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Larks Hill and Woodhurst Park

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Larks Hill and Woodhurst Park
Author: Claire, Published: 03 Dec 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Larks Hill and Woodhurst Park Walking Guide star1 Larks Hill and Woodhurst Park Walking Guide star1 Larks Hill and Woodhurst Park Walking Guide star0 Larks Hill and Woodhurst Park Walking Guide star0 Larks Hill and Woodhurst Park Walking Guide
Berkshire, Bracknell
Walk Type: Garden or park
Larks Hill and Woodhurst Park
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot Larks Hill and Woodhurst Park Walking Guide
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A 2.5 mile circular walk just north of Bracknell in Berkshire. The walking route explores two parks, Larks Hill and Woodhurst Park, the latter being a recent addition to the area, having opened in 2017. Along the way you will see the long-established community orchard at Larks Hill as well as the landscaped gardens, village green and wild meadows of Woodhurst. From the top of Cabbage Hill in Woodhurst Park you will have beautiful far-reaching views and there is a very good chance of seeing birds of prey.

The walk follows a mixture of compacted stone and tarmac paths throughout, meaning it never gets very muddy. There are no stiles or livestock on route, but you will need to negotiate a few generous staggered barriers plus several enlarged kissing gates (these are narrow but long and are suitable for pushchairs). There are several long and steady slopes but there are no steep hills. Dogs are welcome in both parks. There is one enclosed meadow and one small area of woodland that you can explore to extend the walk should you wish. Allow 1 to 1.5 hours.

The walk starts and finishes at the Larks Hill Countryside car park, just north of Bracknell town centre. The car park has free parking for 15 cars and has a 2.1m height restriction barrier. It is accessed directly from Harvest Ride, between Warfield Roundabout and Quelm Park Roundabout. From Bracknell town centre, take the A3095 Warfield Road heading north, to Warfield Roundabout, then turn left onto Harvest Ride (signed to Quelm Park). You will find the car park entrance on your right, immediately before the next roundabout (Quelm Park Roundabout). The post code RG42 2QA, will take you close to the Qulem Park Roundabout. If you are coming by bus, the Newport Drive bus stops are just a 2-minute walk from the start point. (If you prefer, you can park at the Cabbage Hill countryside car park, on the B3034 Forest Ride, Waypoint 3).

Walk Sections

Start to School Crossing
Start to School Crossing

Start point: 51.4296 lat, -0.7492 long
End point: 51.4313 lat, -0.7508 long

Standing with your back to the car park entrance, turn left through the car park to join the stone path for a few paces. You will reach a litter bin and fingerpost on your right. Turn right at this junction, signed to The Cut Countryside Corridor. Follow this stone path passing a wild meadow on your left and picnic benches on your right. The wild meadow is a haven for birds and you are likely to see flocks of finches enjoying the sunflower seeds in winter and, if you are lucky, a kestrel hovering on the lookout for small mammals.

Just before you reach the crossroads in the path, you will see a kissing gate into an enclosed meadow on your right. Whilst this does not form part of this route, it makes a lovely area to explore should you wish. (There are no surfaced paths and conservation cattle are used for conservation grazing at times – notices on the gates will tell you when they are present). For the main route, turn left at the crossroads, passing the well-established community orchard on your right. This was planted in 1995 and has more than 100 trees including apples, pears and plums. All members of the local community are welcome to share the harvest.

Simply keep ahead along the stone path, ignore another path coming in from the left, and you will leave the Larks Hill site in the top corner to reach a junction with a tarmac track. Turn left through the staggered barrier and then turn right to reach the pedestrian crossing with a school visible ahead.

School Crossing to Village Green
School Crossing to Village Green

Start point: 51.4313 lat, -0.7508 long
End point: 51.4317 lat, -0.7588 long

After crossing the road, turn left and then immediately right to join the tarmac slope leading you down past the entrance for Warfield Primary School on your right. Keep straight ahead beyond this, crossing a wide bridge over the River Cut, to enter Woodhurst Park. This is one of Bracknell’s newest parks, created in 2017 as part of the development of a new community of housing in the northern belt. Until this time, this area was arable farmland and had been occupied and farmed by four successive generations of the Gale family for 170 years until 2014.

