Pete's Walks - Maidensgrove, Nuffield, Shepherd's Green (page 1 of 6)

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Google map of the walk

I did this circular walk of roughly 14.8 miles on Saturday, 8th December 2018. It was a repeat of a walk I did in August 2017 but this time I walked it in the opposite (anti-clockwise) direction. There were a few paths that I would be walking in this direction for the first time.

I parked beside the lane that crosses Maidensgrove Common (Grid Reference SU 718886), and started walking about 9.45am (I'd manage to leave home about 30 minutes earlier than usual as I was slightly concerned about finishing the walk before it got dark). I walked beside the lane to where it turned right towards Russell's Water (so I had the larger part of the common on my right), and continued beside the lane along the edge of the common before joining the lane just before reaching a property on the right. I soon passed the Five Horseshoes pub on my left, and after another hundred yards or so I took a footpath on the left (at the end of a wooden fence). The path ran between hedges and fences, descending gently, then at the end of a field on my left it went down a few 'steps' and turned right between bushes. It soon turned left, and now dropped downhill very steeply into a valley.

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The path beside the lane along the edge of Maidensgrove Common

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View across Maidensgrove Common

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View left from the lane alongside Maidensgrove Common

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The Five Horseshoes pub at Maidensgrove Common

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The path descending from near the Five Horsehoes

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The path descending from near the Five Horsehoes

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The path descending from near the Five Horsehoes

In the valley bottom I turned right along a bridleway, that I'd be following for about a mile to Cookley Green. It ran between bushes or hedgerows along the valley bottom, heading roughly northwest and almost imperceptibly rising uphill. I went straight on where another bridleway went left, and again straight on shortly afterwards where another bridleway went right, uphill to Russell's Water.

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The bridleway to Cookley Green, after I turned right in the valley bottom

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The bridleway to Cookley Green

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The bridleway to Cookley Green - this is at a junction where another bridleway goes right, up to Russell's Water

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The bridleway to Cookley Green

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The bridleway to Cookley Green

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The bridleway as it reaches Cookley Green

On eventually reaching Cookley Green, I crossed a road and continued along the right edge of the village green, then continued straight on down a lane, passing a cricket pitch on my right. A few yards past where a bridleway went left, along the edge of Church Wood, I took a footpath that went half-left through that wood. After four or five hundred yards, just after a permissive path went left along a track, I turned left along a footpath. It wasn't long before this merged with the track I'd just seen. I then soon passed a staggered crossroads of paths, and then crossed a small gap between Church Wood and Haycroft Wood where there was a view to my right over Swyncombe.

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The green at Cookley Green

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The lane out of Cookley Green

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The path through Church Wood

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The footpath after I turned left in Church Wood

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The path after it merges with a track