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Ashford Hill and Baughurst

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Ashford Hill and Baughurst
Author: Martin, Published: 20 Nov 2018 Walk Rating:star1 Ashford Hill and Baughurst Hampshire Walkstar1 Ashford Hill and Baughurst Hampshire Walkstar1 Ashford Hill and Baughurst Hampshire Walkstar1 Ashford Hill and Baughurst Hampshire Walkstar1 Ashford Hill and Baughurst Hampshire Walk
Hampshire, Ashford Hill
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Ashford Hill and Baughurst
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty: boot Ashford Hill and Baughurst Hampshire Walk boot Ashford Hill and Baughurst Hampshire Walk
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A varied 5.5 mile circular walk from the village of Ashford Hill in Hampshire. The route is a mixture of woodland tracks and open fields, and includes the Ashford Hill National Nature Reserve.

The route is generally flat with a few slopes but no particularly steep sections. Most of the walk is on woodland tracks or across fields, with just a few short sections of quiet road. The woodland paths and the Nature Reserve can get muddy after wet weather. There is one stile (which should be easy for a dog to pass) and various gates including kissing gates. Two vehicle barrier gates in the woodland section were locked at the time of writing, but it was easy to duck under the metal bar of the gate. Allow 2.5 to 3 hours.

Some of the woodland sections have many footpaths branching off the main route, so it is best to follow the Live GPS Map on the iFootpath App.

Ashford Hill is located about 3 miles north-east of Kingsclere, Hampshire and is accessible from the A339. The walk starts and finishes in the recreation ground car park in Chapel Lane off the B3051 in Ashford Hill. Approximate postcode is RG19 8BE.

Walk Sections

Start to Intersection
Start to Intersection

Start point: 51.3556 lat, -1.2037 long
End point: 51.3555 lat, -1.2037 long

Leaving the car park under the height restriction barrier, walk straight down Chapel Lane towards the main road B3051. At the road turn right along the pavement, cross the side road Ashford Hill Road but stay on the B3051. Soon you will see Butlers Garden Machinery on the left side of the road. Cross the road there, and walk down the track to the left of the Butlers building.

The track goes down into a dip, and then goes uphill and curves right. At the top of the slope the track curves left, then fork right onto the footpath and pass the farm buildings on your left. The footpath widens out and you follow this until you come to a large intersection of footpaths.

Intersection to The Holt
Intersection to The Holt

Start point: 51.3511 lat, -1.1957 long
End point: 51.3479 lat, -1.1964 long

Turn right at the footpath intersection, and ignoring various side paths, continue on until you come to a green single bar gate where the track meets open fields. If this gate is locked it is easy to duck under the single bar. Immediately after the gate, at the junction of paths, turn left and follow the wide path along the edge of open fields.

The Holt to Ham Lane
The Holt to Ham Lane

Start point: 51.3479 lat, -1.1964 long
End point: 51.3395 lat, -1.1851 long

Follow the wide path with open fields on your right. Where the wide path starts to curve left, turn right into a narrower path and duck under another green single bar gate. This narrower track curves right then left before heading downhill to cross a small bridge. After the bridge the track goes back uphill and curves slightly left.

At the top of the slope, with fields on your right, follow the track straight ahead until you meet a road. Turn right here, and almost immediately turn left into Ham Lane. Shortly after Snowdrop Cottage the road turns sharp right, but take the footpath signposted to your left.

Ham Lane to Violet Lane
Ham Lane to Violet Lane

Start point: 51.3395 lat, -1.1851 long
End point: 51.3409 lat, -1.1726 long

About 70 metres after the footpath finger sign, ignore the first path to your left, and take the track that curves round to the right. You will come to a large gate with a metal kissing gate on its right, and a smaller metal gate to the left. Take the small left gate, and follow the track uphill and curving right. This track continues on for some time weaving between trees (note the ground is slightly uneven with tree roots here).

After some time, you will come to a wooden gate. Once you have passed through this gate, after a few metres take the path to your right. Follow this track straight ahead with fields on both sides, and you will come to a road (Violet Lane). At the road, cross over and take the footpath straight ahead through another wooden gate. The path continues with fences on both sides.

Violet Lane to Chapel Lane
Violet Lane to Chapel Lane

Start point: 51.3409 lat, -1.1726 long
End point: 51.3466 lat, -1.1673 long

Follow the path between fences, and you then come to a stile followed by a small bridge. After that, continue for some time with fences on both sides until the footpath forks slightly left, and passes though a wooden gate. With a farm building in front of you, the path curves sharp left. Then follow the path straight ahead till you come to a green sign showing permitted footpath by landowner.

The path passes between fences on both sides, then turns right, and at the top of the field turns left. It passes through a wooden gate, then reaches a driveway (Chapel Lane) where you should turn left. Follow the driveway and pass through a five bar gate with a tall beech hedge on its right. Continue along the path between hedges to another small wooden gate where the path now opens out into fields.

Chapel Lane to Inhurst Lane
Chapel Lane to Inhurst Lane

Start point: 51.3466 lat, -1.1673 long
End point: 51.3494 lat, -1.1786 long

Once you are in open fields the path curves right, then follow it to the corner of the field where it passes through some trees and there is a small wooden boardwalk. At the field edge, turn right following the large green footpath sign, and then the path curves left at the corner of the field. Follow the field edge to the end, pass to the right of a metal gate and turn right into Violet Lane.

At the junction turn right, then shortly afterwards turn left into Inhurst Lane signposted Haughurst Hill. Shortly on your left there is a footpath sign next to a metal gate. Follow the footpath which curves left until you reach a large green footpath sign.

Inhurst Lane to Haughurst Hill
Inhurst Lane to Haughurst Hill

Start point: 51.3494 lat, -1.1786 long
End point: 51.352 lat, -1.1879 long

At this sign take the path diagonally across the field and enter the woods. Ignore the path immediately to your right, and shortly afterwards at the footpath junction go straight ahead (following the purple signs for the Brenda Parker Way). The footpath follows a fence and passes some large houses with steeply sloping gardens on your right. Eventually it comes out into open land.

Haughurst Hill to Nature Reserve
Haughurst Hill to Nature Reserve

Start point: 51.352 lat, -1.1879 long
End point: 51.3551 lat, -1.197 long

Follow the path diagonally across the field, but part way across the field the path forks right and you pass through a wooden kissing gate with a Nature Reserve Information board. The path curves left and then meets a stretch of boardwalk with the stream on your left. Follow the boardwalk for some time, and it comes to a bridge on your left. Cross the bridge, then turn right.

Nature Reserve to End
Nature Reserve to End

Start point: 51.3551 lat, -1.197 long
End point: 51.3555 lat, -1.2036 long

Follow the field edge and eventually the path becomes a track and passes through a metal kissing gate to the right of a larger vehicle gate. When you reach the road (B3051) turn left, then shortly afterwards cross over taking care as it is a busy road. Continue left up the road then turn right into Chapel Lane. Follow the lane past some houses and shortly you will be back at the car park where you started.

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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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