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Beech Hill and Trunkwell

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Beech Hill and Trunkwell
Author: Stuart, Published: 02 Feb 2018 Walk Rating:star1 Beech Hill and Trunkwell Walking Guide star0 Beech Hill and Trunkwell Walking Guide star0 Beech Hill and Trunkwell Walking Guide star0 Beech Hill and Trunkwell Walking Guide star0 Beech Hill and Trunkwell Walking Guide
Berkshire, Beech Hill
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Beech Hill and Trunkwell
Length: 2 miles,  Difficulty: boot Beech Hill and Trunkwell Walking Guide boot Beech Hill and Trunkwell Walking Guide
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CLOSURE NOTICE JULY 2018: A footpath on this walk is currently closed and so the route is impassable. We will remove this notice once the walk is open.

A circular walk of just over 2 miles, starting and ending in Beech Hill in Berkshire. This level walk is mainly on tracks and footpaths, with a look at Trunkwell House at the end. There is one section along a quiet road plus one road crossing that needs care. There are only about 2 stiles, and these can be walked around if needed. Allow about 1 hour.

The walk starts from the Triangle, next to The Elm Tree pub at the west end of Beech Hill. Parking is possible on the road alongside the pub. Please be considerate and do not park on the grass verge. 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 2AZ.

Walk Sections

Start to Trowes Lane
Start to Trowes Lane

Start point: 51.3715 lat, -1.0033 long
End point: 51.3637 lat, -0.9999 long

With the pub on your left and facing down Trowes Lane, turn left onto the public footpath that runs behind the pub. Continue through a wood with good views to your right and you will shortly reach a small bridge that crosses a ditch. Cross the bridge and walk down the marked path next to the hedge on your right.

At the bottom of the field, turn left and continue on the path. At the corner of the field you will pass through a small thicket and cross a stile onto a byway. Turn right on the byway and continue, past some houses and with views back up to Beech Hill, until you reach a road, Trowes Lane.

Trowes Lane to End
Trowes Lane to End

Start point: 51.3637 lat, -0.9999 long
End point: 51.3716 lat, -1.0033 long

Turn right onto Trowes Lane. Be careful on this stretch, as cars sometime speed and can appear around the bends without much warning. After about 200 yards you will see a field entrance on your left. There is a five bar gate and the footpath sign is partly hidden in the hedge. Cross the road carefully and enter the field. As you walk along the top edge of the field, with the hedge on your left, you will have a good view of Beech Hill, and will be able to see that it is, indeed, a hill.

Follow the path round the field at the far edge and you will soon see a gap on your left with a small footbridge over a ditch. Cross this bridge and go on to Park Lane. Turn right and walk along the road. After crossing a stream, you will see various signposts pointing to a track on your right. Walk along this track, which soon passes some houses on Donkey Pound Lane.

At the end of the lane, turn right on Beech Hill Road and you will soon reach the Elm Tree, from where you started. But don’t celebrate too soon, as you still have another half mile to go. Turn left at the stile beyond the reservoir monument and almost opposite The Elm Tree. This is a permitted path that takes you to Trunkwell House, a conference centre and hotel. When you are close to the house, the path takes a dog-leg to the right and brings you onto a paved road, from where you can see the front of Trunkwell House on your left. Turn right on the road and continue to the estate entrance at Beech Hill Road. Turn right, passing the pond, the old forge and some pretty cottages and you will soon arrive back at The Elm Tree.

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2 Comments for: "Beech Hill and Trunkwell"

The footpath behind the Elm Tree appears to be closed. The stile across the byway is no longer there. The 5 bar gate is now a one bar gate with a padlock.

ADMIN RESPONSE: Many thanks for letting us know. We have added a temporary closure notice to the walk and will contact the local authority to find out details of the problem.

By VentoVR6 on 17 Jul 2018

Start of walk along public footpath impassable. The footpath sign has been removed so perhaps no longer right of way?

ADMIN RESPONSE: Many thanks for letting us know. We have added a temporary closure notice to the walk and will contact the local authority to find out details of the problem.

By benjamin2626 on 15 Jul 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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