The historical Bracknell walk that ends in brunch at a pub

Bracknell is an area filled with woodlands that provide amazing walks and hikes to go on, with some offering a rich historical background.

Around 39 per cent of Bracknell is covered in woodland and over 20 per cent of the area is protected by local designations, including Local Nature Reserves and Local Wildlife Sites.

The best walks to go on are those that promise food afterwards and this walk ends in a full English breakfast at a pub, making it the perfect place to go for a Sunday stroll with the family.

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Historical Walk

Caesar’s Camp in Swinley Forest
(Image: Bracknell Times)

You can start the walk by parking at Hut Hill car park which is just off of the A3095 on Foresters Way.

You’ll then need to walk in a straight line before turning right and then left twice to walk past Caesar’s Camp.

Caesar’s Camp is an Iron Age Hill Fort, which is around 2,400 years old and from a birds-eye view, it looks like an oak leaf.

The Camp is now classed as a Scheduled Ancient Monument and it is thought that the site would’ve accommodated 15 to 20 huts.

Once you’ve enjoyed the views at Caesar’s Camp you can either walk straight ahead or turn left and walk back down towards Foresters Way.

Either way, you will reach Nine Mile Ride and take a left. It should only take a couple of minutes before you reach The Golden Retriever Pub, which is straight on, past the new intersection at Foresters Way, Nine Mile Ride and Crowthorne Road.

If you wanted to go on a longer walk you could stroll into Swinley Forest, well known for its towering pine trees and featuring in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

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The pine forest was actually created after the First World War as a timber cull was needed to help the war effort and provide quick-growing wood for timber shortages.

The area around Ceasars Camp looks slightly different as it is mainly heathland, with old and gnarly oak and beach trees covering its borders.

As a protected wildlife area, the camp is a nesting site for three different species of birds and the hill fort is one of the largest in England, covering an area of seven hectares with a mile-long ditch.


The Golden Retriever is a quintessentially British pub in Bracknell
The Golden Retriever is a quintessentially British pub.
(Image: The Golden Retriever)

The Golden Retriever is a country pub located near the 100 acre Swinley Forest.

The building dates back to 1841 and is called ‘The Golden Retriever’ as the building functioned as dog kennels for some time.

The menu is “full of hearty favourites and country pub classics” according to the restaurant which has many different menus, including one for Sunday lunch and brunch.

Brunch is served Thursday to Sunday from 9am to 11.30am on Sundays and from 9am to 12pm for the remaining days.

British classics are included on the menu. You can order a full English, veggie full English, and pulled beef brisket hash, which features a slow-cooked Cornish beef brisket with fried eggs and potatoes.

If you prefer something slightly sweeter you could opt for the pancakes, maple syrup, and smoked pancetta or order a french pastry.

Eggs Florentine at The Golden Retriever
(Image: The Golden Retriever)

There are other options as well and none that go past the price of a tenner.

The brunch they offer is a perfect option for those who’ve worked up an appetite after hiking or cycling around the nearby forest.

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