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Posted:  Thursday 19 October 2017

A walk on Burghfield Common for
South East Associates

- Thursday 24th August -

On a sunny August day fourteen Associates and partners got together near Reading to enjoy a pleasant four-mile walk around the heathland and pine-forest countryside which is dotted with ponds and criss-crossed by streams typical of the Berkshire and Hampshire borders.

Starting on the historic ‘Fairground and Grazing Area’ on Mortimer Common we rambled through the Englefield Estate enjoying extensive views of farmland and forest which covers some 14,000 acres which was extensively felled during WW1 by Canadian lumberjacks to help with supplies.

When walking alongside several fields of sweetcorn plants that towered over the group there were no sightings of the 'Jolly Green Giant'!

Soon Wokefield Park, the elegant Georgian mansion-house pictured below, came into view revealing its modern use as a huge conferencing and golfing complex.

After crossing footbridges and seeing small ponds we entered woodland with its maze of footpaths before linking up again with yet more ponds and streams before finally returning to Mortimer Common in good time for lunch.

After retiring to the Elm Tree for a hearty lunch some of the party made their way to enjoy a guided tour of Stratfield Saye House, the elegant and intimate home of the Dukes of Wellington since 1817.  

Bob Young

(fd  15/10/2017)

(ph  19/10/2017)

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