock). As you reach the tree-line, pass through the gateway to enter a second pasture. Cross this diagonally left (about 11 o’clock) to reach the wide farm gate (just to the right of a small copse). Go through this metal gate to enter Woodside Farm.

Woodside Farm to Brenda Parker Way
Woodside Farm to Brenda Parker Way

Start point: 51.3405 lat, -1.2997 long
End point: 51.3461 lat, -1.2937 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.

Turn left along the quiet road, taking care of any occasional traffic. Follow the lane for about 500 metres and then, on a right-hand bend, turn left onto a woodland track (marked with a footpath fingerpost and signed as part of the Brenda Parker Way).

Brenda Parker Way to Palmer's Hill House
Brenda Parker Way to Palmer's Hill House

Start point: 51.3461 lat, -1.2937 long
End point: 51.3482 lat, -1.314 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.

Continue on the track which descends to a crossroads. Go straight ahead and follow the track winding ahead, with a hedgerow running on your right. Further along, the track leads you to a field gate ahead, with a beautiful red-brick property beyond. This marks the entrance to Palmer’s Hill House and you will notice the driveway is lined with mushroom-shaped saddle stones. Your route will cross the grounds where you will come across peacocks and other birds, so keep dogs on leads once again.

Palmer's Hill House to End
Palmer's Hill House to End

Start point: 51.3482 lat, -1.314 long
End point: 51.3474 lat, -1.3253 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.

Cross over and go straight ahead onto the woodland footpath, still part of the Brenda Parker Way. Beyond the fence to your left are the buildings of Clere School; one former student was Jamie Hince, husband of the model Kate Moss.

At the end of the woodland path you will reach a T-junction with the road. The next short section of walk follows the road which has no pavements, so take care. Cross over and turn left along the road edge, using the grass verges and drive frontages as much as possible. At the brow of the rise, pass between the village signs to enter Burghclere. Ignore the first road on the right (Ayre’s Lane) and instead take the second road on the right, Harts Lane (signed to Highclere). Continue for about 200 metres and you will find the car park on the left where the walk began.

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5 comments for "Burghclere and Earlstone Manor"

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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.

ADMIN RESPONSE: Glad you enjoyed the walk. All iFootpath routes are created and measured using a GPS tracker (and verified in online GPS software) so the published lengths are all correct. All GPS trackers and Fitness Apps vary a little, so we round to the nearest half mile. This walk was less than 4.3 miles and so is rounded down to 4 miles.

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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