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Savernake Lake and Bull Brook

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Savernake Lake and Bull Brook
Author: Claire, Published: 22 Oct 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Savernake Lake and Bull Brook Walking Guide star1 Savernake Lake and Bull Brook Walking Guide star1 Savernake Lake and Bull Brook Walking Guide star0 Savernake Lake and Bull Brook Walking Guide star0 Savernake Lake and Bull Brook Walking Guide
Berkshire, Bracknell
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Savernake Lake and Bull Brook
Length: 2 miles,  Difficulty: boot Savernake Lake and Bull Brook Walking Guide
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A 1.5 mile circular easy-access walk on the outskirts of Bracknell in Berkshire. The route explores the park surrounding Savernake Lake plus the long green corridors that lead you between residential areas and alongside Bull Brook. There’s plenty of wildlife to enjoy including herons and waterfowl on the lake and lots of birds within the tree belts and hedgerows. There are several playgrounds along the way as well as grass clearings, ideal for burning the excess energy of children and dogs!

The walk is almost entirely flat and follows paths with a tarmac surface for its entire length. There are no gates, steps or stiles on route and the only obstacles are two very generous staggered barriers. This means the route would be suitable for pushchairs, wheelchairs and disability buggies. There are a few road crossings along the way. Allow 45 minutes.

Savernake Park is located south of Bracknell town centre, in the residential area known as Forest Park. The walk begins at the free car park by the park entrance, located directly off the roundabout between Savernake Way and Mendip Road. If you are coming from the M3, exit at J3 and head north along the A322 towards Bracknell. At the edge of Bracknell, at the large crossroads with traffic lights, turn right into New Forest Ride. Go ahead at the first roundabout, left at the second roundabout and then turn right at the third roundabout, directly into the Savernake Park parking area. Approximate post code RG12 9YE (which is for a nearby residential street).

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Walk Sections

Start to Playgrounds
Start to Playgrounds

Start point: 51.4019 lat, -0.7273 long
End point: 51.4035 lat, -0.7275 long

Standing with your back to the car park entrance and roundabout, walk directly ahead passing alongside a vehicle barrier and crossing the wide red bridge which leads you over the brook inlet for Savernake Lake. On your right you will see the small weirs where Bull Brook feeds the lake, and on your left you will see the main body of Savernake Lake. The lake is a balancing pond, used by Thames Water to store excess water after periods of heavy rain.

Keep ahead for a few paces to reach a T-junction with a tarmac footpath, with a carved stag sculpture directly ahead. Turn left to follow the wide tarmac walkway, leading you through the trees. A little way along, you will pass a couple of carved mushroom sculptures on your left, at which point you also have a lovely view of the lake itself. Look out for herons fishing from the banks of the central island.

A short distance after passing the mushrooms, ignore the first path on your left, instead keep ahead for a few more paces. Just before the main path swings right, fork left onto a smaller tarmac path. This path leads you directly to a pair of children’s playgrounds and a grass clearing, an ideal spot for children and dogs to burn off some energy.

Playgrounds to Farningham Ride
Playgrounds to Farningham Ride

Start point: 51.4035 lat, -0.7275 long
End point: 51.4023 lat, -0.7321 long

Immediately before the playground on your left, turn left up the small tarmac path to reach a T-junction with the main lakeside path. Turn right to join this, taking time to enjoy the lake views on your left. Savernake Park currently covers 6.5 hectares (16 acres) comprising the lake and surrounding woodland. It is thought that the forest was once part of the vast area of Windsor Great Park, the royal hunting forest.

Immediately before you reach the houses ahead, turn right to continue on the wide tarmac walkway between trees. Follow this passing the grass clearing and playgrounds on your right and a row of houses on your left. You will emerge out to the end of a residential road.

Go ahead to cross this road and then continue ahead to join the pavement along another stretch of residential road. At the end of the road, pass just to the right of the parking area (passing Townsend flats on your right) to reach a T-junction with a bus access lane (Oareborough). Turn left along the pavement for about 50 paces, then fork right to join the tarmac path signed as a shared cycleway and walkway. Keep ahead as this becomes a green corridor path (known as Farningham Ride) between areas of housing.

Farningham Ride to Bull Brook
Farningham Ride to Bull Brook

Start point: 51.4023 lat, -0.7321 long
End point: 51.396 lat, -0.7285 long

Keep ahead along this green corridor, keeping your eyes peeled for birds and mammals within the tree belts and hedgerows. In autumn you are likely to see plenty of squirrels stashing their larders with acorns and chestnuts. You will emerge through a generous staggered barrier to reach a road. Cross over and go ahead through the next barrier to continue on the green corridor.

Continue ahead until you reach a footpath junction with more children’s playgrounds ahead. Turn left here to join another wide tarmac path, passing the playgrounds and a picnic bench on your right. You will come to a T-junction in the path, with the tell-tale railings and brick walls ahead marking that you are once more alongside the waterway known as Bull Brook.

Bull Brook to End
Bull Brook to End

Start point: 51.396 lat, -0.7285 long
End point: 51.402 lat, -0.7273 long

Turn left at this T-junction and follow the tarmac walkway leading you between houses. As you reach a junction with a side road, cross over and continue on the tarmac walkway with Bull Brook running to your right and a strip of hedgerow and trees on your left. On your right you will pass the pub and shops within the Forest Park small community complex.

Simply continue ahead on the brook-side path, crossing two side roads (Horndean Road and Micheldever Way). From this point, the tarmac path continues ahead but now with the brook on your left. Cross one final road, Savernake Way, and keep ahead for a short distance to reach the stag sculpture on your right. Turn left to cross back over the lake inlet to reach the car park where the walk began.

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1 comments for "Savernake Lake and Bull Brook"

Enjoyed this walk (again) today. Autumn trees looked great in the sunshine. Our dog loves it although she is mainly on the lead for the walk.

By Richard on 12 Nov 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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The stag sculpture at the start of the walk.
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One of several playgrounds on the route.
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Uploaded: 12 Nov 2017
Lovely autumn colours on the walk today (November 17).

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