A 3.5 mile circular walk through Swinley Forest near Bracknell in Berkshire. The forest is popular with cyclists, dog walkers and families alike, providing fun and adventure for both children and dogs. The walk starts at The Lookout Discovery Centre in Bracknell and follows a circular route along the woodland tracks passing Cesar's Camp (an Iron Age Hill Fort). The Lookout is very popular, particularly at the weekend, so you are likely to find the first few hundred yards very busy, but as this part of Swinley Forest is more than 1,000 hectares, you will find more seclusion and tranquillity after this point. The forest is mainly coniferous, with patches set aside as heath and you are likely to see a variety of wildlife including birds, squirrels and deer. There is plenty for the whole family to enjoy at The Lookout site itself including a cafe, science discovery centre, Go Ape (a treetop assault course), a segway course and children's play areas.
The walk follows forest tracks which are wide, open and well made but of course can be muddy in winter and after wet weather. You're likely to come across cyclists, dog walkers and even horse riders but generally you'll find that once you are into the walk the tracks will be quiet. There are no stiles and just a few gates. Whilst not entirely flat, the small number of ascents and descents are relatively gentle. Approximate time 1.5 hours.
The walk starts and finishes at the Lookout Discovery Centre in Bracknell. The centre has a large car park (pay and display from October 2012) and is signed from the B3430 (Nile Mile Ride). Approximate post code RG12 7QW.
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