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|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 24 Jun 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A short walk looping through the 130 acres of Tweseldown Racecourse, one of Britain's premier horse trials venues. The course was home to the equestrian dressage and eventing competitions in the 1948 Summer Olympics. |
The centre of the racecourse is available for walkers to use when trials are not taking place (check the trails dates on the website at www.tweseldown.co.uk). Horses can be present at any time so please ensure they are given right of way. Dogs are welcome but please keep them under control to ensure there is no damage caused to the cross country facilities. The walk has only a few gentle climbs, the paths are mainly sand or grass and there are no gates or stiles. Approximate time 1 hour.
Tweseldown Racecourse is situated on Bourley Road, near Church Crookham in Hampshire. Approximate Postcode GU52 8DY. There are two parking options. The Peter Driver Playing Fields has a small tarmac car park on Bourley Road, near the junction with the B3013 - this is primarily for playing field users so only park here at quiet times. When the playing fields are busy, continue to the junction with the B3013 and drive straight ahead onto Twelseldown Road. Park along this road taking care not to block access for the local residents.
|Car Park to Centre of Racecourse|
Start point: 51.2589 lat, -0.8205 long
The walk starts from the Peter Driver Playing Fields car park on Bourley Road.
|Centre of Racecourse to Crossroads|
Start point: 51.2598 lat, -0.8197 long
Follow the main sandy path straight ahead, passing between various jumps. Continue and bear slightly left to follow the path as it rises over the brow of a small hill. You will emerge into a small clearing. Go straight ahead and then follow the sand path that swings round to the right. You will reach an obvious crossroads in the path.
|Crossroads to Corner|
Start point: 51.2618 lat, -0.8155 long
Turn left at the crossroads and pass by a fenced deep ditch obstacle on the left. The scale of this jump will give you an idea why Tweseldown is considered to be one of Britain’s premier horse trial venues.
|Corner to T junction|
Start point: 51.2633 lat, -0.8149 long
Take the second sandy path on the left immediately behind a wooden jump. Keep following the path furthest right. As you emerge into a grass clearing swing left to follow the grass path to reach a T-junction with the main central sandy track.
|T junction to Water Jumps|
Start point: 51.2617 lat, -0.8187 long
Go straight ahead, passing to the right of the house-shaped jump and continue for a few paces to reach a T-junction with another sandy track. You will see the brick tower across to the right on the hill.
|Water Jumps to Course|
Start point: 51.2602 lat, -0.8137 long
Keep left in front of the water and then turn right immediately afterwards to go across the small bridge over the weir. Turn left along the sand track with the grass racecourse running immediately on your right. Follow the track as it becomes grass until it emerges onto a bend of the grass racecourse.
|Course to Sand Track|
Start point: 51.2625 lat, -0.8123 long
Turn left along the grass racecourse. Follow the course round and after a little distance turn left across the ditch via the mud embankment between two oak trees. You will emerge into the open section of jumps in this top corner that you passed by earlier.
|Sand Track to End|
Start point: 51.2607 lat, -0.8146 long
Fork left on the sand track heading uphill.
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Some of this walk was confusing as there are many tracks, however we used the map to get back on the trail and had a nice walk.
|By inghamsmith1 on 2015-08-06 16:30:54|
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