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|Author: seekin, Published: 07 Nov 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Hampshire, Hampshire Sussex border|
|A pleasant 4 mile circular walk starting and ending in Finchdean, Hampshire. The walk includes woodland and open downland with glimpses of the Solent. It includes the ancient church of St Hubert's which has some recently discovered wall paintings. |
On the walk you will encounter a number of stiles and kissing gates and one field where cattle may be grazing. Allow 2 hours.
Finchdean is a small village which lies to the north of Rowlands Castle and to the east of Horndean. From Rowlands Castle travel north up the Finchdean Road. After one mile turn left onto Dean Lane. You will reach Finchdean, in 0.4 of a mile. The postcode in the centre of the village is PO8 0AY and the lat-lng is 50.910129 -0.950824.
|Start to Woods|
Start point: 50.9098 lat, -0.9513 long
Finchdean is a very small village with just one pub. Our walk starts out by walking down the road opposite the pub. It is easily identified by a red telephone box which we leave to our right. After 200 metres or so we meet Ashcroft Lane coming in from the right. Just after they join there is a footpath sign on the left. Ignore this sign but follow the one on the right which is opposite (but is obscured until you reach the gap in the hedge). Go through the gap on the right and follow the direction of the road but now in a field to the right of the hedge. At the end of the field turn left to exit back onto the road and go across to a footpath opposite. Again the footpath sign is somewhat obscured. The footpath goes to the right.
|Woods to T-Junction|
Start point: 50.9193 lat, -0.9707 long
Continue through the wood going gently downhill. After about 450 metres you will exit the wood. Bear left, now with a fence on your left and a hedge on your right. After a further 40 metres you will meet a road. Cross the road to continue straight on, on a new footpath with a fingerpost on your left. This path climbs steadily.
|T-Junction to Pasture|
Start point: 50.9195 lat, -0.9533 long
At the T-junction of paths turn right and after a short distance turn left down a track. The track now has a hedge of trees on your right and, after a short distance, opens to fields on your left with expansive views across to St Hubert's Church and beyond. After 380 metres you will meet a road at a T-junction.
|Pasture to End|
Start point: 50.914 lat, -0.9435 long
The field ahead does some times hold cattle. If you are concerned you can avoid the cattle by walking either down to the bottom of the field or up to the top depending where the cattle are. The topography of the field is such that the top of the field cannot be seen from the bottom and vice versa. Personally I have walked through the cattle with a dog on a number of occasions without any problem. The correct route crosses the field at a slight angle to the left and ends at a stile.
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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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