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The Jack Russell Inn and Faccombe Estate Trail

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The Jack Russell Inn and Faccombe Estate Trail
Author: Claire, Published: 12 Feb 2018 Walk 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 UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Hampshire, Faccombe
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
The Jack Russell Inn and Faccombe Estate Trail
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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A 3 mile circular pub walk from the beautiful estate village of Faccombe in Hampshire. The Jack Russell Inn is the perfect spot for post-ramble refreshments, where you can enjoy delicious estate fare with real fires in the winter or garden views of the village pond in the summer. The walking route explores the estate thoroughfares, following farm tracks and woodland paths through the beautiful rolling hills. It is a peaceful journey with plenty of wildlife, wildflowers and lovely vistas along the way.

The walk includes several climbs and descents throughout, a couple of which are quite steep. For the most part the walk follows ancient tracks and paths but there is one stretch along a quiet country lane, so take care of traffic at this point. Some of the chalk paths can become muddy and slippery when wet, so good boots are a must (or wellies with good grips in the winter). There are no stiles or kissing gates on route; you will only need to negotiate a few gaps alongside farm gates. You will not be sharing any of the paths with livestock, but there are plenty of gamebirds around so take care with dogs. Allow 1.5 hours.

Faccombe is located on the North Downs in the north of Hampshire, close to the border with Berkshire. It is 8 miles from Andover and 6 miles from Newbury. The walk starts and finishes at The Jack Russell Inn, directly opposite the village pond. The pub has its own large car park. Approximate post code SP11 0DS.

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Walk Sections

Start to Woodland
Start to Woodland

Start point: 51.3191 lat, -1.4409 long
End point: 51.3194 lat, -1.435 long

The walk begins directly outside The Jack Russell Inn. Before or after your walk, you might want to explore the village itself, including the flint church. You will note the green colour of the doors, gutters and downpipes on the houses, a sure indicator of the village’s origins as part of a managed estate. Faccombe, the most northerly village in the county, is a classic example of an unspoilt estate village.

Standing with your back to the pub and facing the pretty village pond, turn left for a few paces to reach the fork (with a brick shelter ahead). Take the right-hand branch to reach a T-junction with the main village road, with the tall brick and flint wall for Faccombe Manor ahead, marking the centre of the Faccombe estate. Turn right along the road and, after just 60 metres, fork left onto the smaller road signed to Ashmansworth. This quiet lane leads you between sections of old parkland for the manor, with the remains of tree-lined avenues still visible.

Continue for around 250 metres to reach the second set of double metal gates on your left. If you look carefully you will also see a fingerpost hidden within the hedge on the left. Turn left here, passing through the narrow gap alongside the gate. Walk ahead on the grass track, following the hedge line on your left (with an open field to your right). Continue only as far as the junction where the open field on the right ends and woodland begins (there is a waymarker post on the left here). Turn right at this point to join the grass track and follow this as it leads you ahead into woodland.

Woodland to Curzon Street Farm
Woodland to Curzon Street Farm

Start point: 51.3194 lat, -1.435 long
End point: 51.3202 lat, -1.4286 long

Follow the path leading you downhill through the woodland (a haven for bluebells which is often thronging with bird song). Ignore the side paths off left and then right, just stay on the main path which leads you ahead and steeply downhill – take care as it can be slippery.

The path continues through a small clearing (which has an abundance of primroses and cowslips in the spring) and down to a T-junction with a field edge track. Turn right along this and the grassy track will lead you down to a crossroads with two brick and flint farm buildings to the right, Curzon Street Farm.

Curzon Street Farm to London Lane
Curzon Street Farm to London Lane

Start point: 51.3202 lat, -1.4286 long
End point: 51.3118 lat, -1.4296 long

Turn sharp right at this crossroads junction, following a stone vehicle track which passes the brick and flint building immediately on your left. Just a few metres after passing this building you will come to a fingerpost on your left (and a choice of three tracks ahead). Take the left-hand grass track, which is signed as the public footpath.

Follow this grass track for some distance as it swings right and then continues running alongside the valley bottom. At the far end of the track, you will emerge alongside farm gates to reach a junction with a lane. Do NOT take the footpath opposite, instead turn right along the lane itself (taking care of any traffic). After about 300 metres, where the lane bends right, go straight ahead to join a woodland footpath. This is an ancient thoroughfare known as London Lane.

London Lane to End
London Lane to End

Start point: 51.3118 lat, -1.4296 long
End point: 51.3192 lat, -1.441 long

Follow the path climbing quite steeply through the pretty woodland and eventually you will emerge to a junction of grass tracks. Go straight ahead here, to continue on the London Lane woodland path. Eventually, the tree-lined path swings left and emerges to a crossroads with a country lane. Cross over the lane with care and go ahead, passing alongside the metal gates to join a wide grass avenue, known as Green Lane.

Follow the grass avenue which leads you ahead to a T-junction. Turn right here and continue on the grass avenue for another long straight stretch. The grass track ends at a metal barn. Pass to the right of this and continue ahead on the stone farm track which leads you out (alongside metal gates) to a junction with the village road. Turn right along the village road and this will lead you directly back to The Jack Russell Inn on your left for some well-earned hospitality.

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1 comments for "The Jack Russell Inn and Faccombe Estate Trail"

lovely easy to follow walk...nice pub at end for a lovely relax after.

By em79 on 18 Feb 2018

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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One of the stone farm buildings that you will pass on the route
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Green Lane
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The Jack Russell Inn, February 2017

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