Woodland walk with some roads and some moderate hills.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) With your back to the front corner of the Bull, you will be on a cross road. You want to head up School Lane, so cross the high street carefully and then walk slightly uphill along School Lane (using the path on the left side of the road.)
(1) After about 400m turn left onto a road going slightly uphill called Dark Lane. After another 400m, just before you reach the end of Dark Lane, take the path to the right that continues uphill and tracks Wargrave hill road to your left. Follow the road carefully uphill for another 500m until you reach a metal gate on your left marked as the “Wargrave Scout Group Centenary Gate”.
(2) Go through this gate into the field beyond. Follow the wide path diagonally through the field and slightly downhill towards the trees ahead. Then, follow the path as it bends to the right around the back of the trees and keep following until it reaches a small wooden bridge.
(3) Cross this bridge and continue straight on. After about 120m you’ll see a gap in the hedge on your right. Go through this and immediately turn left and continue to follow the path along the edge of the field with trees to your left. Follow this path for around 250m and as you reach the end of the field, and the path bends off to the right, there is a metal gate and a footpath going into the woods straight ahead. Go through this metal gate and immediately the path forks three ways. A footpath going downhill to the left, a bridleway going sharp right and a footpath going straight ahead. Follow the footpath straight ahead at this point out into the open again. After around 40m the path forks again. Left goes back into the woods but you want to go right instead on the footpath. Follow this footpath as it goes into some woodland and then bends to the left after a while, passing a small wooden gate and then over some tree roots. Keep going straight ahead. After about 40m you’ll see a big tree in the middle of the path and immediately after the tree the path ahead forks. The left fork in the path is almost straight ahead and bending off to the left, but you need to go right, through a gap and a small dip that takes you onto the right fork that then heads on up the hill. Follow this path uphill as it leaves the woodland and turns into a gravel track that continues for around 300m until it enters some more trees. Once in the trees, follow the woodland path for another 200m until it reaches a T-junction in the path. Turn right at this T-junction and then after 20m go through the wooden gate ahead and then turn immediately left following the footpath back into the woods. Keep following this path through woodland for 400m until you reach an opening and T-junction in the track.
(4) You have now reached the top of Bowsey Hill. Turn left here and follow the track. You’ll pass a grand house entrance gate to your left and then you need to keep going straight ahead for around 1km (downhill all the way!)
(5) At the bottom of the hill, you will meet a crossroads. Turn left here and follow the quiet lane slightly uphill. After about 200m you will see a gate on your right with a metal footpath sign. Go through gate and then follow this path down the hill with fences either side of you until it emerges out onto a village hall on your left and a road ahead.
(6) Cross this road and take the very narrow footpath straight ahead. Follow this path downhill through fences and then trees until it emerges onto a quiet road.
(7) Turn right and follow the road for around 25m before turning left into some more trees following the metal footpath sign. Follow this path with a wooden fence to your right until it reaches a wooden gate. Go through here and into the field ahead. Walk through the field with trees to your left as it bends to the left and towards more wooden gates. Go through those gates and head uphill under some pretty trees. Keep following until you reach another gate. Go through this gate and continue to follow the track downhill. At the bottom of the hill just after a tree on your left the path turns to the left. Go left here and continue down the gravel track towards the gate ahead.
(8) 10m before the gate turn sharp right onto a footpath and head down past a tree towards another metal gate. Go through that metal gate and then follow the footpath through the field ahead for about 150m until it reaches another gate. Go through that, and into next field, and follow the path ahead that goes around the left side of a field for around 250m.
(9) Go through the next gate, turn right onto the quiet road and after about 10m turn left back onto the footpath. Go straight on again though the field with the field to your left and hedge to your right. Follow this for about 350m through the field until you arrive back at the little wooden bridge that you crossed earlier. Turn right here and follow the path ahead until you reach the Scout gate and then turn right onto the road. Carefully follow this road downhill for 500m until you see Dark Lane on your left. Follow Dark Lane downhill for 400m and then turn right at the T junction onto school lane. Follow School Lane all the way back to the Bull on the crossroads.(D/A)
D/A : km 0 - alt. 39m - The Bull Hotel
1 : km 0.38 - alt. 50m - School Lane
2 : km 1.24 - alt. 64m - Gate
3 : km 1.77 - alt. 69m - Bridge
4 : km 3.23 - alt. 146m - The Wokingham Way
5 : km 4.27 - alt. 99m - Hatch Gate Lane
6 : km 4.78 - alt. 95m - Crazies Hill
7 : km 5.23 - alt. 90m - Wooden fence
8 : km 5.88 - alt. 90m - Gate
9 : km 6.33 - alt. 73m - Gate
D/A : km 8.39 - alt. 39m - The Bull Hotel
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Wargrave is a large and historic village nestled on the banks of the River Thames and along the confluence of the River Loddon. It’s name is derived from ‘Weir-Grove’ and the first documented evidence of the settlement was recorded back in 1061.
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