The Badgers Wood Baughurst (4.0m)

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About ten miles from Newbury. Take the A339 towards Basingstoke, and turn L at Headley for Ashford Hill. At the end of this road, turn L at the T junction and follow the road past the Ship , uphill and past the Pineapple, then turn R for 1 mile to reach the Badgers Wood.
A fairly cosy pub that provides excellent and very reasonably priced meals and bar snacks. Good draught beers.

Leave the pub towards the village, cross over to Heath End Road, then bear R into Bishopswood Road. In 250 yds, turn R onto a lane with a fairly ancient FP sign (like several on this walk).This soon becomes a FP, which follow for about 600 yds till it comes out on a road. Turn L for 200 yds, then R to a marked FP by a former chapel. In about 100 yds turn L onto another marked FP, which follow through a gate to another gate near a red brick house where the path goes R down a tree-lined path. Follow this between wood-fenced paddocks round several bends through a further gate and over a decrepit stile till in about 600 yds it comes out on a metalled lane. Cross this and take the metalled bridleway opposite which degenerates in 400 yds to a track.Where this bends R, turn L through a gate towards a field and follow the rather hummocky path through a wood to the R hand side of a barbed wire fence until a gate into a lane. Turn R, and R again at a FP sign through a farm gate. The path is first grassy, then wooded, with a stream to the L. Cross a wooden footbridge, the follow along the L hand side of a paddock, through a gate, and then the R hand side of a field till it rises to join the drive of Little Ham Farm. Follow this L to the road, turn R then L up another bridleway. In 150 yds, cross the (broken) stile and follow along the side of the racehorse gallop, veer slightly left and enter the wood at a FP marker. Take the path to the R, and follow this for some 300 yds till it drops to a concrete slab footbridge. Cross this, then take the boardwalk to the R and follow up the hill past a larchlap fence on the R to a road. Turn R then L and follow the track uphill for 400 yds till it meets a road. Turn R for 300 yds to reach the pub.

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