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Stoke Park Woods and Upper Barn Copse

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Stoke Park Woods and Upper Barn Copse
Author: Penny Hastings, Published: 02 Jul 2018 Walk Rating:star1 Stoke Park Woods and Upper Barn Copse, Hampshirestar1 Stoke Park Woods and Upper Barn Copse, Hampshirestar1 Stoke Park Woods and Upper Barn Copse, Hampshirestar1 Stoke Park Woods and Upper Barn Copse, Hampshirestar1 Stoke Park Woods and Upper Barn Copse, Hampshire
Hampshire, Bishopstoke
Walk Type: Woodland
Stoke Park Woods and Upper Barn Copse
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Stoke Park Woods and Upper Barn Copse, Hampshire boot Stoke Park Woods and Upper Barn Copse, Hampshire
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An idyllic walk of just under 4 miles close to Bishopstoke, through ancient woodland and pristine Hampshire countryside. This walk is rich in wildlife and stunning in spring with its bluebells. It is also very tranquil because, unlike some Hampshire walks, it doesn't suffer from motorway noise. At the time of writing (Summer 2018) this is a beautiful tranquil walk through countryside, but it is worth noting that there are long-term plans by Eastleigh Borough Council to sadly infill the large area of farmland between the two woods with housing and to turn the bridleway into a through-road. If this happens, the walk will still be accessible, but will be different in nature.

The walk is very popular with dog walkers and families (there are wooden climbing frames, benches, picnic tables, and a bike track en route). There are no roads, just a variety of paths and one bridleway. The woods are interspersed with several streams which either have bridges or stepping stones which are all negotiable with care. In Stoke Park Woods there are several very well made paths which are always dry but if you are going to follow the smaller paths these can get a bit muddy, so stout walking boots are recommended. You will need to negotiate one kissing gate but there are no stiles. The route is relatively flat. Allow 1.5-2 hours. (For a shorter version you could walk around either Stoke Park Wood or Upper Barn Copse and there are plenty of alternative paths to choose from, particularly in Stoke Park Wood.)

Bishopstoke is a village in the borough of Eastleigh, Hampshire. It is within easy reach of the M3. Leave the motorway at Junction 13 and head down Leigh Road (A335) to Eastleigh. When you reach the Point Theatre, take the one way system to your left. At the roundabout take Bishopstoke Road (A3037). Turn left into Underwood Road, then right into Colchester Avenue, then right into Stoke Park Road. At the end of Stoke Park Road is a small car park and the entrance to the woods. The approximate post code is SO50 6BW. If the car park is full, there is roadside parking available too.

Walk Sections

Start to Wooden Walkthrough
Start to Wooden Walkthrough

Start point: 50.9745 lat, -1.3278 long
End point: 50.974 lat, -1.3157 long

Begin standing in the car park with the approach road behind you. Take the narrow track to the left of the car park and follow the perimeter fence around the edge of the wood. The woods are to your right. Keep the houses and fields to your left. After some distance, you will reach a staggered set of wooden walkthrough fencing at the edge of the wood on your left (picture). Turn left here to take the path through the fencing, heading away from the woods and up the hill.

Wooden Walkthrough to Bridleway
Wooden Walkthrough to Bridleway

Start point: 50.974 lat, -1.3157 long
End point: 50.9774 lat, -1.3152 long

Follow the enclosed path up between the fields to reach a junction with a bridleway. Turn right to join the bridleway and go along for just a very short stretch.

Bridleway to Concealed Path
Bridleway to Concealed Path

Start point: 50.9774 lat, -1.3152 long
End point: 50.9771 lat, -1.3142 long

Just a little way up the bridleway, on the left is a small gap in the hedge. This is the westerly most entrance to Upper Barn Copse, but it is quite well hidden.

Concealed Path to Kissing Gate
Concealed Path to Kissing Gate

Start point: 50.9771 lat, -1.3142 long
End point: 50.9773 lat, -1.3078 long

Take the concealed path and follow the perimeter path around the edge of the wood, keeping the fence on your left and the main area of woodland on your right. The path will take you right around Upper Barn Close, eventually bringing you out at a gate and a kissing gate which joins up with the bridleway again.

Kissing Gate to Crossroads
Kissing Gate to Crossroads

Start point: 50.9773 lat, -1.3078 long
End point: 50.9762 lat, -1.3059 long

Follow the bridleway ahead which will take you from Upper Barn Copse back to Stoke Park Woods. When you reach the point where several footpaths meet, go straight on a little way and then take the path into Crowdhill Copse to your right. The Woodland Trust cares for this area.

Crossroads to Double Gates
Crossroads to Double Gates

Start point: 50.9762 lat, -1.3059 long
End point: 50.9725 lat, -1.3111 long

The path here is well made. Follow it down to some double gates.

Double Gates to Log Pile
Double Gates to Log Pile

Start point: 50.9725 lat, -1.3111 long
End point: 50.9713 lat, -1.3117 long

Follow the path, continuing through the double gates and ahead to reach a large log pile at a crossroads where several paths meet. This path is very well made. You can see in the photograph, that if you go straight on for a short distance when you reach the crossroads, there is a much smaller path to the right of the log pile. Take this path.

Log Pile to Bridge
Log Pile to Bridge

Start point: 50.9713 lat, -1.3117 long
End point: 50.9704 lat, -1.3123 long

(NOTE: The remainder of the walk can be harder to navigate - remember to use the iFootpath App's live GPS map to help. If you would rather follow an easier route, turn right at the log pile and follow the main track back to the car park instead.)

Follow this much smaller and more winding path. It will lead you downhill to a bridge.

Bridge to Sign at Main Track
Bridge to Sign at Main Track

Start point: 50.9704 lat, -1.3123 long
End point: 50.97 lat, -1.3141 long

Cross the bridge and bear right and uphill. The path is narrow and more winding to follow at this point, because it is not a main track. Your aim is to follow a route heading west along the bottom edge of Stoke Park Woods. At the end of the winding path you should reach another main track with a Hampshire Countryside Services sign.

Sign at Main Track to Climbing Frame
Sign at Main Track to Climbing Frame

Start point: 50.97 lat, -1.3141 long
End point: 50.9701 lat, -1.3253 long

Bear left to join the main track past the Hampshire Countrywide Services sign and keep going on this main track (quite a long way) until you reach a climbing frame on your left.

Climbing Frame to End
Climbing Frame to End

Start point: 50.9701 lat, -1.3253 long
End point: 50.9696 lat, -1.3259 long

Take the path down past the climbing frame, keeping it on your right. Just beyond the climbing frame is a stream. Cross to its far side to reach a small path on the right which leads around the edge of the wood. Take this path, keeping the houses on your left and the woods on your right. This path will lead you back to the car park where the walk began.

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1 Comments for: "Stoke Park Woods and Upper Barn Copse"

A very lovely walk on my doorstep which I have never discovered before. Got a bit lost at the beginning - as you just "enter" the car park, take the narrow track immediately to the left. Then follow the track, keep walking along the edge of the wood for quite a while, you will eventually reach the gate shown in the first picture. All the pictures in this walk are particularly useful as landmarks. As mentioned in the description, the last section is hard to navigate. Just keep the general directions correct (head west at the beginning). We didn't manage to follow the instruction but still find our way back by checking directions and asking people.

ADMIN RESPONSE: Woodlands are always harder to navigate as they have few landmarks. Remember to use the iFootpath App's live map to keep you on track, this shows your live location (a blue dot) on the route map (a red line) and will prevent any wrong turns. Just tap the Map button (top right) from any of the directions pages on the App to open the live map.

By kathysyy on 01 Sep 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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