Woolstone seen from below the White Horse. Photo: Duncan Baber

Rights of Way - FP7

The DM&S describes FP 7 as:

"from Marsh Way at crossing of FP10 at pond, North-North-West across Claypit Lane, Old Canal and Railway to Longcot Parish boundary"

General Condition The section of the path north of Claypit Lane is normally in good condition for walking during the drier months of the year. In winter, and especially of the fields are recently ploughed, the clay can be very sticky. The section joining Claypit Lane and Marsh Way is frequently boggy and can be difficult to walk (although can be avoided on roads if necessary).
Length 1 mile
Navigation Problems If the field south of Claypit Lane has been ploughed the precise line can be difficult to determine, especially if heading north since the stile crossing at Claypit Lane is difficult to see (follow a bearing of 315 degrees if using a compass).
Stiles, gates or other obstacles Three stiles - one at Claypit Lane, one at either end of the bridge crossing the line of the old canal. There is a gate on the north side of Claypit Lane (although this can be bypassed).

The D'Arcy Dalton Way runs along the entire length of this footpath. The southernmost part of the footpath starts from the pond on Marsh Way. Three footpaths leave this point heading to the west of Marsh Way. FP 7 uses the right-hand most one of these, heading in a direct line across the field to reach Claypit Lane. This low-lying field does not drain well - in wet conditions significant amounts of standing water can be found in several places and sticky mud is common. A delapidated stile needs to be crossed to exit from the path on to Claypit Lane.

On the opposite site of Claypit Lane is a rusty gateway that leads to the northern section of the footpath. The path heads perpendicular to the road with the hedgeline on the right. After 350yds the hedge stops at the large tree but the path continues to a point where a hedge crosses the path. [If the line of this part of the path is not clear - take a line in the direction of the railway bridge beyond the hedge]. This point marks the western extent of FP 8. A stile guards the small opening in the hedge and the wooden bridge that crosses the following ditch. The ditch marks the line of the former canal. A further stile needs to be crossed at the other side of the wooden bridge.

Beyond this point continue ahead to the railway embankment and in particular to the obvious bridge under the railway. The path goes under this bridge and across a further field to reach a further field boundary - aim immediately to the right of a large tree in the far left corner of the field. This denotes the extent of the path within Woolstone, and the boundary with the parish of Longcot. The path continues from this point to reach Longcot in another 0.7 miles.

When heading south on this path from the railway bridge towards the wooden bridge, the exact line may be difficult to find. Aim for the White Horse on the hillside in the distance (partially obscured by the large tree in the field beyond the bridge).