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Morgaston Woods

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Morgaston Woods
Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 23 Oct 2011 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Morgaston Woods Hampshire Walking Guidestar1 Morgaston Woods Hampshire Walking Guidestar1 Morgaston Woods Hampshire Walking Guidestar1 Morgaston Woods Hampshire Walking Guidestar0 Morgaston Woods Hampshire Walking Guide
Hampshire, Bramley
Walk Type: Woodland
Morgaston Woods
Length: 2 miles,  Difficulty: boot Morgaston Woods Hampshire Walking Guide
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A 2 mile circular walk around Morgaston Woods, part of The Vyne National Trust estate in Hampshire. The walk follows paths through this beautiful ancient woodland and one section runs alongside Wey Brook which feeds the Vyne estate lakes and is home to an array of wetland birds.

There is free access to the woods from the Middle Gate entrance throughout the year. The walk follows concrete and dirt paths which are quite flat apart from a few protruding tree roots making it suitable for all ages and pushchairs (although the paths may be muddy after wet weather). Entrance is through a single kissing gate but this is nice and wide/long and should allow most chairs through. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on leads. The woods can get quite busy at the weekend with visitors to the adjoining National Trust property. Approximate time 1 hour.

The walk starts from the Middle Gate entrance. Limited free parking is available opposite the gate in the narrow lay-by on Morgaston Road, just a few hundred yards from the junction with the A340. Approximate post code RG26 5ED.

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Walk Sections

Middle Gate to Vyne Estate
Middle Gate to Vyne Estate

Start point: 51.3102 lat, -1.1047 long
End point: 51.3073 lat, -1.0931 long

From Morgaston Road, pass through the kissing gate and turn left to follow the concrete path. At the woodsheds, follow the track to the left. Keeping the large woodshed on your left, go straight ahead onto the woodland path marked with a brown arrow on the wooden post.

You will pass a variety of woodland trees including ancient oak, hazel coppice, sweet chestnut and ash along with the more recent additions of Douglas Fir and Scots pine.

At the edge of the woodland you will come to a metal kissing gate marking the entrance to The Vyne estate. Do not pass through the gate, instead turn right immediately before it.

Vyne Estate to Loaders Gate
Vyne Estate to Loaders Gate

Start point: 51.3073 lat, -1.0931 long
End point: 51.3043 lat, -1.1028 long

Continue ahead with the metal fence to the left until you reach the lake and you may catch a glimpse of The Vyne Mansion at the far side of the lake. Turn right and follow the path known as Beech Ride with beech trees planted both sides and the lake to the left.

Continue along and you will reach a bird hide on the left. This is an excellent spot to enjoy the variety of wildfowl and wading birds including lapwing, heron, redshank and snipe.

Further along Beech Ride you will see Wey Brook running on your left, a shallow brook which feeds the main lakes. On your right you will come to a dam which was built to form fish ponds in medieval times to supply fish for eating. The disused ponds were then planted with poplars in the 1950s to provide a crop of wood for making matchsticks.

Continue until you reach the corner of the woodland with an open crop field ahead.

Loaders Gate to Middle Gate

Start point: 51.3043 lat, -1.1028 long
End point: 51.3099 lat, -1.1036 long

This corner is known as Loaders Gate as it was where timber products from the woods were loaded for transportation. Turn right to follow the path through the woodland.

As the path crosses over a small culvert, turn left off the main path following the brown arrow on the wooden post. Follow this path as it winds and gently undulates through the trees. Go straight on past a glade on the right until you reach a T-junction with the concrete track.

The concrete track was actually built during World War II to act as a decoy for enemy bombers to distract from the nearby munitions depot at Bramley.

At the concrete track turn left to pass back through the kissing gate and return to the car.

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