Explore dense woodland and pass the former home of a famous British
novelist on this spectacular walk near Newbury.
Distance 6 miles (9.7km) : Minimum time 2hrs 45min : Ascent/gradient 320ft (98m)
: Level of difficulty Medium : Paths Field and woodland paths and tracks, some road, 4 stiles
: Landscape Extensive woodland with areas of open farmland : Suggested map aqua3 OS Explorer 158 Newbury & Hungerford
: Start/finish SU 505730 : Dog friendliness Under control in woods and on lead near livestock
: Parking Limited parking in Hermitage : Public toilets None on route
1 From the village hall in Hermitage turn right, then right again into Doctors Lane. Cross a stile by a private road sign and head across the field to the next stile. Pass beneath power lines and make for a stile in the boundary of the woodland ahead of you. Follow the footpath through the trees as far as a cottage. Turn left when you reach the track and veer right after about 60yds (55m) at the public footpath sign. Drop down through the woodland to a lane and keep to the right. Walk along the lane to the hamlet of Oare and turn right by a small pond.
2 Head towards the buildings of Little Hungerford, cross a stile and turn right at the road. Bear left into Chapel Lane and follow the road round the right-hand bend. Pass Pond Lane and D H Lawrence's former home on the corner as you head for the next road junction. Chapel Farm Cottage is clearly identified - its front entrance is in Pond Lane and its rear garden backs on to Chapel Lane. Turn left and walk along to a public footpath sign on the right. Follow the track deep into Box Wood and eventually reach a junction.
3 Bear right here and follow the track through the trees to the next road. Cross over by a bungalow and continue on the next section of track. Turn right at the next road and walk along to the turning for Boar's Hole Farm on the left. Follow the track to the farm and continue south to a left-hand bend. Go through the gate on the right and make for a gate and house in the field corner. Keep to the right of the house and turn right at a track bend, passing through a galvanised metal gate.
4 Follow the woodland track and keep right at the fork. Cross a stream and pass a left turning. Take the next left path by a stream and pass over a staggered junction. Turn right by the pond, then first left, cutting through the trees. Swing right at the next junction and follow the track as it runs up by a seat. Keep left at the junction and make for the road by a cottage. Opposite are the earthworks of Grimsbury Castle. Turn right and walk along to the road junction. Bear left and return to Hermitage.
For more information visit the aa website click here An additional leaflet on the Walk on the Far East of Hermitage Parish - Click Here