Berkshire walk around Waltham St Lawrence, Shottersbrooke and White Waltham
PUBLISHED: 15:48 23 July 2018 | UPDATED: 15:48 23 July 2018
This month we head off for an easy walk which takes us through three villages and picturesque scenery
Our walk starts at Waltham St Lawrence, home to St Lawrence’s Church and the Bell pub. The church has Norman origins and the timber-framed 14th century pub is a great example of a Wealden hall-house and was given to the village in 1608 by Ralph Newbery, one time Master of the Royal Printing House of Queen Elizabeth I.
We head east to arrive at Shottersbrooke. Sir William Trussell was responsible for the building of the 14th century Church of St John the Baptist. Nearby is the Tudor manor house of Shottesbrooke Park.
Then it’s east to reach White Waltham, just north of which is the White Waltham Airfield. The de Havilland family bought the land in 1928 and opened the de Havilland School of Flying. The airfield is now the home of the West London Aero Club.
We pass close to the early 17th century Waltham Place, there has been a manor house on this site for the last thousand years, housing many owners including Turold, designer of the Bayeaux Tapestry. For opening times of the gardens, tearoom and farm shop visit walthamplace.com.
From here we head west back to Shottesbrooke.
• Start/finish point: parking area near the church in Waltham St Lawrence (SU829769)
• Map: OS Explorer 160
• Time: 2.5 hours without stops
• Terrain: fairly level, tracks and paths, gates and stiles, sections of road/pavement
• Distance: 5.5 miles (8.9km)
1 (SU829769) – From the church follow the road south past the Bell pub and after 300m, just before the brick wall on the left, turn left through a gate. Continue past the allotments, then through the trees and a gate. Bear left, following the fence on the right to a gate. Continue through the trees and then head north-east across the field, aiming just left of the houses. Cross the lane and stile and continue across the field, staying near the right-hand side. Near the far right corner, cross the stile and continue, now following the left-hand field edge. Go through the trees and pass a brick arch to reach the church at Shottesbrooke.
2 (SU841771) – Keep ahead, cross the drive, pass to the left of the pond and continue to a stile. Continue through the trees, then along the enclosed path to the cricket ground at White Waltham. Fork left to the war memorial on Butchers Lane beside a road junction. Go straight on along the road (pavement) towards Maidenhead for 600m to a junction. Turn right (Paley Street and Windsor) and shortly enter the churchyard on the left. Keep right of the church, exit the churchyard and follow the pavement ahead for 250m.
3 (SU854772) – Just after the first gated entrance on the left (Waltham Place), turn right across the road, through a gate and follow the left-hand field edge. Continue down through the next field, staying close to the right-hand side to a gate. Keep ahead through the housing estate (Walgrove Gardens), crossing the green and go along the estate road to a T-junction. Cross straight over and through a gate. Stay left of the clubhouse and follow the left edge of the cricket ground to the path junction passed earlier. Turn left and retrace the route back to the drive just after the pond and before the church. Turn left and at the entrance on the right (The Landmark), leave the drive as it curves left and follow the restricted byway straight on, passing a stile and gate to the B3024.
4 (SU842767) – Turn right for 15m and then left across the road and follow the track past a house. Go through the gate and head south-west across the field to the far left corner. Cross the stile to join a bridleway. Keep left (straight on) for just under three quarters of a mile. Turn right along the lane for 25m then left to a T-junction and cross straight over (bridge on left). Continue alongside the stream (left) and keep ahead. Go through a gate and follow the fence on the right passing through two gates. Go straight on across the field, then through a gate and continue along the enclosed route to a road.
5 (SU826757) – Turn right along the pavement for 350m, and just after the slight right-hand bend, turn left across the road and go through a gate into a field. Continue through the field, aiming just left of houses, and go through gates either side of the B3024. Keep ahead to a path junction, go through a gate and follow the right-hand field edge as it soon swings right. At the signpost, turn left across the field to a path junction. Turn right (house on left) and continue along the estate road (Neville Close) to a T-junction, with the 16th century Neville Hall opposite. Turn right, then left back to the church.
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