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|Acres Down Woodland|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 25 Mar 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Hampshire, New Forest|
|A circular woodland walk of just less than 3 miles through a beautiful section of the New Forest called Acres Down near the tiny village of Minstead, north of Lyndhurst in Hampshire. |
The walk follows wide, well-made gravel tracks and all the slopes are quite gentle making it fairly easy walking. There are no gates or stiles. As part of the New Forest, Acres Down does have free roaming ponies so you’re likely to come across some of these both in the car park and throughout the walk. To reach the car park you will need to drive through a ford. Approximate time 1 to 1.5 hours.
Free parking is available for the walk in the small Forestry Commission Acres Down car park. The area has lots of tiny lanes so better to use a map to plan your route rather than relying on Sat Nav! The car park is accessed from Forest Road (near Newtown, between Stoney Cross and Emery Down) and the small access lane is signed Acres Down ¼ mile. Follow the small lane through the ford (note this can be quite deep after heavy rain) and past the Acres Down farm shop on the left. Fork right to follow the short section of lane to the entrance gate for Acres Down – the car park is on the left. Approximate post code SO43 7GE.
|Car Park to Grass Crossroads|
Start point: 50.8864 lat, -1.621 long
To start the walk, go straight ahead past the low level gate and with the marker post signed for Bolder Wood. Follow the path gradually sloping downhill. As it levels off at the bottom follow it round two sharp bends - first to the right and then to the left.
|Grass Crossroads to View Point|
Start point: 50.8868 lat, -1.6284 long
Continue straight ahead here on the main track. Follow the path first along a short straight section and then as it snakes first right and then more sharply to the left. Continue over another grass crossroads and then follow the track as it continues to snake through the woodland for almost a mile. Eventually you will come to a five ways junction of tracks with views over the valley to the right.
|View Point to Car Park|
Start point: 50.8836 lat, -1.64 long
Continue straight on here along the main track. Follow the track gradually sloping downhill. At the bottom of the hill you will reach a T-junction with another track. Turn left here. Follow this main stone track for a mile, ignoring all the smaller tracks off to the left and right, all the way back to the car park.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2012 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
|By NezhyboretsO on 2012-10-30 10:02:17|
This is the perfect walk for cyclists, buggies and wheelchairs. We saw LOADS of horses too 😀
|By Pob75 on 2015-02-28 15:01:09|
nice gentle walk. lovely scenery.
|By allthegiants on 2015-10-18 16:33:53|
Easy walk on cycle path and over a stream. At the other end you come to a Canadian memorial. Cross the road you can walk to Bolderwood and to the deer sanctuary.
|By halfpenny on 2015-10-23 17:26:06|
Sharon Libby: Acres Down walk in New Forest....gorgeous walk...and the pub in Minstead equally lovely. Great App as you can't get lost...!!!
|By Facebook on 2016-08-27 12:53:24|
Great autumn walk as dry underfoot and lovely colours through the woods. Tearoom at Minstead is very good
|By ianclarke on 2016-11-20 07:39:19|
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