Hermitage - Oare - Box Wood - Fence Wood
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Starting from the village hall, the walk heads up Doctors Lane and into the countryside before disappearing into Roebuck Wood. The route then takes the walker into the hamlet of Oare past the Chapel of St Bartholomew, dating from 1852. There was a priory here until the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry VIII. All that is left is a wall and the pond.
From here, the walk heads through open fields before reaching the village of Little Hungerford. Turning up Chapel Lane, the walk crosses the railway trackbed before passing D H Lawrence's pretty cottage. After crossing the main road, the route re-enters the wood and a section of 'destroyed' footpath. Turning left at the next junction, the walk heads north out of the wood and there then follows a 'noisy' stretch next to the M4. The views of the rolling hills are good.
Heading south away from the M4, there are more great views before the walk heads westwards past Brockhurst School and a large house with an industrial-sized chimney.
The final section of the route takes the walker through Fence Wood on the Fence Lane path. There is a gradual climb but nothing to be concerned about. The return to Hermitage does involve a little road-walking, but there is a verge and the road is straight and not that busy.
England - South England - Berkshire - Thames Valley
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