From the White Hart take the
driveway up past the Dogs' Trust kennels atPlumbs Farm.
Pass the kennels on the left, after which there is a
footpath crossroads. Take the route straight ahead,
which leads you over a stile and uphill across a field
towards woodland. Here you are at one of the highest
points of the village (400ft), and you have a good
overall view of the houses distributed along the
Kintbury Road. The distinctive triangle of Morewood's
roof can be seen further north.
Briffs Copse to Smiths Bridge:
nearly 1 mile
Cross the stile into Briffs Copse
and follow the path which eventually takes you out
across a field towards another copse (you are now in
West Woodhay parish). Instead of joining the track it
is about to meet, the path makes a 90-degree turn to
the left past Waterman's Farm and then dog-legs past
more woodland on the left to meet Watery Lane at Smiths
Bridge, which marks the border with Hampshire.
Watery Lane to the White Hart: 2 miles
Turn left into Watery Lane and pass
the newly settled farms of Foxlee and Enborne Valley on
The lane rises and then drops to
Holtwood Farm (thought to be one of the oldest houses
in the village) on the left, with its redeveloped barns
to the right. Another slight rise meets Holtwood Lane.
Turn left into Holtwood Lane, and (ignoring another
left turning almost immediately) continue fro a few
hundred yards until the footpath sign points off to the
Take this route, crossing the
corner of one field, and turning right to cross the
width of another. At this point there is a stile whose
approach is sometimes overgrown with brambles. Having
negotiated this you are back on Elm Farm land, crossing
three fields and eventually entering Mayhouse Gully.
Winding through the damp woodland here, the path
emerges into another field, at the far fence of which
the footpath forks. Take the right hand option leading
onto a short trackway which runs onto the Kintbury
road. The White Hart is about 100 yards to the left.
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