Before continuing ahead on the main tarmac avenue through the park, it is worth taking a small detour to your right to visit the River Cut viewing platform. The small river usually runs crystal clear and is a haven for wildlife. When you have finished at the platform, return to the main tarmac avenue and turn right to continue along this.

There are a few noticeboards along this main avenue, that give details of this developing parkland. You will pass several balancing ponds, native trees and herbaceous borders. At the end of the first stretch, cross over the small access lane (West End Lane) via the two staggered barriers and continue ahead along the parkland avenue. This stretch includes a series of side loop paths which provide a fun nature trail for children. The areas beyond the wooden fencing of the park are allocated for new housing construction from 2017 onwards. Beyond the nature trail section, you will come to a large triangular area of grass on your left, known as the village green.

Village Green to Cabbage Hill Car Park
Village Green to Cabbage Hill Car Park

Start point: 51.4317 lat, -0.7588 long
End point: 51.4341 lat, -0.762 long

Just after the village green, pass one more pond on your right and then turn right (between two ponds) onto a pathway of decking and then tarmac. Stay with the main tarmac path as it swings steadily right, ignoring the bridges onto the area of green on your left. At the staggered T-junction, turn right. The path leads you towards an area of older housing ahead, but before meeting this, it swings left to reach a kissing gate.

Pass through the kissing gate into a grass meadow and turn left to join a stone path with a wire fence running on your left. At the end of this first meadow, pass through the kissing gate ahead and continue a few paces to reach a T-junction in the stone path. Turn right and follow the stone path through the second meadow, swinging left and then right to reach a couple of benches on your right. These make a great spot to perch and enjoy the views back to Bracknell town centre and its tree-filled suburbs. Keep your eyes peeled for red kites which are often seen in numbers above this area of parkland.

At the end of this second meadow, go ahead through a kissing gate and keep ahead on the path which leads you through the Cabbage Hill car park (an alternative starting point for the walk).

Cabbage Hill Car Park to Main Avenue
Cabbage Hill Car Park to Main Avenue

Start point: 51.4341 lat, -0.762 long
End point: 51.4305 lat, -0.7617 long

Standing with you back to the car park vehicle entrance, turn right through the car park and pass through the kissing gate. Turn right at the T-junction and follow the stone path through the meadow. At the far end, the path swings left and then leads you through a kissing gate to enter the next section of grassland. From this high vantage point the views are almost panoramic, with Bracknell town centre visible ahead and various sections of woodland, suburbs and villages all around.

Keep ahead, passing a couple of benches on your right and, where the main path swings left, fork right along a side path to pass through the next kissing gate. The path leads you ahead and then swings left, passing a small area of woodland across to your right (which you can explore should you wish). At the end of the stone path, go through the kissing gate and turn left to rejoin the park’s main tarmac avenue.

Main Avenue to End
Main Avenue to End

Start point: 51.4305 lat, -0.7617 long
End point: 51.4297 lat, -0.7492 long

The main avenue swings steadily right to merge with the stretch that we used for the outward leg of the walk. Keep ahead along the main avenue (ignoring the side paths on the left then right), passing the triangular village green on your right. Retrace your steps all the way along the main avenue, crossing over West End Lane and continuing on to reach the primary school on your left.

Beyond the school entrance, follow the tarmac path as it swings left to reach the pedestrian crossing. Cross the road here, turn right and then left through the staggered barrier. After this barrier, turn immediately right to enter Larks Hill once again. At the first fork, keep right, passing the dense wild meadow on your left. The stone path swings left and leads you directly back to the Larks Hill car park where the walk began.

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1 comments for "Larks Hill and Woodhurst Park"

Excellent walk for my husband, me & my Guide Dog

By MagandRodand on 03 Jun 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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