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|The Spotted Cow and Bourne Wood|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 13 Oct 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 4 mile circular pub walk from the Spotted Cow in Lower Bourne, a wonderful rural pub with great ales and wines, a varied menu and which welcomes dogs and children. The walk heads out through narrow wooded lanes to reach Bourne Wood, before passing through the woodland to reach the Rural Life Centre and then returning through the heath, forest and quiet village lanes. |
The walk has several climbs and descents throughout and most of the paths are unmade so can be uneven and quite muddy in winter and after periods of rain. There are no stiles and just a few gates. Some sections of the woodland and heath are grazed for conservation by rare breed cattle so take care with dogs. Approximate time 1.5 to 2 hours.
The walk starts from The Spotted Cow pub on Bourne Grove in Lower Bourne. The pub has a large car park which walkers are welcome to use as long as they are using the pub for refreshments before or after their walk. From Farnham take the A31 then turn left into Tilford Road past Farnham Station. Go straight ahead at the traffic lights (with Great Austins to the right) and then Bourne Grove is the third right (a sharp right turn signed to the Spotted Cow). Approximate post code GU10 3QT.
|Spotted Cow to Dene Lane|
Start point: 51.2012 lat, -0.7813 long
From the pub car park, go back onto Bourne Grove and turn right. Follow the wooded lane with a shallow stream running to the right. At the T-junction at the end of the road, turn left onto the dead end branch of Vicarage Hill. Follow this dirt track climbing steadily uphill. At the top you will reach a T-junction with Lodge Hill Road.
|Dene Lane to Forest Access Lane|
Start point: 51.1951 lat, -0.7807 long
Cross over Dene Lane and go straight ahead onto the public bridleway opposite, a wide forest path with shallow steps climbing uphill.
|Forest Access Lane to Rural Life Centre|
Start point: 51.1924 lat, -0.7717 long
Go straight ahead and at the next cross roads (with a wooden sign post) go straight ahead. Immediately afterwards keep straight ahead again over a forest track and fire break, passing by the marker post with blue arrows. A few paces later at the minor junction go ahead again and follow this path as it swings to the right.
|Rural Life Centre to Corner of Deer Fence|
Start point: 51.1822 lat, -0.7724 long
The centre is open 10 to 5pm Wed to Sun and Bank Holidays from mid March to the end of October, and Wed and Sun only in the winter. There is a cafe open to everyone and/or you can pay an entrance fee to explore the museum itself.
|Corner of Deer Fence to St Martins Church|
Start point: 51.1872 lat, -0.7791 long
Turn left at the fence corner, to join the wide sandy track climbing steeply uphill with the deer fence running still to the left. As you reach the brow of the hill continue straight ahead on the wide level path with the tall fence still to the left.
|St Martins Church to Spotted Cow|
Start point: 51.1958 lat, -0.7869 long
Turn right into the footpath immediately before the church and signed to Lodge Hill Close. As you emerge out to a stone lane with properties opposite, turn left and follow the lane to reach the junction with the main road. Cross over the road and take the lane opposite called School Lane.
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Wonderful woodland walk with plenty of wide open spaces to enjoy. Great lunch and you may get to meet the gorgeous pub dog called Goffey! Really recommend this one.
|By clairesharpu on 2012-10-14 17:09:16|
Lovely walk, great for adults and children. The instructions were really clear.
|By milnehomefam on 2014-01-18 15:28:34|
Great walk, instructions were very detailed, perfect!
|By Fazak on 2014-05-23 19:14:40|
I use a Tramper all terrain mobility scooter and we managed to do this walk, with a couple of amendments. Firstly, we started the walk at the car park mentioned at point 3 on the app. You turn left after you go through the barrier at the end of the car park and rejoin the walk at the crossroads. The kissing gate mentioned in that section has now been replaced by a wide open and shut gate.
|By Jules19 on 2014-06-09 17:29:37|
Great walk - although we did it on a very hot morning (Lunch at The Spotted Cow was a bonus, though). I was concerned that it would be difficult to follow the route, as working it out on the Ordnance Survey proved difficult at first (I subscribe to the OS service and draw detailed maps for walks before venturing forth). However, it was a doddle to follow.
|By RonFleet on 2016-09-15 11:18:40|
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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