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Hydon Heath

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Hydon Heath
Author: DebbieK, Published: 01 Nov 2011 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Hydon Heath Walking Guidestar1 Hydon Heath Walking Guidestar1 Hydon Heath Walking Guidestar1 Hydon Heath Walking Guidestar0 Hydon Heath Walking Guide
Walk Type: Woodland
Hydon Heath
Length: 2 miles,  Difficulty: boot Hydon Heath Walking Guide boot Hydon Heath Walking Guide
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This is a two mile circular walk through the woodland paths of Hydon Heath. There are some beautiful views and various points of interest throughout the walk including Octavia Hill's memorial bench and the Robertson Obelisk.
The heath is extremely dog friendly, with no stiles or roads and plenty of areas to explore.
Some of the paths would be difficult to navigate with a pushchair or wheelchair and there are a couple of steep hills.
There is ample free parking at this National Trust site.

The walk starts and finishes at Hydon Heath National Trust Car park. The car park is on Salt Lane, approximate postcode: GU8 4BB. Parking here is free at all times.

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Walk Sections

Start to Octavia Hill Memorial
Start to Octavia Hill Memorial

Start point: 51.1526 lat, -0.6016 long
End point: 51.1473 lat, -0.6033 long

Face out of the car park, towards the road, with the exit/entrance to the car park on your left hand side. Look to your right and you’ll see a path between the trees, take this path out of the car park.
When you reach a clearing, take the right hand path. Continue on through the wood until you join a T-Junction, turn left.
When you reach the crest of the hill, take the right hand trail continuing up the hill and through the trees.
You will come out into a clearing, known as Octavia Hill, where you will see a memorial bench in front of you dedicated to Octavia Hill.

Octavia Hill was a social reformer who in 1895 along with Sir Robert Hunter and Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley launched the idea of the National Trust as a way to ‘safeguard open air living rooms for the poor’ whilst raising public awareness of the railway developments threatening the Lake District. Soon after her death in 1912 the trust bought 92 acres at Hydon’s Ball as her permanent memorial.

Memorial bench to Old Man tree
Memorial bench to Old Man tree

Start point: 51.1473 lat, -0.6033 long
End point: 51.1439 lat, -0.608 long

With the memorial bench behind you, walk forward towards the small brick Ordinance Survey Station and continue forward through the bracken, down the slope. At the bottom of the slope you will reach a T-Junction, take a left following the curve round to the right.
At the cross roads you will see a small water pumping station in front of you (to the left of the path). Take the path to the immediate right of the pumping station. Follow the path along under the Hazel coppice. After a few yards this path forks into two, with a tree (which looks remarkably like an old man’s face) in the centre of the fork. Take the right fork.

Old man tree to Obelisk
Old man tree to Obelisk

Start point: 51.1439 lat, -0.608 long
End point: 51.1467 lat, -0.6046 long

Continue through the wood, until you reach a wooden fence; make your way up the hill keeping the fence on your left. Please note that there is not a clearly defined path at this point but the route is easily accessible.
At the top of the hill you will come to a T-Junction with a well defined path, turn left and continue upwards.
As you start to reach the brow of the hill you will see a silver birch that denotes the start of a fork in the path, take the left fork keeping the fence on your left. As you fork left you will reach Hydons Ball Obelisk.

Obelisk to Cross roads
Obelisk to Cross roads

Start point: 51.1467 lat, -0.6046 long
End point: 51.15 lat, -0.607 long

Keeping the obelisk on your left, take the path in front of you. As you come out of the wooded area you will reach a fence surrounding a property outside the wood. Keep this fence on your left and continue down the path. As the path heads downwards you will encounter a few sets of steps, please be careful here, especially in the wet as the leaves make the stone steps quite slippy. When you reach a cross roads at the end of the fence, turn right back up into the wood.

Cross roads to End
Cross roads to End

Start point: 51.15 lat, -0.607 long
End point: 51.1526 lat, -0.6019 long

As you cross through the wood you will reach a three way split in the path. Take the middle path then take the right hand fork back to the car park.

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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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