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Alice Holt Lodge Pond Trail

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Alice Holt Lodge Pond Trail
Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 22 Mar 2012 Walk rating : Rating:star1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Surrey, Farnham
Walk Type: Woodland
Alice Holt Lodge Pond Trail
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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A figure-of-eight woodland walk of just less than 3 miles through Alice Holt Forest in Surrey. The walk gives a lovely mixture of typical woodland tracks along with a short stretch alongside Lodge Pond and then a section of the sculpture trail giving younger family members (or those young at heart!) the chance to play on the giant owl, woodpecker and butterfly.

The walk follows narrow woodland tracks which have lots of exposed tree roots and will be very muddy after wet weather or in winter. The walk has a few steady climbs and descents and there are a couple of sections with steps. The route is waymarked and there are no stiles or gates. Dogs are welcome in the forest. Approximate time 1 to 1.5 hours.

The walk starts from the main largest car park (pay and display) in the Alice Holt Forest visitor centre. The forest centre is signed off the A325 south of Farnham. Follow the entrance lane all the way into the complex and park in the furthest car park – beyond the education centre. Approximate post code GU10 4LS.

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Walk Sections

Car Park to Long Mile Ride
Car Park to Long Mile Ride

Start point: 51.1698 lat, -0.8408 long
End point: 51.1747 lat, -0.8403 long

The walk starts in the largest main car park in Alice Holt – the one at the far side of the education centre. With the education centre across to your left, leave the car park through a gap in the fence at the back on a narrow tarmac path to reach the first waymark. The walk is waymarked throughout with a blue footprints and arrows but take care as some of the posts aren’t completely obvious.

Follow the blue arrow taking the right fork at the first T-junction and follow this path heading slightly down hill and winding into the trees. At the T-junction with the main stone lane, turn left for just a few paces and then turn right down shallow steps to cross a small stream and then back up more steps.

Follow the forest trail winding through the trees taking care with the exposed tree roots. Pass by a bench and then follow the path downhill to cross a second stream via more steps. Follow the path as it bends sharp left. At the next fork turn right, following the path uphill and bending a long way round to the right.

Continue along the now straight long path and you will come to a crossroads.

Long Mile Ride to Lodge Pond
Long Mile Ride to Lodge Pond

Start point: 51.1747 lat, -0.8403 long
End point: 51.1801 lat, -0.8373 long

Go straight ahead over the crossroads onto the long straight path through the forest known as Long Mile Ride. This section can be quite muddy but you can use small detours through the trees to avoid the worst of it.

Follow the path for some distance and eventually it will begin to climb. As the path levels off turn sharp left onto a smaller path winding into the trees. Pass through a staggered fence to meet a T-junction with another path. Turn left here. Soon you will meet a much wider stone track. Cross diagonally to the left to a path marked for Lodge Pond.

Continue ahead and the pond will soon come into view. Go straight over another stone path and go ahead onto a smaller grass path to meet the banks of the pond.

Lodge Pond to Old Stagecoach Road
Lodge Pond to Old Stagecoach Road

Start point: 51.1801 lat, -0.8373 long
End point: 51.1775 lat, -0.8383 long

Turn left to follow the narrow path with the pond directly to your right. You’ll see a picnic area through the trees to your left. Opposite a wide gravel fishing bay for disabled use, turn left passing the picnic area on the left. As you meet a stone parking area turn right, and then follow the path as it bends to the left out of the small car park.

After just a few paces you will meet a T-junction with a much wider stone track – Old Stagecoach Road.

Old Stagecoach Road to Owl Sculpture
Old Stagecoach Road to Owl Sculpture

Start point: 51.1775 lat, -0.8383 long
End point: 51.1731 lat, -0.8376 long

Take time to admire the view directly ahead across the valley and forest, and then turn right to follow the wide stone track. After about 400 yards, turn left onto a narrower stone track heading between the trees and starting a steady descent.

You will soon meet the crossroads that you crossed (right to left) earlier. Don’t be confused by the multiple waymarks here which mark the route in both directions. Go straight ahead and follow the path as it curves to the left. After 100 yards, turn right off the main path onto a smaller mud path winding through the trees. You will reach a T-junction with a main path, with the large owl play sculpture on your right.

Owl Sculpture to Car Park
Owl Sculpture to Car Park

Start point: 51.1731 lat, -0.8376 long
End point: 51.1693 lat, -0.8393 long

The owl sculpture is one of a handful of sculptures in this section of the forest intended to encourage youngsters to climb aboard to discover the local habitat. Turn left onto the main track heading away from the owl. Soon you will pass a woodpecker sculpture and then a butterfly sculpture on the left.

At the crossroads in the path, turn right to follow the wide track rolling downhill. On the right you will pass the giant’s play area (with the giant’s enormous chair and crayons clearly in sight!). Continue straight on here going back up hill. As you reach the brow of the hill you will see another play area through the trees on the right. Immediately after it turn right and follow the narrow mud track which skirts the edge of the play area on the right.

Follow the path as it crosses over a stone wider track and continues again into the trees. After a just few paces turn right signed for the Forest Centre and you will pass by a giant wooden cube on the left which contains a 3D maze. As you come to a T-junction with a fenced play area ahead, turn right and follow the path with the fence to your left. At the end turn right to reach 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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