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Cliddesden and Ellisfield

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Cliddesden and Ellisfield
Author: Martin, Published: 11 Dec 2018 Walk Rating:star1 Cliddesden and Ellisfield Hampshire Walking Guidestar1 Cliddesden and Ellisfield Hampshire Walking Guidestar1 Cliddesden and Ellisfield Hampshire Walking Guidestar1 Cliddesden and Ellisfield Hampshire Walking Guidestar0 Cliddesden and Ellisfield Hampshire Walking Guide
Hampshire, Cliddesden
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Cliddesden and Ellisfield
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty: boot Cliddesden and Ellisfield Hampshire Walking Guide boot Cliddesden and Ellisfield Hampshire Walking Guide boot Cliddesden and Ellisfield Hampshire Walking Guide
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A circular walk of just over 6 miles, taking in woodland tracks, byways and fields in the Hampshire countryside near Cliddesden. There are a few slopes, including some quite steep sections. Most of the walk is on woodland tracks or across fields, with a few very short sections of quiet road. Part of the route is along the old trackbed of the Basingstoke and Alton Light Railway, and the walk also includes a section of the long distance Three Castles Path. Some of the tracks can get muddy after wet weather. There are no stiles, but there are a number of gates including kissing gates. There are some fields where sheep were grazing at the time of writing. Allow 3.5 hours.

Cliddesden is located in open countryside about one mile SSW of Basingstoke and is accessible from the B3046. The starting point is at Cliddesden Primary School – there is parking outside the school but please avoid the school drop off and collection times. Approximate postcode is RG25 2QU.

Walk Sections

Start to Byway
Start to Byway

Start point: 51.2306 lat, -1.0925 long
End point: 51.231 lat, -1.0873 long

With the school building to your left, walk back out of the car park onto the road and keep going straight ahead. After about 300 metres, turn right into Hackwood Lane, and almost immediately, turn right again to join a wide track. The track goes down into a dip, then starts to climb again fairly steeply.

Byway to Three Castles Path
Byway to Three Castles Path

Start point: 51.231 lat, -1.0873 long
End point: 51.2239 lat, -1.0711 long

Continue up the slope to the top of the hill, then the path slopes downhill slightly until you reach a tarmac lane with a large farmhouse in front of you. Turn left here to follow the lane. After 300 metres you pass through the gap between the remains of an old railway bridge.

Immediately afterwards, follow the footpath sign to your right and walk up the slope to join the old track of the Basingstoke and Alton Light Railway which operated between 1901 and 1936. The path continues uphill in a large right-hand curve. After about 1km, the footpath leaves the railway route to the right, and slopes steeply downhill to a footpath junction next to an old building. Continue ahead on the track, and you will come to a fork of two paths. Take the larger, right-hand track, walking to the side of a metal gate to continue on the gentle uphill slope with trees to your left and a field to your right.

Three Castles Path to Fields
Three Castles Path to Fields

Start point: 51.2239 lat, -1.0711 long
End point: 51.2205 lat, -1.077 long

After a further 500 metres, the footpath turns slightly left off the main track (there are clear signs here pointing to the footpath and showing no public access up the main track). The footpath passes through a small area of woodland and comes out into a clearing. Turn left here and walk uphill to the top of the clearing, and then continue up the track along the right-hand field edge with woodland on your right.

Fields to Ellisfield
Fields to Ellisfield

Start point: 51.2205 lat, -1.077 long
End point: 51.2086 lat, -1.0885 long

Continue uphill with the woods to your right, and where a farm track leaves to your right with another “no public access” sign, the footpath continues straight ahead but enters the edge of the woods. It then continues uphill with the field still to your left. Continue straight along this path for some distance until the path comes to a road.

Turn right here and pass Ellisfield Memorial Hall on your right, then continue past St Martin’s Church on your left. Turn left by the church gate, and take the track that passes round the back of the church (don’t take the footpath over the stile immediately opposite the church gate). With the graveyard in front of you, the track bears right. Follow it to the end and pass through a kissing gate next to a metal gate. Then pass through a further wooden gate to enter a field.

Ellisfield to Green Lane
Ellisfield to Green Lane

Start point: 51.2086 lat, -1.0885 long
End point: 51.2066 lat, -1.0967 long

Continue diagonally across the field towards the woods opposite. Once you reach the woodland, turn right through the wooden gate and continue along the field edge with the woods to your left (there were sheep grazing in this field at the time of writing). Pass through a further wooden kissing gate and continue to the corner at the end of the woods. From here the path continues diagonally downhill, roughly in line with the overhead power lines.

At the bottom of the hill, almost opposite The Fox at Ellisfield pub, pass through another kissing gate onto Green Lane and turn right. Continue up the lane and, where it starts to curve to the right, take the field entrance to the left (there is a grit bin here).

Green Lane to Farleigh Wallop
Green Lane to Farleigh Wallop

Start point: 51.2066 lat, -1.0967 long
End point: 51.2108 lat, -1.1031 long

Pass through the gap in the fence and follow the footpath heading uphill towards the woods. Enter the woods, and follow the path ahead through the trees. After a while, you pass a right-hand path option, but ignore that and continue straight ahead until you reach a wooden gate at the edge of the woods. Pass through the gate and you are at the top of a large green slope.

Farleigh Wallop to Home Farm
Farleigh Wallop to Home Farm

Start point: 51.2108 lat, -1.1031 long
End point: 51.2174 lat, -1.1083 long

With the wooden gate behind you, head slightly right down the slope to meet a track at the bottom, and turn right onto that track to reach a wooden gate. Pass through the gate, then continue up the track with a thatched cottage on your right. The track curves slightly right, and eventually comes to a road (Grammarsham Lane).

Turn left here, and the road curves round to the right. Shortly after a large brick and flint house on your right, you come to the entrance to Home Farm on your right. Turn right here, and walk through the farm yard with the main farm buildings on your left. Continue straight on and follow the track slightly downhill.

Home Farm to St Andrew's Church
Home Farm to St Andrew's Church

Start point: 51.2174 lat, -1.1083 long
End point: 51.2236 lat, -1.1044 long

The track continues uphill, and forks slightly left then curves left and then right, and eventually passes St Andrew's Church on your left. This church is totally separated from the village of Farleigh Wallop as it is thought the surrounding houses were destroyed during the Civil War.

St Andrew's Church to End
St Andrew's Church to End

Start point: 51.2236 lat, -1.1044 long
End point: 51.2305 lat, -1.0925 long

If you want to visit the church it is a slight detour off the main route, down a footpath to your left. Otherwise, continue straight ahead downhill on the main track with distant views of Basingstoke across to your left. Eventually the track returns to Cliddesden Primary School where the walk began.

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3 Comments for: "Cliddesden and Ellisfield"

Completed this walk today with friends. Very quiet routes and the dogs had a great time. It only took us 2 hours and 20 mins to complete. Walking boots or wellies needed as getting quite muddy in places.
Will 100% do again.

By sophie34 on 05 Jan 2019

This walk is not particularly scenic however it does take you through woods, fields and farm land. I would definitely reccomend walking boots or wellies that you dont mind getting muddy. A very peaceful walk away from all the noise.

By Wolf on 03 Jan 2019

Saw this walk Pop up as a new one the other day and it right by where I live. So I took a work friend along and we started the new year with this walk. A nice walk on the outskirts of Basingstoke that will make you feel like you are miles away from it.

By BigTed on 02 Jan 2019

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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