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|Vernham Dean and Upton|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 14 Jul 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 5 mile circular walk from the pretty thatched village of Vernham Dean, situated in the north-west corner of Hampshire. The walk leaves the village to pass through woodland and crop fields to reach the adjacent village of Upton before heading north along quiet lanes via St Mary’s Church and back down to Vernham Dean. The walk offers chance to enjoy lovely views across the rolling hills of the North Wessex Downs and there is also plenty of wildlife to enjoy along the way. |
The walk has several long steady gradients and there are a few gates and one long section of road walking (most of this road walking can be avoided by taking a shortcut over a stile and along a narrow footpath but this was very overgrown when we walked it – the choice is yours!). The paths will be muddy at certain times of the year and can be a bit overgrown in summer. Allow 2 to 2.5 hours (depending on the condition of the paths).
Vernham Dean can be found about 10 miles directly north of Andover. The walk starts from the car park alongside the Playing Fields in Vernham Dean (alongside the primary school). Approximate post code SP11 0JY.
|Start to Thornycombe Wood|
Start point: 51.3059 lat, -1.5061 long
Leave the playing field car park back to the road and turn right along the pavement passing the school on the right. Keep straight ahead through the main road of the village passing many pretty thatched properties and The George pub on the right. Stay on the main road and, after passing David’s Cottage on the right, turn left up the stone track signed as a footpath.
|Thornycombe Wood to Conholt Lane|
Start point: 51.3028 lat, -1.517 long
Follow the path through the pretty woodland as it descends, follows a level section and then begins to climb again through coppiced trees. As you emerge from the trees, swing left to follow the path uphill meandering in and out of the woodland edge. The path then passes through a small section of trees ahead (going through a narrow gap between a pair of oaks) to emerge out to open fields.
|Conholt Lane to Main Road|
Start point: 51.2976 lat, -1.5167 long
Cross diagonally left to take the footpath opposite, a stone track which bends first left and then right. Stay on the main stone track and, as you reach a hedgeline ahead, go ahead on the signed public footpath through the gap in the hedge. Keep ahead on the grass track with a tall hedgerow directly on the left.
|Main Road to Upton Manor|
Start point: 51.2944 lat, -1.4935 long
Here you have two choices to reach Upton Manor – take your pick of the two paragraphs below.
|Upton Manor to St Mary's Church|
Start point: 51.2993 lat, -1.4884 long
Continue past the perimeter walls of Upton Manor on the left. As the road begins to bend right, turn left onto a stone track. Within a few paces you’ll reach a fork, keep right and follow the stone and grass track heading steadily uphill and over the brow of the hill. Follow this wide track enjoying the views in every direction.
|St Mary's Church to End|
Start point: 51.3107 lat, -1.4995 long
Turn sharp left through the gates into the grounds of St Mary’s Church. On the left you’ll see a green hydrant with a gold lion. The water handle at the side of the hydrant is in operation and is an ideal place to stop for a drink on a hot day.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2013 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
Between the first and second mile, a dead deer was found. Pretty smelly
|By marcothio77 on 2015-08-01 12:27:26|
Overgrown and way too many flies. wasn't much fun
|By Rachaelelley on 2016-08-14 14:47:44|
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