Upper Woolhampton - Kiff Green - Beenham - Upper Woolhampton

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An undemanding ramble through typical Berkshire countyside takes the walker along quiet country lanes, through woodland and across open farmland. However, if you are in need of a short break, the Six Bells in the lovely village of Beenham is a little over halfway on this circular walk. The Elstree School from where the walk starts was founded over 150 years ago and moved to its present location from Elstree in 1939. The Benedictine Douai Abbey can be seen in the distance at various points of the walk and has a car park and is open to the public.

England - South England - Berkshire - Countryside

Features

Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Great Views, Play Area, Pub, Woodland
11/08/2012 - Amanda Marsden

This is a really good walk with fabulous views and fairly easy to navigate. However I do agree with previous comments regarding the fields with horses in. We are an equestrian family but when we went through we had to deal with 4 thoroughbred yearling colts - so very curious and very boisterous, especially since we had dogs with us (on leads of course). We are very experienced with horses but nonetheless found the experience quite unnerving. Also agree with previous comments on the very narrow stiles and would not recommend climbing over the fences which have electric wire runnning along them!

11/08/2012 - Amanda Marsden

I am unusual in that I have a couple of Mountain dogs and therefore stiles which are wired up are a real problem because they are too big to jump over and there are no gaps for the dogs to squeeze through underneath or to the side. There are at least 3 on this walk. Lifting 50kg of dog x 2 over these is not funny! So if you have elderly or large dogs I would think twice. Young labradors etc are fine, they just fly over them. Aside from this, a really good walk but you really do need to avoid the fields with the horses as mentioned below - see separate comment since this does not just apply to walkers with dogs.

21/12/2008 - Paul Roberson

Just a further comment to add to Andrew Long's regarding the horses in Step 12 (just before the road). My wife and I found today that one of the horses (chestnut) was particularly persistant and impossible to avoid. As a result it took a couple of bites (unprovoked) at her coat and chased us to the stile by the road. I would recommend taking a detour particularly for anyone nervous of horses. Otherwise an excellent walk.

25/08/2008 - Andrew Long

I struggle to see where Paul Matthews got lost - this is one of the most straightforward walks I have taken and it is well signed posted! I am happy to walk the section in question with him to resolve any queries - please feel free to contact me via Walkingworld.

18/08/2008 - Walkingworld Administrator

We would be very grateful for anyone to check this out for us. This walk was checked last month with no problems and the instructions match the map precisely at the point in question. It is possible however, being this time of year, that vegetation has grown up obscuring the fp sign and stile. If anyone could visit the spot and let us know we'd be very grateful. And yes Paul is absolutely right, ALWAYS take a map with you.

17/08/2008 - paul matthews

We walked this on 17 Aug 2008, and got to the end of step 3 where you reach the road. At this point it seems the instructions sheet is incorrect. We retraced our steps and were very confident we had followed the correct instructions up until the road, so it seems the instruction sheet is wrong. I would recommend taking the map also if you are going to do this walk.

29/07/2008 - Walkingworld Administrator

Thanks to Andrew Long for updating this walk, July 2008.

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