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|Queen Elizabeth Country Park|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 24 Jul 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 5 mile circular woodland walk through the beautiful Queen Elizabeth Country Park in Hampshire. Forming part of the South Downs, the park is within the East Hampshire Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It contains 2,000 acres of open access woodland and downland and was mostly planted in the 1930s. The park is popular with dog walkers, horse riders and mountain bikers and with dedicated routes for each, everyone has the chance to enjoy their own space in the tranquil woodland. |
The walk follows a mixture of stone, grass and dirt tracks and paths through the woodland. Some of these are uneven with tree roots and some areas can be very muddy after wet weather. There is one steep but fairly short climb at the start of the walk and then long and more gentle ascents and descents throughout. There are no stiles or gates and the walk follows a waymarked route (marked with a purple footprint on a green background) making it very easy to follow. There is a cafe and toilets at the start of the walk. Approximate time 2 to 2.5 hours.
The walk starts from the main pay and display car park which is next to the visitor centre and cafe within Queen Elizabeth Country Park. The park is situated between Petersfield and Horndean on the A3 and there are brown signs to direct you from the A3. Approximate post code PO8 0QE.
|Start to Higher Parking Area|
Start point: 50.9616 lat, -0.9777 long
The walk starts from the main car park, the first one you come to as you leave the A3. Walk to the far end of the car park heading for the visitor centre and then turn left in front of the centre to reach an information board and large wooden signpost. Go straight ahead up a few steps and continue up the steep woodland path as it curves left into the forest.
|Higher Parking Area to Merged Tracks|
Start point: 50.9649 lat, -0.9752 long
Cross straight over the parking area and follow the waymark on the opposite side onto the level stone path which heads out with the play area to the left and the wooden building to the right.
|Merged Tracks to Crossroads|
Start point: 50.9691 lat, -0.9623 long
Continue straight ahead on the main track still heading downhill. At the fork keep left, on the path marked as the section of the South Downs Way for horses (do not follow the walkers’ arrow to the right). A few paces later you’ll see the next purple footprint confirming you are on the correct path.
|Crossroads to View Point|
Start point: 50.9589 lat, -0.9623 long
Go straight on, following the track still heading steadily downhill. This section is part of Hampshire County Council’s Staunton Way long distance path.
|View Point to Pine Woodland|
Start point: 50.9526 lat, -0.9569 long
Take a moment here to enjoy the views across the beautiful surrounding hills – look for the windmill on the hill across to the right. When you’re ready to move on continue straight ahead on the main path, ignoring the footpath going over the stile to the left.
|Pine Woodland to End|
Start point: 50.9545 lat, -0.9745 long
Go straight ahead onto the narrow path winding through the pine section of woodland. Follow the path under the canopy of trees and continue as the path swings left and then right. You will pass through a section of pine trees with feathery leaves and red trunks – a species of redwood.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2012 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
A really lovely walk, just a little note that the way mark signs are actually a purple footprint on a green background rather than a red footprint. We got a little confused to start with so thought it might be useful for others to know :)
|By becky64 on 2016-02-28 17:55:17|
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