Walking Larks Hill and Cabbage Hill, Bracknell can be done as two separate walks or one combined walk. We have done this walk in several different guises during different seasons. For the purpose of this blog post I will talk about our walk from Larks Hill to Cabbage Hill but will give information of two car parks as you can start the walk in reverse if you wish.
About the walk
Larks Hill is made up is 16.5 acres of open space and can be found off Harvest Ride in Warfield, Bracknell. The site has a free car park and a couple of picnic benches plus lots of wildlife and wild flowers in the spring and summer months. From the car park, if you are looking towards Larks Hill (with the road behind you) there is a little path to your right that you can go you along, which will take you to the two grazing paddocks where you sometimes find cows grazing (apparently they are there between July – October, we saw them in August). We however, tend to walk straight ahead from the car park and say hello to the cows from the gate near the car park, if they are there.
Then we walk straight ahead where you will find a community orchard which has apple, pear and plum trees. Once past the community apple orchard on your left you can join another path that appears in front of you, here we turned left on the outskirts of the Lark Hill land and the head down the path, toward the main road where you will find Warfield CE School (Woodhurst Site) and some allotments. If you head down the road next to the allotments you will get to a little brook with a white bridge or alternatively you can walk over the larger bridge by the school over the stream. If you go over the larger bridge you will then find a viewing platform to your right where you can watch the fishes in the little stream.
After looking in the stream we then head up through the new housing estate (Woodhurst Park) where you walk passed a couple of ponds. If carry on walking through the housing estate (use the maps dotted around to help you) you will eventually come to Cabbage Hill which is a large open space, with a set of footpaths and different walking routes. Cabbage Hill has views of Bracknell from the top and has a circular walk. There is a car park at the top of Cabbage Hill and this is where you could also start a walk from; then walk to Larks Hill in reverse or you could do a circular walk around Cabbage Hill before heading back to the car if you didn’t want to go as far.
Dogs are walked at Cabbage Hill and are asked to be on the lead on Larks Hill during bird breeding season. The paths at Cabbage Hill are buggy friendly, there is one section where you have to walk across a field with no footpath but this can be avoided. At Larks Hill we have got our buggy along the paths but they can be thin in the summer months when the vegetation is fully grown.
Also, keep an eye out on Bean and Fizz’s Instagram and Facebook pages as they keep you up to date when they will be serving hot drinks on Cabbage Hill during the weekends – the drinks are tasty and Bean and Fizz offer friendly service with a smile.
What did we like about the walk?
You can vary the walk in length to suit your family. The paths are well maintained and the majority are also flat (although some go up hill). There is plenty to see including fish in the stream, cows in a field (depending on the time of year), a community apple orchard, diggers working of the housing estate and views of Bracknell. There are also some puzzles and facts on boards around the Cabbage Hill site. You can grab a coffee when Bean and Fizz are on Cabbage Hill.
Where can we park?
There are two car parks are both free of charge.
Larks Hill Car Park, Warfield. The closest postcode is RG42 2QD. The car park is off Harvest Ride near the Quelm Park roundabout. There is a bottle bank at the car park.
Cabbage Hill Car Park can be found at Forest Road, Binfield, RG42 5RR.
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