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Beech Hill and Grazeley

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Beech Hill and Grazeley
Author: Stuart, Published: 04 Dec 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Beech Hill and Grazeley Walking Guide star1 Beech Hill and Grazeley Walking Guide star1 Beech Hill and Grazeley Walking Guide star0 Beech Hill and Grazeley Walking Guide star0 Beech Hill and Grazeley Walking Guide
Berkshire, Beech Hill
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Beech Hill and Grazeley
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Beech Hill and Grazeley Walking Guide boot Beech Hill and Grazeley Walking Guide
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A circular walk of just over 4 miles, starting and ending in Beech Hill in Berkshire. This level walk is mainly on tracks and field footpaths, visiting the village of Grazeley along the way. There are some sections along quiet roads and a road crossing that needs care. There are only about 2 stiles (and one of these can be walked around if needed). Allow about 2 to 2.5 hours.

The walk starts from the village green, in the centre of the village of Beech Hill. Parking is possible alongside the village green, next to the church or in Wood Lane. Please be considerate and do not park on the pavement or grass verges. There are no regular bus services to Beech Hill, so a car or taxi is needed to get to the start. Approximate post code RG7 2BB.

Walk Sections

Start to Foudry Brook
Start to Foudry Brook

Start point: 51.3738 lat, -0.9987 long
End point: 51.3861 lat, -0.9896 long

Leaving the centre of Beech Hill with the church behind you, continue down Wood Lane (the side road opposite the church), passing the Memorial Hall and houses. This is a quiet, residential road with a pavement that continues almost to the end. As you reach Beech Hill House on your left, with trees full of mistletoe, (built by the Hunter family and used by the Red Cross during World War II), bear left and continue straight ahead to a gate across the path. This is the old Beech Hill to Swallowfield road. Walk round the gate and continue on the track.

As the track bears sharp right cross the footbridge on your left by the byway signs, bear left and continue along this path until you reach the main road, Beech Hill Road. Cross the road (beware of some fast moving traffic especially coming down the hill from your right) and continue along the lane opposite.

Turn right along a signposted track that starts opposite a half timbered cottage. This track soon meets and runs alongside Foudry Brook, which continues north through Green Park and eventually joins the River Kennet.

Foudry Brook to Grazeley
Foudry Brook to Grazeley

Start point: 51.3861 lat, -0.9896 long
End point: 51.3961 lat, -0.9955 long

Continue alongside the A33 Swallowfield bypass. This can be noisy at times, but some sound is held back when the leaves are on the trees. Cross a small side road that joins the A33 and continue alongside the A33 for a short while until you reach a gate and sign pointing across the field. Take the path that runs diagonally across the field towards houses in the distance. There may be crops in the field, but this part of the path is usually well marked.

At the edge of the field, cross a bridge over Foudry Brook and stay on the track, past the junior school, until you reach the main road.

Grazeley to Lambwood Hill
Grazeley to Lambwood Hill

Start point: 51.3961 lat, -0.9955 long
End point: 51.3928 lat, -1.0015 long

Cross the road and take the marked path that runs past Grazeley Village Hall, coming out on Church Lane. Turn left and take a peek at Holy Trinity Church, now a private house.

At the end of this short lane, cross the stile (or go round it) and continue along the path alongside the hedge on the right. After 100 yards or so there is a footpath sign, including one option that points diagonally across the field on your left - take this branch. If the field is full of crops and the path has not been marked, aim for the left-hand end of the line of oak trees on the other side. You will soon see a gap in the fence and will come out onto the road over a small footbridge.

Turn left along this quiet lane (Pump Lane) and continue until you reach the T-junction at Lambwood Hill.

Lambwood Hill to End
Lambwood Hill to End

Start point: 51.3928 lat, -1.0015 long
End point: 51.3736 lat, -0.9988 long

Cross the road and go through the narrow gap in the hedge onto a marked path that runs alongside the hedge and joins Grazeley Road on the other side. Turn right on this road and continue for about a mile until you arrive back in Beech Hill, next to St Mary The Virgin Church, where the walk began. Along the way you will pass Clappers Farm and will re-cross Foudry Brook. There are good views across the fields to your left towards Spencers Wood. There is a shop and tea shop in the church at the end of the walk.

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1 comments for "Beech Hill and Grazeley"

Disappointing walk. Mainly on roads. Countryside flat and boring.

By Pathfinder on 07 Feb 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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