Berkshire pub walk - Littlewick Green and Burchetts Green
PUBLISHED: 09:48 26 May 2015 | UPDATED: 09:48 26 May 2015
Follow Steve Davison as he takes a walk through Littlewick Green and Burchetts Green just to the west of Maidenhead, passing four pubs along the way!
Littlewick Green & Burchetts Green
• OS Grid Reference: SU838801 and SU839812
• Parishes: Littlewick Green, split between White Waltham and Hurley; Burchetts Green, split between Hurley and Bisham
• Most famous for: Ivor Novello, Redroofs Theatre School
• Landmarks: Hall Place, The Cricketers, The Dew Drop Inn
• Start/finish: Littlewick Green – limited parking along Jubilee Road just off the A4; grid ref SU839801
• Map: OS Explorer 172
• Distance: 5 miles (8.2km)
• Terrain: gates, ups and downs, paths, tracks, lanes and roads
• Time: 2.5 hours (excluding stops)
• Refreshments: Littlewick Green – The Cricketers (01628 822888); Knowl Hill – The Novello (01628 825753); The Dew Drop Inn (01628 315662); Burchetts Green – The Crown (01628 824079)
For this month’s walk we are off to Littlewick Green. Here, picturesque cottages and a pub – The Cricketers – huddle round the large village green and cricket ground, a setting that has been used as a backdrop for TV dramas such as Midsomer Murders. At the southern end of the green is the Redroofs Theatre School with its blue plaque commemorating the prolific playwright Ivor Novello (1893-1951) who lived here for many years. Whilst passing the village hall and cricket pavilion, lookout for the quote on the sundial: ‘tis mine the passing hours to tell, tis thine to use them ill or well’.
After leaving Littlewick Green the walk heads through fields before passing The Novello pub and crossing the A4 to head northwards over the wooded Ashley Hill; the fields round here were, until 2004, home to the once well-known Knowl Hill Steam Rally. Once over Ashley Hill the route passes The Dew Drop Inn, housed in a lovely brick and flint building dating back to the 1600’s, before heading through High Wood.
Take time to admire the view to the north across the Thames Valley and the Chilterns before heading southwards to pass the imposing red-brick Hall Place. Now part of the Berkshire College of Agriculture, Hall Place was built in 1728 by William East, a wealthy London lawyer. The final part of the walk heads through picturesque Burchetts Green, home to the fourth pub on the walk – The Crown. Keep a lookout for the unusual white weather-boarded dovecote before following Green Lane to re-cross the A4 and arrive back at Littlewick Green.
1 (SU839801) – From Jubilee Road walk along the northern edge of the green, passing the village hall and cricket pavilion to a lane (Coronation Road) and turn right; 100m to the left is The Cricketers. Follow the lane for 30m towards the A4 and turn left just before ‘Moonik’ and follow the enclosed path between the houses to enter a field. Continue along the right-hand margin. Cross a track and keep ahead past trees to another field. Go straight on across the field running parallel with the A4 and leave through a kissing gate. Continue through the car park at The Novello pub and carefully cross the A4 at the traffic island. Head through the trees, go through a kissing gate and continue across the field to a path junction mid-field. Turn right (north) and leave through a gate at the corner.
2 (SU825802) – Bear diagonally left across the track to a fingerpost and go through the kissing gate. Here the path splits, take the right-hand fork following the right-hand field edge northwards to the trees. Dogleg right into the adjacent field and continue, now following the field boundary on the left uphill to the corner. Go through the kissing gate and follow the path up through Ashley Hill Forest; ignoring a path on the left to reach a house at the top. Go straight on to the track and bear left downhill to a track at the bottom of the slope. Turn right to a tarmac lane with The Dew Drop Inn on the left. Continue straight on along the lane, keeping ahead at the junction and, just before the houses on the left, turn left through a kissing gate into a field.
3 (SU827814) – Follow the right-hand boundary for 300m, ignoring a stile on the right. Go through kissing gates either side of the trees and continue across the field. Exit through another gate, head diagonally right across the driveway and continue, with trees on the left, following a wide grassy strip towards High Wood. Go through the kissing gate and keep ahead through the trees to the far side. Do not go through the kissing gate but turn right between the fence (left) and trees (right), taking time to admire the view. Soon bear right at a marker post back through the trees and continue along the wide grassy strip down past a dip. Continue uphill and head along the track passing buildings (left); keep a lookout for the yellow arrows. Soon fork left alongside a building on the right and then turn right along the surfaced drive past a car park to draw level with Hall Place on the right.
4 (SU834818) – Turn left along the driveway for 75m (heading away from Hall Place) and then fork right to follow a path south-east across the field. Go through a kissing gate and continue along the enclosed path, then follow the driveway ahead to a crossroads beside the green at Burchetts Green with The Crown opposite. Go straight over and follow Burchetts Green Lane for 450m. Once level with Old Oak Farm, fork right along a narrow path and then continue straight on along the lane – Green Lane – to reach the A4. With care, cross over at the traffic island and follow Jubilee Road opposite back to the start at Littlewick Green.
To find out more about Steve, including information on his walking books, visit: www.steve-davison.co.uk
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