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|The White Hart and Shave Wood|
|Author: Pub Walker, Published: 08 Feb 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 5 mile circular pub walk from The White Hart in Cadnam, Hampshire in the New Forest. The White Hart is a traditional country pub with a buzzy, chatty and civilised atmosphere. The walking route heads south through the heart of Shave Wood to reach the nearby village of Minstead where you’ll have chance to visit the final resting place of Sherlock Holmes’ creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Within the forest, there are also plenty of opportunities to see the beautiful New Forest ponies. |
The route has several gentle climbs and descents throughout. The paths through the woodland are all unmade and can get quite muddy after periods of rain so waterproof boots are recommended. There are no stiles on route, just a few gates and kissing gates to negotiate. You will be sharing the woodland paths with New Forest ponies so take care with dogs. There are a couple of sections walking along lanes so take care of any traffic. As the New Forest is open access land, there are no signed paths within the woodland meaning navigation can prove quite tricky. As such, it will be easiest to follow this route on the Android or iPhone App, where you can use the live GPS map to guide you. Approximate time 2 to 2.5 hours.
Cadnam is located alongside Junction 1 of the M27, where the M27 ends and becomes the A31. The walk starts and finishes at The White Hart pub on Old Romsey Road, which has its own car park. Heading south-west on the M27, leave at Junction 1 and turn left at the roundabout signed to Cadnam. Turn left at the next roundabout (onto Old Romsey Road) and you’ll find The White Hart on the left-hand side. Approximate post code SO40 2NP.
|Start to A337|
Start point: 50.9218 lat, -1.5809 long
Standing with your back to the pub, leave the car park (via the left-hand of the two exits) and cross over to take White Hart Lane directly opposite. At the end, where the lane bends hard left, turn right and keep ahead onto a narrow tarmac path which leads you to a T-junction with the main road. Cross over with care and take the lane directly opposite, Old Cross Road.
|A337 to London Minstead|
Start point: 50.9158 lat, -1.5823 long
Cross over, taking proper care as this is a busy stretch of road, and take the gravel lane opposite (to the right of a cottage). Pass through the kissing gate and keep ahead on the wide gravel track heading into the heart of this next section of forest, Shave Wood. Immediately before you reach the gate across the path, fork left onto the slightly narrower path with a fenced enclosure to the right.
|London Minstead to Minstead Church|
Start point: 50.9046 lat, -1.5944 long
Go ahead on the branch of London Minstead road, passing the 30mph sign for Minstead, taking care of any traffic. Pass a couple of properties on the right and continue as the road climbs and leads you between a number of properties within London Minstead.
|Minstead Church to Seaman's Corner|
Start point: 50.8971 lat, -1.6017 long
All Saints Church is an interesting building with the chancel and nave dating from the 1200s and the rest of the building created in red brick added in the 1700s and 1800s. Inside the building is just as interesting, with a 12th century font and a ‘luxury’ pew which comes complete with its own fireplace.
|Seaman's Corner to Crossroads|
Start point: 50.9043 lat, -1.6059 long
Take the right-hand fork here, the no through road signed as ‘No Access to A31’, passing the property called Little Orchard on the right. Follow the tarmac lane into the forest, passing a couple more properties on the right.
|Crossroads to End|
Start point: 50.911 lat, -1.5972 long
Turn right along the major track, a long straight track which will lead you all the way out of Shave Wood.
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Lovely walk. Didn't quite find right path back in forest though - oops
|By susieb1960 on 04 May 2015|
Pleasant walk, lots of lovely thatched cottages & nice forest. Not a great deal else to see hence rating of 3, if we could give half marks would give 3.5.
|By Ginasimms on 10 May 2015|
Lovely walk. Difficult to follow a path through the forest and ended up luck rather than judgement ! Nice pubs too
|By Markcoe on 12 Jun 2015|
lovely short amble, fun finding a way through the woods
|By gurninman on 17 Oct 2015|
Used the iPhone compass to get through the woods. The Trusty Servant is another option for refreshments. Flacks Double Drop and Ringwood Fortyniner on tap.
|By Huelin on 10 Oct 2016|
Would be a 4 but some parts are exceptionally boggy in winter.
|By chrismsmith on 05 Jan 2017|
Lovely walk especially on a sunny day. Some of the forest area can be difficult to navigate but it's fun to work out the route and use a compass. Well deserved pub lunch at the end completed a great walk!
|By fbromley on 18 Feb 2017|
The first stages of the walk are easy to follow and very pleasant. The section in the woods is not! It would help if there were approximate distances to landmarks, as they are so difficult to distinguish. probably better with a compass heading and distances. We got very lost and ended up at the road on the right! Shame.
|By sallyfairbai on 13 Apr 2017|
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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