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Tour of Beech Hill

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Tour of Beech Hill
Author: Stuart, Published: 15 Nov 2017 Walk Rating:star1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Berkshire, Beech Hill
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Tour of Beech Hill
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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This short circular walk, of just under 3 miles, visits all the main parts of Beech Hill in Berkshire. It's all on level ground using footpaths, byways and two short sections of road (either very quiet or with a pavement). You will need to negotiate a couple of gates and two stiles. One field you cross is likely to be holding horses. Allow about 1 hour.

Park outside St Mary The Virgin Church at the start of the walk. There is off-road parking next to the church or you can park in Wood Lane opposite, which usually is very quiet. Approximate post code RG7 2BB. (Alternatively, you can start the walk and park in The Triangle, opposite The Elm Tree, at Waypoint 2).

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Walk Sections

Start to Byway
Start to Byway

Start point: 51.3738 lat, -0.9988 long
End point: 51.377 lat, -0.9816 long

With your back to the church, walk ahead past Beech Hill Memorial Hall opposite and continue along Wood Lane. This is the main residential part of Beech Hill. You will pass Chapel Lane on your right. A few yards down this road is a very old Methodist Chapel.

Continue along Wood Lane and stay on the lane where it turns sharp left, past Beech Hill House on your left. This was built by the Hunter family and is now divided into flats. During World War II the Red Cross used it to treat casualties.

Continue past the gate and along the paved road. This is the old Beech Hill to Swallowfield road and was closed when the Swallowfield Bypass was built. You can just make out the old road markings in places. Stay on the road as it bears right. At this point, the road used to cross what is now the bypass. It now turns into a track and runs adjacent to the bypass, which can be noisy at times.

At the end of the field on your right, you will see a new gate leading onto a footpath on your right. Go through this and follow the path. There is a field on your right and a wood on your left. If you peer into the wood, you can see old earthworks. This is the remains of Beaumy's Castle, likely to have been built between 1250 and 1350.

At the end of the field, go over two stiles and cross the field (usually containing horses) to enter Priory Farm. Walk straight ahead through the farm and join a small, private road (and footpath) at the junction with The Priory, built on the site of an old priory. Turn right and continue to the junction near Beech Hill House (that you passed earlier).

Byway to Trowes Lane
Byway to Trowes Lane

Start point: 51.377 lat, -0.9816 long
End point: 51.3744 lat, -0.9925 long

Turn left at this junction and onto a byway. This has been cleaned up in recent years and vehicles discouraged, although there can be a few boggy parts at this top end after wet weather.

Walk along the path with occasional views through the trees on the right to houses at the edge of Beech Hill. After about half a mile, you will see a marked footpath on your right. Take this path, walk past the hedge and come out into a field. Ahead you will see houses at the edge of Beech Hill. Around you are fields that are mostly used for growing grass for hay-making.

Turn left and follow the edge of the field to the corner, then right up a slight slope and along the hedge to a point where the path enters a wood over a small bridge. Follow the path through the wood and come out on Trowes Lane, next to The Elm Tree pub.

Trowes Lane to End
Trowes Lane to End

Start point: 51.3744 lat, -0.9925 long
End point: 51.3736 lat, -0.9986 long

Turn right along Trowes Lane and then right again onto Beech Hill Road, passing the pub. After a short distance you will see the duck pond on your right. You can go through the gate and walk around the pond, or just sit on the bench for a while. Opposite the duck pond is Trunkwell House and Thrive horticultural therapy.

Continue along the lane and soon you will pass the village green and return to the start point. There is a shop and coffee shop inside the church.

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1 comments for "Tour of Beech Hill"

Beware of two vicious jack russell’s on Priory Farm! Not safe to walk your own dogs.

ADMIN RESPONSE: Sorry to hear you had a problem with dogs at the farm. If you (or your dog) felt threatened then you should report the incident to the public rights of way team at the council (West Berkshire in this case). This will allow them to build a picture and take action.

By hopecansdale on 09 May 2018

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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