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The Three Castles Path Section 2 - Crowthorne to Winchfield

  • Dec 7, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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The Three Castles Path

This is a long-distance path of 60 miles, which will tide us over from November until early 2014.

Section 2 – 12.5 miles

The end time given for this event is the approximate time of arrival in Winchfield at the end of the hike.

Please read the Three Golden Rules of Joined Up Hiking.

Are you OK with those? All right, then you may continue...

From Crowthorne station we get back to the crossing over the railway line and then we are soon into the Moor Green Lakes Nature Reserve. We wind our way between the lakes and on to the pub for lunch. In the afternoon the landscape becomes more forested and undulating as we cross Warren Heath and continue southward to the village of Winchfield, which boasts the two pre-requisites of a railway station and a pub.

This is for fast walkers only. We walk at 3mph + the whole way, even through the mud.

IMPORTANT RULES for Lunch in the Pub !!

On this occasion you must adhere strictly to these rules, in addition to the Golden Rules above.

1. We will enter the pub by the side rather than the front entrance. If our boots are muddy we must remove them or put plastic covers over them. I will bring a supply of plastic covers.

2. You MUST NOT consume any of your own food or drink either inside the pub or on the benches outside or anywhere that belongs to the pub.

3. You must bring cash to pay for your lunch and drink.

There is a £2 charge payable to the organizer on the day.

Some general recommendations and tips.

Full Itinerary with Estimated Timings

Meet Up: Arrive between 8:50 and 9:15 am at Waterloo Station, by the railway ticket office. I will be wearing the floppy hat and moustache for recognition. I will get you into groups of 4 for buying tickets.

Buy Ticket: For the cheapest total fare you need to get three tickets, as follows:

Return from London to Farnborough. Price £15.70, down to £7.85 in a group of 4.

Single from Farnborough North to Crowthorne. Price £3.30, down to £1.65 in a group of 4.

Single from Winchfield to Farnborough. Price £3.80, down to £1.90 in a group of 4.

The total return travel cost is £22.80, down to £11.40 in a group of 4.

Outward Travel: 9:30 a.m. train from Waterloo Station platform 12 to Guildford, arriving at 10:03 a.m. Change to platform 8 for the 10:09 train to Crowthorne, arriving at 10:38

Note that we have only 6 minutes at Guildford to get to the other platform for the connecting train.

Meet for Start of Hike: From 10:40 to 10:45 a.m. at Crowthorne Station.

Part 1: 6 miles. 1 hour 55 minutes.

Lunch Stop: We will have lunch in a pub. The main courses are a bit pricey at £12 upwards but there are also a range of filled baguettes from £6.25 which may be a better option as we cannot stay for more than an hour and a quarter.

Part 2: 6.5 miles. 2 hours 20 minutes.

Post-Hike Refreshment: There is a pub right near the station in Winchfield.

End of Hike: We aim to arrive in Winchfield by 16:10 just before darkness falls.

Return Travel: There are trains every half hour from platform 1 to London Waterloo. The earliest we may be able to get is the 16:05.

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  • Christopher

    Priority Invitation for Three Castles Path hikers. Section 4 is now scheduled and RSVPs are open.

    January 23, 2014

  • Christopher

    A nice group of people to end the year's hiking with. Sorry it turned into the hunger walk!

    3 · December 7, 2013

    • Patricia

      the improvised lunch was really fun, weather fantastic and was nice share biscuits and nuts. :-)

      December 8, 2013

  • Ruth-e

    Thanks Christopher - I had such a nice walk

    December 8, 2013

  • Patricia

    The best hiking meetup group and Christopher the best organizer

    December 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Merry Christmas to all our readers!

    December 7, 2013

  • Ilaria

    Another pleasant hike! Merry Christmas to all of you and looking forward to more long hikes next year.

    1 · December 7, 2013

  • iain

    Evening Chris, apologies for late change in RSVP,urgent matters to attend to tomorrow.

    December 6, 2013

  • Alcina

    Sorry to say that i am not able to join you...not yet recovered from a terrible cold and cough. Enjoy the hike!

    December 5, 2013

    • Christopher

      That was me 2 weeks ago. A shame, get well soon.

      December 5, 2013

  • Patricia

    Now on my own my boyfriend abandoned me to go to a gig with his pal. Typical

    December 3, 2013

    • Patricia

      I meant I'm gonna to the hike on my own. Just in case there are people in waiting list or so....

      December 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ah, I see. I read it as you saying you were on your own last night. Oops!

      1 · December 4, 2013

  • Nicholas

    I did this route in the summer and enjoyed it, so I might join you ar Crowthorne.

    December 3, 2013

  • Marwa

    Can i get on the waiting list?

    December 2, 2013

  • cinzia

    I ll be in Paris :( :(

    1 · November 27, 2013

  • Patricia

    I swear I'll come this time whatever the weather

    November 12, 2013

  • Helena

    Damn, was hoping for a Sunday walk - can't make this as I'm already committed on the Saturday. Have a good one!

    November 11, 2013

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