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|Burley and Shappen Hill|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 24 Mar 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Hampshire, New Forest|
|A 2.3 mile circular walk across a beautiful section of heathland within the New Forest starting from the village of Burley. Roaming with the famous New Forest ponies you'll follow the paths through the heath alongside Shappen Bottom before following a short section of an old railway and then returning via Shappen Hill. |
There are no stiles or gates and the climbs and descents are all quite gentle. The heath paths will be muddy after wet weather and you will share them with free roaming ponies and cattle. As with any area of heathland take care with dogs to avoid disturbing ground nesting birds and adders. Approximate time 1 hour.
The walk starts from the free Forestry Commission car park just outside the village of Burley in Hampshire. Leave Burley village along The Cross and keep right (avoiding Chapel Lane). The car park is on the right and is marked with a green Forestry Commission 'Burley' car park sign. The entrance is directly opposite Cott Lane and the Burley Cricket Club car park. Approximate post code BH24 4BB.
|Car Park to Shappen Bottom Bridge|
Start point: 50.8248 lat, -1.6973 long
Follow the main car park entrance track away from the road with the trees on your right. After just a few paces (before you meet the low level gate) turn left through some small wooden posts and then fork immediately right onto a narrow path between gorse, avoiding the wider left hand gravel path.
|Shappen Bottom Bridge to Old Railway Crossing|
Start point: 50.8165 lat, -1.6947 long
Just a few paces after passing the bridge, take the right hand fork just before the path crosses again under the cables. Continue through the open heathland. Commoners' cattle, ponies and donkeys roam throughout the open heath and much of the woodland, and it is largely their grazing that maintains the open character of the New Forest.
|Old Railway Crossing to Railway Gates|
Start point: 50.8131 lat, -1.6908 long
Turn right to follow the old railway. After about 500 metres you will come to a small clump of trees and four concrete/metal posts marking the old railway gates. Turn right here to follow the obvious path back across the stream and a section of wetland. Lookout for wetland birds that live in the reeds here.
|Railway Gates to Car Park|
Start point: 50.8136 lat, -1.6973 long
Stay on the main track ahead, heading uphill and ignoring paths going off to the left and right. As you climb the hill (Shappen Hill) you will pass back under the overhead cables. At the top of Shappen Hill continue ahead as a wider path merges in from the right.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2012 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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