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Ashurst and Deerleap Enclosure

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Ashurst and Deerleap Enclosure
Author: Ray Ingram, Published: 12 Mar 2018 Walk Rating:star1 Ashurst and Deerleap Enclosure Walking Guidestar1 Ashurst and Deerleap Enclosure Walking Guidestar1 Ashurst and Deerleap Enclosure Walking Guidestar0 Ashurst and Deerleap Enclosure Walking Guidestar0 Ashurst and Deerleap Enclosure Walking Guide
Hampshire, New Forest
Walk Type: Woodland
Ashurst and Deerleap Enclosure
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Ashurst and Deerleap Enclosure Walking Guide boot Ashurst and Deerleap Enclosure Walking Guide
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This is a 4 mile circular gentle walk from Ashurst in the New Forest, Hampshire, that is very popular with dog owners, joggers and cyclists. It follows paths and tracks around the Deerleap Enclosure within the New Forest. The walk is quite picturesque and if you are minded to extend it, you can add a stretch in the Longdown Enclosure, before retuning to the Deerleap Enclosure.

The walk is fairly easy-going. You will need to negotiate several simple gates, but there are no stiles or steps on route. Wild ponies quite often graze along the first stretch of gravel track, so it is advisable to keep dogs on a lead until you reach the enclosure gate. Once through the enclosure gate, its safe to let well-behaved dogs run freely, but please do watch out for the occasional pony or deer that are sometimes in the enclosure. Allow 2 hours.

The walk starts at the free public car park in Ashurst, which is adjacent to The Happy Cheese public house. Approximate post code SO40 7AR. If this car park is full, there is a row of additional parking in front of The Happy Cheese (2 hours maximum stay), or if you are intending to take refreshments in the pub, they usually do not mind you using their car park as you qualify as customers. If you are coming by train, Ashurst New Forest rail station is just a five-minute walk from the starting point.

Walk Sections

Start to Forest Gate
Start to Forest Gate

Start point: 50.8916 lat, -1.5238 long
End point: 50.8915 lat, -1.5224 long

Start in the public car park (pictured) and walk along the lane on the right-hand side of the pub, past a motor vehicle workshop and other buildings, until you reach the forest gate.

Forest Gate to Deerleap Gate and Ranger's Cottage
Forest Gate to Deerleap Gate and Ranger's Cottage

Start point: 50.8915 lat, -1.5224 long
End point: 50.8906 lat, -1.517 long

Proceed through the forest gate (pictured - please make sure that the gate is securely closed behind you) and walk ahead along the the gravel track to the reach the Ranger's Cottage and Deerleap Gate.

Deerleap Gate and Ranger's Cottage to Longdown Gate
Deerleap Gate and Ranger's Cottage to Longdown Gate

Start point: 50.8906 lat, -1.517 long
End point: 50.8746 lat, -1.5116 long

The Deerleap Gate (pictured) is adjacent to the Ranger's Cottage. Turn right to proceed through this gate, and please ensure that the gate is securely shut after you. Go ahead to join the forest track and follow this for about 2km, ignoring any side paths, to reach the southern end of Deerleap Enclosure.

Longdown Gate to Left Turn
Longdown Gate to Left Turn

Start point: 50.8746 lat, -1.5116 long
End point: 50.882 lat, -1.5082 long

At the southern end of the Deerleap Enclosure, you will see Longdown Gate (pictured) which leads into the Longdown Enclosure. At this point, do NOT go through this gate, instead follow the main track which bends around to your left (almost a hairpin turn) to continue the walk.

(Alternatively, you can extend your walk if you wish by going into the Longdown Enclosure via the gate, before returning back to this point to complete the walk).

After the sharp left-hand bend, continue on the track for about 1km, ignoring the first side track to reach the second side track on your left.

Left Turn to T Junction
Left Turn to T Junction

Start point: 50.882 lat, -1.5082 long
End point: 50.8866 lat, -1.5206 long

At this point (pictured), you must take a left turn (otherwise you will end up at Deerleap Lane and a long way from your start point). After turning left, follow the track for a further 1km, until you reach a T-junction.

T Junction to End
T Junction to End

Start point: 50.8866 lat, -1.5206 long
End point: 50.8917 lat, -1.5239 long

At the T-junction (pictured), turn right and you will now be back on the track that you walked as part of the outward leg (just after entering Deerleap Enclosure). Follow the track back to the Deerleap Gate, go through this, turn left and walk along the gravel track, back to the car park.

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3 comments for "Ashurst and Deerleap Enclosure"

Very straightforward easy walk

By lwelsh on 08 Aug 2018

Easy walk for beginners. To easy if you are used to getting out.

By jaywey87 on 12 Jul 2018

A veryboring walk.

By pawhittingha on 21 Jun 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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10236_0Ray5pipers1520527172 Ashurst and Deerleap Enclosure Walking Guide Image by: Ray Ingram
Uploaded: 08 Mar 2018
View of The Happy Cheese as seen just after turning off of the main A35 road and looking in a westerly direction. Opening times are 11:00 am Monday the Saturday and 12:00 Noon on Sunday

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