Cake Wood & Froxfield village

Wide downland views, woodland edge and a stroll through the historic village of Froxfield.

Technical sheet

A Froxfield walk posted on 23/12/21 by Walks from the Door. Last update : 23/12/21
  • Walking
    Activity: Walking
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    Distance: 3.18 km
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    Calculated time: 1h05 
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    Difficulty: Easy

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    Return to departure point: Yes
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    Vertical gain: + 50 m
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    Vertical drop: - 50 m

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    Highest point: 159 m
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    Lowest point: 108 m
  • ⚐
    District: Froxfield 
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    Start/End: N 51.410088° / W 1.564938°

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(S/E) From the front door of the Pelican Inn, cross the A4 (Bath Road) carefully and turn right along the pavement.

(1) Opposite the turning to Little Bedwyn, just in front of the “Welcome to West Berkshire” sign, turn left and climb the steps up the wooded bank.
Climb a stile into an over-grown corner of a field and walk up the hedge to a second stile.
Beyond, follow the edge of the field uphill.

(2) When the hedge bends left, follow the path straight on across the field. At the far side, turn left and follow the track along the edge of Cake Wood, with good views to your left and behind you.

(3) At the end of the wood, by a waymark within sight of the lane ahead, the right of way officially turns right and skirts round a field surrounded by woodland; an unofficial short-cut leads straight on, directly to Littlecote road.
Whichever route you choose, when you reach the lane, turn left (downhill).

(4) Follow the lane for half a mile to reach the A4 next to the Somerset Hospital. Turn right if you wish to explore the village, otherwise turn left to return to the Pelican Inn. (S/E)


  1. S/E : km 0 - alt. 109 m - Pelican Inn
  2. 1 : km 0.66 - alt. 142 m - Stile
  3. 2 : km 1.27 - alt. 151 m - Cake Wood
  4. 3 : km 1.56 - alt. 152 m - Field - Littlecote road
  5. 4 : km 2.61 - alt. 111 m - Somerset Hospital
  6. S/E : km 3.18 - alt. 109 m - Pelican Inn

Useful Information

Two stiles, one moderate climb and some road walking; initial fieldside path may be a little overgrown or muddy.

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The Pelican Inn
Bath Rd,
Froxfield, Marlborough,
Wiltshire SN8 3JY

tel 01488 682479

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The 17th-century Pelican Inn is a well-known landmark in the village of Froxfield, on the A4 between Marlborough and Hunger- ford. It is just 8 miles from junction 14 of the M4.
Following refurbishment, The Pelican is now a contemporary pub with rooms, with a growing reputation since Kirsty took over in November 2012.
This freehouse has a large locals/walkers bar and three cosy restaurant areas, whilst upstairs there are eight comfortable en- suite bedrooms. Outside there is a large garden with stream, duck pond and two car parks. It is in a perfect spot for those enjoying the local countryside, being a 5-minute stroll from the Kennet & Avon Canal (bridge 90 and lock 70). Walkers, fishermen, cyclists, boaters, children and friendly dogs are all welcome.
Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

Always stay careful and alert while following a route. Visorando and the author of this walk cannot be held responsible in the event of an accident during this route.

During the walk or to do/see around

The Somerset Hospital was bequeathed by Sarah, Duchess of Somerset, in 1695. The east (right) wing is original; the west (left) wing was built in 1775. The central gatehouse and courtyard chapel were added in 1813.

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