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|Hurstbourne Tarrant and Doles Wood|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 03 Sep 2015||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 3.5 mile circular walk from the beautiful village of Hurstbourne Tarrant in Hampshire. The walking route climbs steadily to join paths through the beautiful Doles Wood, a beech woodland which is awash with flowers in the spring. The return leg leads you through quiet lanes, rural sheep pastures, along woodland tracks and through the idyllic village streets, with lovely views throughout. |
The route includes one long climb and the equivalent descent. The path surfaces are field and woodland tracks which can be very muddy after periods of rain and in winter. You will need to negotiate three stiles. When we walked the route, the gate alongside one of these stiles was unlocked and one had an adjacent dog gap, leaving only one fairly low stile that dogs will need to climb or be lifted over. You may be sharing one of the fields with sheep so take care with dogs. There is one short section along a quiet country lane and you will also need to cross the A343 twice so please take care of traffic at these points. Approximate time 1.5 hours.
Hurstbourne Tarrant is located in north Hampshire, on the A343 between Newbury and Andover. The walk starts and finishes at the free parish car park which is alongside the village community centre. The car park is accessed from the B3048, directly opposite the church. Cross the bridge alongside the school (you will see small signs for the parish car park) and follow the access track bending left and then right. You will find the car park on the right-hand side. Approximate post code SP11 0AX.
|Start to Doles Wood|
Start point: 51.2734 lat, -1.4492 long
Leave the parish car park back through the vehicle gates and turn right along the stone farm track, passing back alongside the car park (now over the hedge to your right). As you reach the farm building ahead, turn left to join the grass track (signed as a footpath) with a fence running on the left and open crop fields to the right.
|Doles Wood to A343|
Start point: 51.2694 lat, -1.4471 long
Follow the narrow footpath winding up the woodland slope, taking care of the uneven tree roots underfoot. This path is part of the Test Way, a 44 mile long distance path which broadly follows the course of the River Test from high on the chalk downs in Berkshire down to Eling where the tidal waters flow into Southampton Water.
|A343 to Village Road|
Start point: 51.2696 lat, -1.4653 long
Cross the A343 with care (taking time to both look and listen for traffic before you cross) and go directly ahead into the side road signed to The Chutes and Tangley. Follow this quiet lane (taking care of any traffic) for about a third of a mile, at which point the woodland on the left ends. Turn right here to join the signed fenced footpath which leads you along the edge of a woodland belt.
|Village Road to End|
Start point: 51.2798 lat, -1.4552 long
Turn right to join the narrow pavement, passing between two thatched properties, Boundary Cottage on your right and Tollgate Cottage on your left. Next, horse paddocks begin on the left and you will be able to make out the course of a river within these, the River Swift or Bourne Rivulet.
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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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|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
The walk is only 3.5miles long but the climb to Doles Wood provides quite a work out.
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
Don't miss looking back as you make the climb to Doles Wood - you will be rewarded with some great views of Hurstbourne Tarrant and the surrounding area.
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