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|Buriton and the South Downs Way|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 01 Aug 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 3 mile circular walk from the village of Buriton near Petersfield in Hampshire. Buriton is an idyllic village with two pubs, a large duck pond, a Norman church and lots of pretty cottages. The walking route climbs steeply up the chalk escarpment of the South Downs, visiting the Buriton Chalk Pits which once supplied the thriving lime kiln industry. After following a short stretch of the South Downs Way, with lovely views, the route descends back into the village passing through woodland and fields. |
The walk follows chalk tracks and paths for the main, which can get very muddy and slippery after wet weather. There is a fairly steep and long climb near the start and the equivalent descent towards the end. There are no stiles on route, just two kissing gates and some shallow steps (although these obstacles can also be avoided if necessary). Some of the tracks are deeply rutted and uneven and so the route is not suitable for pushchairs. The final stretch follows the edge of a quiet country lane so take care of traffic at this point. One stretch follows a narrow fenced footpath which is prone to becoming overgrown in late summer (although an alternative route along the road can be used instead if necessary). Allow 1 to 1.5 hours (depending on the conditions underfoot).
Buriton is a small village in East Hampshire, about 2 miles south of Petersfield. The walk starts and finishes in the free gravel car park alongside St Mary’s Church and the village duck pond (at the junction between High Street and North Lane). Approximate post code GU31 5RT.
|Start to Buriton Chalk Pits|
Start point: 50.9748 lat, -0.9476 long
The walk begins outside St Mary’s Church. St Mary’s has a long history. There has been a church on this site since at least 1086 when the previous church was listed in the Domesday Book. The building you see today has its origins in the late 1100s, including the font which is made of Purbeck marble. The west end window is a memorial to John Goodyer, a famous botanist born in the late 1500s, who is buried in the churchyard.
|Buriton Chalk Pits to South Downs Way|
Start point: 50.9731 lat, -0.9534 long
For about 70 years up until World War II there was a great deal of industry on these chalk slopes. Scores of workers excavated the chalk ready for burning in a series of lime kilns. During the war, the admiralty used the site for enemy mine disposal. The site was then abandoned and it subsequently became a nature reserve, now rich in flora and fauna.
|South Downs Way to Coulters Dean Farm|
Start point: 50.9728 lat, -0.956 long
Turn left along the tarmac lane, signed as a no-through-road. Follow this lane, climbing steadily, and at the brow of the rise ignore the footpath signed to the right. Continue along the lane, still part of the South Downs Way, passing some cottages on your right and then keeping ahead along the stone track.
|Coulters Dean Farm to Buriton House|
Start point: 50.9699 lat, -0.9366 long
Continue ahead on the tarmac access lane and follow it as it swings left (still signed as the South Downs Way). Just before the lane swings right, turn left onto the stone track signed as a Public Byway. This track is known locally as the Milky Way, due to its white chalk surface. NOTE: The track can get very muddy at times.
|Buriton House to End|
Start point: 50.9785 lat, -0.9394 long
A few metres later, just before you reach the road junction, turn left up the stone steps to join the signed footpath. (NOTE: This path includes these steps, two kissing gates and can be overgrown in later summer so, if you prefer, you can simply turn left at the road junction and follow this road, North Lane, back to the starting point).
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2016 by the author clairesharpuk 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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