This walk visits Bagshot Park and Rapley Lake on Bagshot Heath in Surrey. There's some lovely wide bridle tracks which are ideal for walking and cycling in this area. Please note the park itself is private so it's important to keep within the boundary of the forest. There are views towards the park though from the surrounding public access area.
Start the walk on the western side of Bagshot, about half a mile south west of the train station. Here you can pick up the Vicarage Lane track and follow it north west across Bagshot Heath, Queen's Wood and Bagshot Park will be on your left on this section. The route then passes Cobblers Hole before turning east at Cuckoo Pen to take you to the pretty Rapley Lake along Lake Ride.
You can easilty extend the walk by following the woodland trails north to visit Swinley Forest in Bracknell Forest.
Bagshot Park Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Bagshot Park Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Bagshot Park OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Bagshot Park Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Three Mariners in Bagshot village is a good choice for some post walk refreshment. It's a historic pub of some note, dating back to the 16th century. There's a cosy interior with wooden beams, low ceilings and a real fire for colder days. Outside there's a small garden area if the sun is shining. They have a good menu and can be easily found on the High Street at postcode GU19 5AW for your sat navs.
The woodland trails are ideal for a dog walk so expect to see other owners on a fine, weekend day. The Three Mariners mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Just to the north of the lake you can pick up the waymarked Three Castles Path in Swinley Forest. You could follow the trail north east to Englemere Pond or south west towards Crowthorne, Sandhurst and the lovely Tri Lakes Country Park. The longer Bracknell Circular Walk uses part of the trail to create a 25 mile loop around the forest.
The Wokingham Way passes through the area and the pretty Bramshill Forest is also not far away.
The Ascot Walk can be picked up in the nearby town. Here you can also visit the famous racecourse, home to Royal Ascot.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Berkshire Walks page.