Fulmer to Burnham Beeches walk through golden woodland

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Fulmer to Burnham Beeches
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Introduction

The Fulmer to Burnham Beeches circular walk is just over 15 Km and has a total ascent of 180 m. Some parts of the walk were extremely muddy in November and require decent boots.

There is no frequent public transport to the start of the walk in Hay Lane, Fulmer (SL3 6HL) so you will probably need to go by car. There is plenty of parking in Hay Lane.

Fulmer to Hedgerley

The walk begins in Hay Lane, Fulmer, a quiet cul-de-sac in the centre of the village. When you leave this muddy road and onto the path you run parallel with the M40 and you’ll hear the motorway traffic not far away.

The start of the Fulmer to Burnham Beeches walk runs alongside the M40
The M40 in the distance but the sound travels quite easily

However, the M40 soon fades away and you are into the countryside with no sign of traffic.

Along the way we found a field that was being filled with earth. A couple of locals speculated that this being dumped from a nearby HS2 excavation. We could see ventilation shafts which indicated that this was an old land fill site.

Was this an old land fill site on the Fulmer to Burhnham Beeches walk?
Is this an old land fill site?

Shortly after this we arrived in Hedgerley Hill with it’s village green. The village green is unusual in that it has a rugby pitch in the middle with no apparent club house.

The green at Hedgerley Hill

Hedgerley to Burnham Beeches

On leaving Hedgerley Hill the path descends along side the road with pavement and turns left into a narrow lane.

Leaving Hedgerley Hill on a narrow lane

Be glad in the damp autumn weather of the firm footing under foot, because it gets much muddier further on. This track rises up and meets the A355 a fairly major road leading to the M40. Cross the A33 and enter Egypt Wood.

Egypt Wood is part of a wider woodland area that includes Burnham Beeches. As we entered Egypt Wood we were presented with a golden ground cover made of the decaying ferns and the fallen leaves.

The start of Egypt Wood
Golden Floor

The next section of this large woodland expanse is Dorney Wood where the trail is even more boggy.

Dorney Wood starts here
Muddy Dorney Wood

Continue along the route and arrive at Burnham Beeches. The path through is all tarmac. We sat here to have our picnic lunch with the sun streaming through the trees. A beautiful break in our 10 mile walk and we were able to relish the warmth of this very mild November day.

Half way round the Fulmer to Burnham Beeches walk

As we munched our sandwiches we noticed the increasing number of people walking, cycling and on horseback. The Burnham Beeches part of this circular walk is extremely popular. Could this be due to the large car park situated on the way?

The main car park at Burnham Beeches
Not only a car park but a large cafe as well

As usual most visitors to Burnham Beeches and other beauty spots never stray too far from their cars.

Because this is a circular walk you may want to park here and follow the route from car park rather than from Fulmer.

From Burnham Beeches back to Fulmer

We had bemoaned the lack of pubs on the walk up to this point. Lo and behold five minutes down the road we came across three in Farnham Common.

Unfortunately none of these hostelries was open, due to the current lockdown. But Farnham Common is not a destination for walkers and we hurried on back to the countryside via a muddy alley.

Along this alley groups of fungi had forced their way through the fallen leaves. We left them alone.

Fungi on the path – are they safe to eat?

Our next section took us through Brockhurst Woods and along it’s edge.

Path through Brockhurst Wood

This is really nice walking with the multi-coloured trees around you and firm footing underneath. The sun was breaking through the thin canopy as we passed. This is when you are reminded how lucky you are to be alive and healthy.

After turning sharp left and crossing an open field we wound our way down to cross the B416 a minor road leading to Gerrards Cross. In the final section of the route you cross Stoke Common. The Common is flat and due to the recent heavy rain there were sections of the path that were flooded. At this juncture we just had to wade through the water. This not a walk for light shoes particularly at this time of year.

The exit from Stoke Common brings you out onto a short road leading back into Fulmer.

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