The Furze Bush, Ball Hill (4.0m)

Pub-website RG20 0NQ SU 424632
About four miles from Newbury. Take the A343 Andover Road, turn right just after leaving the town boundary, pass The Woodpecker, and keep straight on for two miles.
A busy pub cum restaurant that serves decent bar meals while the restaurant is also available. No sandwiches any longer, but you can probably find something light in the starters menu. At least three proper draught beers on tap.

Walk about 100yds towards Newbury and turn R onto a FP that seems to go through a private garden. The first stile is very awkward, but the adjacent automatic gate responds to pressure. The FP bears slightly R and joins the drive to a stud, but follow SO to meet a road. Turn R and in 100yds L down a track that makes a circuit of a rather derelict farm, then take the FP on the far side of the buildings. This goes slightly uphill over fields, then drops down to join a road by the East Woodhay Village Hall. Turn L, take the R fork, and in 150yds go R over a stile onto the FP that bears to the L over the field past the back of Rectory Farm to join a green lane that comes out on the road by the side of the drive to the Old Rectory. Go R for 200yds, the R again onto a FP by the side of an impressive wall. Follow the FP down into the dip and up the other side to a gate and stile onto the road. Cross this and take the FP to Hayes Farm, where turn R onto the kinked track that joins a metalled lane in 500yds. Go R and L for 400yds till this lane meets another at a T junction, then L to find the FP on the other side. Follow this through a thick hedge to the R, then downhill to cross a stream and in 200yds bear L and L again at the next stile. Go SO on this field path till it reaches a metalled lane, and go SO to the T junction with Ball Hill Road, where turn R for the pub.
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