Easy walking through village streets, commons, woodlands and fields with a few short uphill stretches.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) With your back to the pub turn left then walk along Blounts Court Road, pass Churchill Crescent, and after another 80m take the narrow hedge lined footpath between two houses on the left hand side of the road.
(1) Where the footpath ends at a public road (Peppard Road) cross over the road and walk up towards the entrance to St Michaels Catholic Church. Continue up the slope keeping to the right of the church and take another footpath that links with Sedgefield Close. Walk along Sedgefield Close and after a right hand bend, turn left in Newfield Road and carry on until you reach Woodlands Road.
(2) Turn right and walk along Woodlands Road until you reach a cul-de-sac, then continue on in same direction into the woods. Walk a few metres along the footpath with a wire fence on the left. At the end of the fence there is a waymark post, carry straight ahead for a few more metres and at the second waymark post bear right. Stay on this footpath (ignoring the path off to the right at the third waymark post) heading in a northerly direction for about 300m after which you will emerge from the woods, a little further on you will reach a public road (Shiplake Bottom), cross the road and take the footpath almost opposite. Note the path is very narrow and the finger post is almost hidden by a hedge. Continue along the footpath until it emerges at the intersection between Stoke Row Rd and Gallowstree Road.
(3) Cross over Stoke Row Road and then Gallowstree Road walk past the fourway road sign and pick up a footpath that leads through some bushes to Peppard Common. Carry straight on following the same footpath across the Common until you reach a track, turn right along the track for about 150m then bear right off the track on to a footpath that takes a windy route downhill. Keep to the same path and bear left when other paths come in from the right then walk up to a minor road (Colliers Lane). Turn right and walk along the lane then up a steep but short stretch of road and just as the slope lessens turn left into another lane. Follow this lane for about 500m and on the left you will see a large brick house called Peppard Cottage. Continue on past the Red Lion Pub (where you might like to slake your thirst) and on to the main road (B481).
(4) Cross the main road, turn right and then immediately bear left into a lane, then follow this lane past the Peppard Primary school and continue on until you reach All Saints Church.
(5) Turn right on to a footpath opposite the church and walk along this footpath with a field and a horse paddock on the left and gardens on the right. Go through a metal kissing gate and follow the footpath downhill in the same direction into a little valley when you reach the bottom continue in same direction uphill through a wooded section past Sedgehill Spring on the right. At the top of the hill the footpath leaves the wood and continues through a field, stay of the footpath until you reach a public road (Blounts Court Road). Turn left and continue along the road until you reach the Butchers Arms.(D/A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 315ft - The Butchers Arms
1 : mi 0.31 - alt. 299ft - Peppard Road
2 : mi 0.54 - alt. 325ft - Woodlands Road
3 : mi 1.03 - alt. 344ft - Stoke Row Road
4 : mi 1.74 - alt. 341ft - B481
5 : mi 2.12 - alt. 325ft - All Saints Church
D/A : mi 2.79 - alt. 315ft - The Butchers Arms
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Peppard Cottage was used as the setting for the Oscar winning film Howards End starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson.
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