The Royal Oak, Marlow Common and Homefield Wood Walk

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Chiltern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

The Royal Oak, Marlow Common and Homefield Wood Walk is a 4.3 mile loop trail located near Marlow, Buckinghamshire, England that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

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A fairly strenuous circular pub walk from The Royal Oak in Bovingdon Green near Marlow in Buckinghamshire. The Royal Oak is an award-winning dining pub with an organic interior that oozes bonhomie, it feels like someone's home and it might as well be yours for the time you're there. With red kites soaring overhead, glass in hand and a menu to savour, it's a world away from the hustle and bustle of Marlow's riverside. The walking route explores the surrounding Chiltern landscape taking in peaceful sections of woodland, farmland and a long stretch of the Chiltern Way with plenty of wildlife and historical interest along the way. The route includes several climbs and descents throughout. The paths are unmade and cross farmland and woodland and so can get very muddy after rain and in the winter months. You will need to negotiate some kissing gates, V-shaped squeeze gaps and 5 stiles (all of which have gaps in the fence surrounds that should be suitable for medium-large dogs to hop through). You will be sharing a few of the fields with horses and one of the fields may be holding cattle so take care with dogs. Some of the paths are quite narrow and can get overgrown in the summer months so shorts are not recommended (unless you're immune to nettles and brambles!). Allow 2 hours.

The Royal Oak is in Bovingdon Green, a small hamlet located just to the west of Marlow in Buckinghamshire. From Marlow town centre, take the A4155 towards Henley. After 300 yards take the right-hand turn (Oxford Road) signposted to Bovingdon Green, next to the garage. Go three quarters of a mile and you will find The Royal Oak on the left-hand side as you come out of the woods. The car park fills up quickly at peak times. To make life easier for the pub, please try to arrive in the morning to complete the walk while the pub is closed, finishing just in time for a well-earned lunch as the pub opens. Approximate post code SL7 2JF.

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Emma Buffett
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Irene K
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Natalie Wood
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Lovely walk! Very muddy in parts! Beautiful views! Few Inclines but not too hard!

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Robert Smith
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Tom Baylis
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James Bird
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Nice views and a nice walk thru the wood. Not much mud due to frosts and snow over the last week

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Suzanne Dyble
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Lovely circular walk, VERY muddy in places! Pretty views, nice mix of woodland and countryside.

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Harvey Manns
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Hannan Khan
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It was a great walk, had everything from inclines to declines, great paths off road and great scenery.

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Nathalie Mcdonough
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Lovely trail. Great combination of woodland and fields and some beautiful properties to swoon over great makeshift swings in the wood, that kept the kids entertained too! Only negative is that the pub is currently closed.

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Jonny Mark
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Lovely route, good mix of woodland, gentle hills and fields. Very enjoyable.

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Matthew Duchezeau
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Muddy but great mix of fields and woodland. No too busy either.

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Phoebe Blackney
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Leah Pawley
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Evgenios Stylianidis
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Sarah Deane
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Fjodor van den Broek
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Evelyn Heyes
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Great walk with a mix of scenery and lovely views

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Shaun Alleyne
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Danya Bazaraa
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This trail had some very stunning views and I would definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a walk that’s not too difficult yet has a couple of uphill climbs for a bit of a challenge! My one criticism is that we found the instructions and markers once we got into Pullingshill Wood unclear and we got a little lost!

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Lucy Woodbridge
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Lovely trail. Lots of scenic views, mixed terrain. Highly recommend!

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Emmanuel Josserand
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Nice and very easy walk with some good variation between forest, green open land and field. Well indicated and easy to follow. Good for the whole family.

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Neil Morphew
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Ruth Cawdron
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chas behl
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Good beginners walk 6 out of 10 for effort required. a few fields and the beautiful Marlow common

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Dorota Blaszke
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Absolutely loved every single bit of this path. Various wildlife species and different landscapes can be observed. I fully recommend it and surely will do again.

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Ady Rose
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