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Dogmersfield and the Basingstoke Canal

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Dogmersfield and the Basingstoke Canal
Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 11 Jun 2011 Walk rating : Rating:star1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Hampshire,
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Dogmersfield and the Basingstoke Canal
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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A 5 mile walk across the fields and along the lanes around Dogmersfield, a small peaceful village in Hampshire. There’s plenty of water to enjoy with the Basingstoke Canal running through the area and a beautiful lake (Tundry Pond) situated in the grounds of Dogmersfield House. Dogmersfield House was originally built by the St John-Mildmays in 1727 and is now a hotel.

The walk is relatively flat and includes a one mile section along the Baskingstoke Canal towpath. The paths are very narrow in places and they cross numerous fields so they could be very muddy in wet weather. The walk also includes a total of 16 stiles (if we counted correctly!) of varying heights and designs. Our dog managed to negotiate all of these easily as many of them have adjacent gaps for dogs to pass through. Only one caused some concern with barbed wire along all fence edges.

Parking is available in the 'Basingstoke Canal Barley Mow Car Park and Slip Way' public car park which is opposite the Barleymow Inn just a short distance along Sprat's Hatch Lane. Approximate post code RG27 8ZZ.

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Along the Basingstoke Canal
Along the Basingstoke Canal

Start point: 51.2777 lat, -0.8857 long
End point: 51.2679 lat, -0.9042 long

Walk up to the Basingstoke Canal from the car park and turn right, under Sprat’s Hatch Lane. Follow the towpath for about one mile (take care as it is narrow at times) as it passes under Stacey’s Bridge and then Basely’s Bridge all the way to the Sprat’s Hatch Bridge. Look out for the large horse sculpture in one of the gardens on the opposite side of the canal.

The Basingstoke Canal was completed in 1794 and was built to connect Basingstoke with the River Thames at Weybridge via the Wey Navigation. Its purpose was to allow boats to travel from the docks in East London down to Basingstoke.

Cross the canal
Cross the canal

Start point: 51.2679 lat, -0.9042 long
End point: 51.2668 lat, -0.9013 long

Leave the canal towpath up the small incline and turn left to cross over Sprat’s Hatch bridge. Follow the footpath as it passes Sprat’s Hatch Farm.

Soon after the path bends to the left by the farm, look out for a footpath on the right. The footpath is adjacent to the big iron gates to the Dogmersfield Estate and is accessed through a kissing gate.

Dogmersfield Estate
Dogmersfield Estate

Start point: 51.2668 lat, -0.9013 long
End point: 51.2662 lat, -0.8943 long

Pass through the kissing gate and follow this path, with fenced small farm paddocks at either side (holding very friendly pigs when we were walking) until it joins the main drive. Follow the main drive further into the estate and follow the bend to the left. Pass through a metal gate onto the banks of Tundry Pond.

Tundry Pond
Tundry Pond

Start point: 51.2662 lat, -0.8943 long
End point: 51.2626 lat, -0.8863 long

Turn right and walk along the bank of the beautiful lake all the way down to the woods at the far end.

Local legend says that Dogmersfield village was originally built on the area that is now Tundry Pond, until the owner of Dogmersfield House decided he wanted a view of a lake from his window. It was on his orders the houses were moved, brick by brick, to their current location.

As you get to the woods at the far end, turn right through another metal gate and follow the path to the left over the first stile and then over the canal bridge. Follow the track to the right, ignoring the gate on the left, and cross the second stile alongside a house. The track ends soon afterwards as it meets Church Lane.

Crossing farm land
Crossing farm land

Start point: 51.2626 lat, -0.8863 long
End point: 51.2609 lat, -0.8765 long

Cross the road and the footpath continues on the other side over another stile and through a field of crops. Cross the stile at the far end of the field and enter a path enclosed by fences each side. Follow the enclosed path as it goes to the right, then left, then right and crosses another stile into a quiet lane.

Cross over a pair of stiles opposite and go diagonally to the left over a grass paddock. One more stile takes you onto another lane. Turn right onto this lane and follow it down into a dip to cross a stream and then left up a slope into a field of crops.

Towards Crookham Village
Towards Crookham Village

Start point: 51.2609 lat, -0.8765 long
End point: 51.2645 lat, -0.8676 long

Cross the field of crops using the yellow arrow waymarks to guide you. Cross another stile into a small field and out onto a grass and stoney path. Follow this path to the right as it becomes Stroud Lane passing Willow Cottage and a row of other houses.

Turn left out of Stroud Lane onto Crondall Road (heading for Crookham village). Follow the road past Foxes Corner and look out for the next footpath sign to the left opposite a thatched garage.

Towards Dogmersfield
Towards Dogmersfield

Start point: 51.2645 lat, -0.8676 long
End point: 51.2694 lat, -0.872 long

Cross the stile opposite this thatched garage onto the footpath and follow it keeping the boundary hedge to your right towards Brook Meadow Farm.

Cross the stile into a grass paddock (probably home to a horse) and head for the stile in the far right corner to get out onto the farm access track. Follow the farm track to the right, then left, then right until it meets Dogmersfield road.

Through Pilcot Farm
Through Pilcot Farm

Start point: 51.2694 lat, -0.872 long
End point: 51.2758 lat, -0.8733 long

Turn left onto Dogmersfield Road through the traffic calming measure and cross the road to find the narrow footpath on the right following a stream.

At Pilcot Farm cross the stream on the concrete bridge and then turn immediately right through a gate/stile onto another footpath following the hedges on your left. Turn left through a gate when the fence on your right ends, continuing with the hedges on your right. Watch out for the waymarks (yellow arrows) that mark the path crossing from the left of the hedge back to the right side of the hedge.

With the hedges now to your left again, follow the path round the field to the right and then turn left down the grass path with a large oak tree on your left.

Back to Pale Lane
Back to Pale Lane

Start point: 51.2758 lat, -0.8733 long
End point: 51.2789 lat, -0.8834 long

Follow this path and at the end turn through a gap between two trees on the left. Here you’ll see a conservation walks sign and map.

Follow the path to the right through the woodland and over another stile. The woods open up to paddocks to the left. Continue straight into a fenced path with paddocks on both sides. At the top of the path cross the stile on the left into a paddock (probably holding horses). Keep the fence to your right and cross the final stile back onto Pale Lane.

Past the Barleymow Inn
Past the Barleymow Inn

Start point: 51.2789 lat, -0.8834 long
End point: 51.2777 lat, -0.8857 long

Turn left onto Pale Lane and follow this past the Barleymow Inn (which serves food and drink and does welcome dogs into the bar area).

Cross the road and return to the car park.

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