Last week, during the week we went Walking at Buckler’s Forest, Crowthorne. The walk is adjacent to a new housing estate, Buckler’s Park which is still being built and covers 100 acres of forest, grasslands, heathland and ponds. The site was once the former Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) and on your walk you may see some existing features of the research site including the fire tower. The area to walk in felt vast with all the ponds and tall forest trees.
There are a number of different set paths you could take and from the car park there were information boards about the different walks and estimated walk times.
The paths were flat and buggy friendly and well maintained. The walk is also dog friendly. When we went walking at Buckler’s Forest, Crowthorne we found that the paths were wide enough to social distance, there were quite a few people walking and running but I suspect it could be a lot busier at weekends.
We found the site really interesting to walk at for a number of reasons.
- There were lots of ponds with viewing platforms which was great for children to keep their interest throughout the walk (obviously be aware of water safety!)
- We loved looking at and talking about the Fire Tower.
- We could walk easily with an off road buggy.
- When we went there were some great muddy puddles.
- There are green nature and education boxes around the paths which were fun information.
- We found some log pile steps to explore.
- The trees made the site look awesome.
- We saw a deer.
- We watched the diggers on the building site.
Where to park and the address
The car park is free of charge but not that large so if you visit, I would suggest going off peak if you can. The car park is also shut overnight. There are designated disabled bays in the car park. The address is Buckler’s Forest, Old Wokingham Road, Crowthorne, Berkshire, RG45 6LN.
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