An easy walk over fairly even terrain. Stoke Row – Wyfold Court – Stoke Row.
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 car park of the Cherry Tree pub turn right and walk for around 50m and turn left into Busgrove Lane. Continue down the lane for about 400m until just before the end of the 30mph zone.
(1) Turn left onto a footpath marked with a yellow arrow and Common Wood Woodland Trust sign. Continue straight ahead following the white arrows through the woods until just before reaching the Stoke Row road where you take a path leading off to the right. Follow the way marked path as it meanders through the wood until a bridleway (blue arrow) is reached where you turn to the right.
(2) Follow this bridleway straight ahead, cross Neal’s Lane and walk past Neal’s Farm on the left until a split of paths is reached just beyond the farm buildings. Take the bridleway to the left and continue on until you reach the private road running through the Wyfold Estate. At this point you will see Wyfold Court to the right, one of the few places from where it can be seen from a public right of way. The house has been converted into upmarket flats, but it retains its elegant exterior. Turn left onto the private road. Stay on this road for 350m continuing past the turning for Hazel Grove until you reach a bridleway, turn left on to the bridleway towards Kingwood. After a short walk you will reach the main road between Stoke Row and Sonning Common. Cross over the road and take the bridleway opposite; after a short distance you will reach a tarmac drive.
(3) Turn left and walk along the drive for about 150m when the bridleway bears right away from the drive past a 7 barred gate. Follow the bridleway through a wood for about 200m then bear right on a footpath just before a waymark post. Follow the footpath, on a slight downhill gradient, until you come to an intersection of bridleways, footpaths and the end of the metalled section of a lane (Colmore Lane).
(4) Cross over the lane and take the Forestry Commission track opposite into Greyhone Wood (note this track is to the left of the Forestry Commission sign and a continuation of Colmore Lane). Follow this track for another 600m, the last section is downhill, until you reach a public road with a large cottage called the Old Place on the right. Cross over the road, with care, then turn left and walk along the road until you reach a four way junction.
(5) Follow the road round to the left and walk uphill along the road for about 100m then bear right on a footpath adjacent to a driveway. Follow the footpath uphill until you meet a bridleway; turn right here and continue on for a short distance then turn left through a gap in the hedge into a recreation ground. (Note if you reach a lane you will have missed the turning, you can either retrace your steps, or turn left on the lane and walk up hill to the centre of Stoke Row.) Cross the recreation ground walking uphill towards the cricket pavilion, when you reach the car park you will see a finger post on the left of the access drive to the car park.
(6) Take this footpath and continue a short distance, past some tennis courts, where you will emerge between two houses on to a bend in a side road. Cross the road to the small green opposite and walk diagonally right across the green to the furthest corner. At the road junction with Newlands Lane cross the lane and continue to walk in same direction along the main road for a few metres to the Cherry Tree Inn.(D/A)
D/A : km 0 - alt. 170m - The Cherry Tree Inn
1 : km 0.4 - alt. 174m - Footpath
2 : km 1.3 - alt. 165m - Neal’s Lane
3 : km 2.6 - alt. 138m - Bridleway
4 : km 3.34 - alt. 137m - Colmore Lane
5 : km 4.32 - alt. 120m - Road
6 : km 5.25 - alt. 163m - Footpath
D/A : km 5.69 - alt. 170m - The Cherry Tree Inn
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The Maharaja’s Well in Stoke Row is an attractive Indianstyle well and a cherry orchard. The 365 feet deep well was dug entirely by hand in the 19th Century, paid for by the Maharajah of Benares due to his friendship with a prominent local landowner, Mr Edward Anderdon Reade. Mr Reade was Governor of the Northwest Provinces of India and during his time as Governor presented a well to the people of India. There was an absence of available water in the Stoke Row area, and the Maharajah generously reciprocated the gesture to demonstrate his feelings for England and as a token of friendship with Mr Reade. As well as paying for the well, the Maharajah also paid for the adjacent Warden’s cottage and cherry orchard, which provided a modest income for the upkeep of the well. The well has recently been restored and is open to the public.
A book by Angela Spencer-Harper is the story of “The Old Place” and its environs in the Chiltern Hills, it was the home of the author for many years. The book is a ‘factional’ history of the cottage and the surrounding area but it is unusual in that it starts in the future and then through a clever literary device, immediately reverts to the Mesolithic Age. It proceeds from there to the Beaker Folk, the Celts, Romans, and Anglo-Saxons before continuing with the Normans, Black Death, Civil War and Georgian periods. From this point on it tells of Victorian and more modern times, until it reaches the present day, when the partly autobiographical link with the first chapter becomes clear. Although it begins fictionally in 2068, much research has gone into known facts about the area and these, together with imaginative and captivating stories, have been skilfully woven by the author into a fascinating historical novel with an interesting difference.
Global average : 4.33/5
Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 5/5
Routemap quality : 4/5
Walk interest : 4/5
Global average : 4.33 / 5
Date of walk
Description quality : Very good
Easiness to follow the route : Good
Walk interest : Good
A very enjoyable winter walk mainly through woodland - the trees provided shelter from the wind. It would also be good on a hot summer’s day as they would give shade. Excellent lunch at the Cherry Tree Inn afterwards!
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