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|Author: DebbieK, Published: 01 Nov 2011||Walk rating : Rating:|
|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.
|Start to Octavia Hill Memorial|
Start point: 51.1526 lat, -0.6016 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.
|Memorial bench to Old Man tree|
Start point: 51.1473 lat, -0.6033 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.
|Old man tree to Obelisk|
Start point: 51.1439 lat, -0.608 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.
|Obelisk to Cross roads|
Start point: 51.1467 lat, -0.6046 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|
Start point: 51.15 lat, -0.607 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.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2011 by the author DebbieK and may not be reproduced without permission.
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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