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Tweseldown Racecourse

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Tweseldown Racecourse
Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 24 Jun 2012 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Tweseldown Racecourse Walking Guidestar1 Tweseldown Racecourse Walking Guidestar1 Tweseldown Racecourse Walking Guidestar1 Tweseldown Racecourse Walking Guidestar0 Tweseldown Racecourse Walking Guide
Hampshire, Farnborough
Walk Type: Garden or park
Tweseldown Racecourse
Length: 2 miles,  Difficulty: boot Tweseldown Racecourse Walking Guide
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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.

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Walk Sections

Car Park to Centre of Racecourse
Car Park to Centre of Racecourse

Start point: 51.2589 lat, -0.8205 long
End point: 51.2598 lat, -0.8197 long

The walk starts from the Peter Driver Playing Fields car park on Bourley Road.

Return to Bourley Road and turn right along the wide grass verge. Immediately before you reach the chevrons marking the right hand bend, cross over to turn left onto the tarmac footpath. At the fork keep right and follow the path through the trees.

You will emerge out with the racecourse visible ahead. Walk straight ahead towards the brick tower on the hill. Bear left to join the wide dirt track. Keep ahead through the gap in the railings to cross the grass racecourse into the central area of the course where the cross country trials take place.

Of course it is possible to follow any route you wish around the trials area, but it is easy to get lost so the map may prove helpful even if you make your own walk. The route described here gives you chance to see most of the course and will take about one hour. Remember the jumps are constantly being moved so don't be confused if things look a little different when you visit!

Centre of Racecourse to Crossroads
Centre of Racecourse to Crossroads

Start point: 51.2598 lat, -0.8197 long
End point: 51.2618 lat, -0.8155 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
Crossroads  to Corner

Start point: 51.2618 lat, -0.8155 long
End point: 51.2633 lat, -0.8149 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.

Follow the path until it emerges to reach a curved corner of a sandy track at the top corner of the racecourse.

Corner to T junction
Corner to T junction

Start point: 51.2633 lat, -0.8149 long
End point: 51.2617 lat, -0.8187 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
T junction to Water Jumps

Start point: 51.2617 lat, -0.8187 long
End point: 51.2602 lat, -0.8137 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.

Turn left onto the main sandy track and follow this as it heads over the brow of the hill. Follow the path down the far side of the hill and you will reach an open large junction of paths with two bench shaped jumps. Swing right here between the two bench seats and then take the sandy path to the left. As you reach the jumps ahead, fork to the left of these to follow the track heading over a small mound.

Continue swinging left and you will reach a small shallow pair of lakes which form the water jumps for the course.

Water Jumps to Course
Water Jumps to Course

Start point: 51.2602 lat, -0.8137 long
End point: 51.2625 lat, -0.8123 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
Course to Sand Track

Start point: 51.2625 lat, -0.8123 long
End point: 51.2607 lat, -0.8146 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.

Take the second left path from this junction and follow this sand path as it swings slightly right. Continue as another path merges in from the right. Follow the path heading once again for the water jumps. Just a few yards before you reach the water jumps you will reach a star junction of multiple paths. Turn right heading slightly back on yourself for a few paces and look for a sandy track forking off to the left.

Sand Track to End
Sand Track to End

Start point: 51.2607 lat, -0.8146 long
End point: 51.2596 lat, -0.8196 long

Fork left on the sand track heading uphill.

You will emerge into a sandy clearing with the brick tower on the hillside directly ahead. Take the third path on the left. As you reach the brow of the hill, fork left past a jump and then follow this path downhill. You will see the railings of the racecourse ahead.

Go straight across the next junction and then keep right to follow the path with the railings of the racecourse on the left and a fenced practice area on the right. Continue for some distance, passing the buildings of the racecourse on the left, until you reach a T-junction ahead.

Turn left to retrace your steps back to the car park. To do this cross over the grass course, keep close to the railings on the right and then bear left to reach the footpath into the woods. As you emerge to the road, cross over and turn right and you will reach the car park on your left.

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1 responses to "Tweseldown Racecourse"

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

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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