Walk 405 - Turkey Walk with a Twist
Fourteen walkers including the leaders, Ann and Kathy, attended the Turkey walk with a twist on Sunday 10th November. Two people were new to walking with the BWWs.
This walk was a shorter version of our original turkey walk, although not as short as we had advertised. When plotting this new version, it was 9.2 miles, but because of some accidental variations to the walk, it was a bit longer than planned. We apologise if the longer walk inconvenienced anyone.
We left Pinkney's Drive car park to walk through the woods to pick up the main path heading left and skirting Robin Hoods Arbour, passing through Stubbings Farm on the way to Burchetts Green. We took a footpath to the left which took us past the engineering works. Then we followed the designated footpath over the field through the Berkshire College of Agriculture (BCA) past Hall Place to see the Emus and Wallabys. Unfortunately there was no sign of the wild cats and red squirrels.
Taking the path over the field up into to High Wood, we turned right onto a permitted path which lead around Black Horse Lodge. Unfortunately we took a wrong turning and ended back at BCA. Thank you to Laurence, who knew an alternative path that would avoid doing the loop again, we picked up our route at Spleen Hill. Walking through Temple Golf course we kept left, skirting the road continuing into Bradnam woods where we decided to have our picnic lunch stop.
We followed footpaths through Inkydown, Fulness and Quarry woods arriving at the star event, the Copas Turkey Farm, and the turkeys did not fail to amuse us. We continued our walk through Cookham and Bigrith common, passing through a residential area, we then walked over Cookham Dean common, skirting Winter Hill road, before picking up the Chiltern Way taking us though Pinkney's Green to the Golden Ball pub.
We decided not to stop at the pub as we thought the light would be fading after a pub stop, so we made our way back to Pinkney's drive car park.
Thank you to Ann and Kathy for leading the walk and writing it up.