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Burkham and Lower Wield

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Burkham and Lower Wield
Author: Martin, Published: 04 Jan 2019 Walk Rating:star1 Burkham and Lower Wield, Hampshire Walking Guidestar1 Burkham and Lower Wield, Hampshire Walking Guidestar1 Burkham and Lower Wield, Hampshire Walking Guidestar1 Burkham and Lower Wield, Hampshire Walking Guidestar0 Burkham and Lower Wield, Hampshire Walking Guide
Hampshire, Burkham
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Burkham and Lower Wield
Length: 7 miles,  Difficulty: boot Burkham and Lower Wield, Hampshire Walking Guide boot Burkham and Lower Wield, Hampshire Walking Guide
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A 6.5 mile circular walk of byways and field tracks, starting near Burkham in Hampshire. It starts with a path through part of Home Farm which is 338 acres of woodland and open grassland owned by the Woodland Trust. The walk then continues through fields to the village of Bradley where it joins part of the long-distance Three Castles Path to Lower Wield. Just after Lower Wield there is a short road section (with a pub if you need refreshment) and then a byway leads to the Ox Drove Way which takes you back to Home Farm. The route is well away from major roads so is very peaceful.

Most of the walk is on the flat with some gentle slopes. There are some very short sections of quiet road but mainly the route is on byways or along field edges. Many of the tracks were muddy after wet weather. There are various gates including kissing gates - and although there were a few stiles, all of those had adjacent, unlocked, five bar gates which could be used instead. Allow 2.5 to 3 hours.

Burkham is a hamlet with access from the A339 Basingstoke to Alton road. If you are coming from Basingstoke, about a mile after the turn for Lasham there is a right turn signposted Burkham and Bradley. Follow the signs for Burkham and you pass in front of Burkham House. Eventually Home Farm Car Park South is on your right – this is the starting point for the walk. Approximate postcode is GU34 5RP.

Walk Sections

Start to Burkham
Start to Burkham

Start point: 51.17 lat, -1.0646 long
End point: 51.1767 lat, -1.0704 long

Leave the car park through the kissing gate. Ignore the path to the left and follow the track for around 400 metres until you reach the junction of various paths. At this junction continue almost straight on (not left) and very soon the path forks again. Take the path straight ahead following the line of the overhead wires. After a further 300 metres pass through a metal kissing gate and shortly afterwards you come to a driveway. Turn left onto the driveway and where it curves off to the right pass through the five bar gate straight ahead (or use the stile immediately next to it). Follow the edge of the field with the fence on your left.

Burkham to Fields
Burkham to Fields

Start point: 51.1767 lat, -1.0704 long
End point: 51.1756 lat, -1.0785 long

Continue along the left field edge and pass through another five bar gate (or use the stile next to it). After the gate continue with the hedgerow on your right. After about 60 metres there is a footpath marker post on your right where the path passes through a gap in the hedge. Pass through that gap and turn slightly left towards another footpath marker which shows the direction to follow across the corner of the field towards the trees opposite. Follow the path through the trees and you come out into the corner of a large field. Walk along the right hand field edge with the trees on your right.

Fields to Bradley
Fields to Bradley

Start point: 51.1756 lat, -1.0785 long
End point: 51.1719 lat, -1.0925 long

Continue along the grass field edge for some distance and eventually you join a gravelled farm track. Walk straight ahead down the slope until you reach some farm buildings. Follow the footpath marker along the grass bank with the farm buildings on your right. Bear slightly left where the farm road leaves to the right and continue straight ahead with a wooden fence to your right. All Saints Church is away to your right and once you have walked beyond the church turn right through a small wooden kissing gate. Continue straight ahead to a metal kissing gate then continue to the end of the path with the church to your right and behind you.

Bradley to Three Castles Path
Bradley to Three Castles Path

Start point: 51.1719 lat, -1.0925 long
End point: 51.1671 lat, -1.1063 long

Climb over the stile or use the nearby ornate church gate. Turn left onto the lane and walk down towards the road with the phone box in front of you. Continue past the pond and phone box and the road bends round to the left. Just after the bend in the road there is a track to the right with a footpath sign - this is part of the Three Castles Path. Follow this footpath between two rows of trees and eventually it comes out into the corner of a large field. Continue straight ahead along the field edge and the track slopes gently uphill.

Three Castles Path to Field Edge
Three Castles Path to Field Edge

Start point: 51.1671 lat, -1.1063 long
End point: 51.1615 lat, -1.0957 long

At the brow of the hill continue straight ahead downhill and about halfway down the slope, just before the overhead wires, turn left at the footpath marker to cross the field towards the corner of the woods opposite. Once you reach the woods continue along the wide grass track with the woods on your left. Keep going straight ahead and the path enters the woods then curves right and exits the woods to a field edge. Cross the field towards a large white footpath sign opposite and enter another belt of woodland. Emerge into another field and again continue straight ahead across that field to the far side.

Field Edge to Lower Wield
Field Edge to Lower Wield

Start point: 51.1615 lat, -1.0957 long
End point: 51.1559 lat, -1.0906 long

Bear right and follow the field edge towards a gap in the corner of the field with another white footpath sign. Continue ahead and pass through the five bar gate (or use the stile next to it) then with a metal fence on your left continue to a small wooden gate. After that gate bear slightly left and cross the field to a green metal gate. Once through the gate bear slightly left again and cross the field diagonally towards another green metal gate. Go through that gate and follow the path between two hedges to a wooden kissing gate and turn right onto the lane. Follow the lane past houses for around 300 metres and you will come to a sharp right bend in the road with a footpath sign on the left.

Lower Wield to Ox Drove Way
Lower Wield to Ox Drove Way

Start point: 51.1559 lat, -1.0906 long
End point: 51.1491 lat, -1.076 long

Leave the road here taking the right hand footpath which runs alongside the evergreen hedge – not the footpath that passes to the left of the metal gate. The path emerges into a field, from there bear slightly right across the field and head downhill towards a wooden gate. After that gate bear diagonally left and continue downhill towards a kissing gate on the far side of the field. Follow the path which soon joins a road.

The Yew Tree pub is just to your right here – otherwise turn left onto the road and follow it to a T-junction where you turn left (signposted Bentworth and Bradley). After 100 metres take the gravel track on your right. The track continues between trees for some distance then slopes downhill to a T-junction with a byway – the Ox Drove Way. Bear left here and the path curves right to another T-junction. Turn left here to continue on the Ox Drove Way.

Ox Drove Way to Bullfield Lane
Ox Drove Way to Bullfield Lane

Start point: 51.1491 lat, -1.076 long
End point: 51.1586 lat, -1.0733 long

Continue for around 1km until the track meets a road. Go straight ahead and where the road bends left continue ahead into the farm entrance with the farmhouse on your right. Where the concrete road turns left, continue straight ahead past a vehicle gate onto a track with hedgerows on both sides.

Bullfield Lane to End
Bullfield Lane to End

Start point: 51.1586 lat, -1.0733 long
End point: 51.1701 lat, -1.0646 long

The track continues up a slope and eventually reaches a junction of paths with a pond on your right and a solar farm directly in front of you. Turn right at this junction and follow the track for around 900 metres to a vehicle gate at the end. Turn left onto the road and on your left after 100 metres is the car park where the walk started.

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3 Comments for: "Burkham and Lower Wield"

Great walk, with great views on pleasant rolling hills, just the chirping of birds for lots of it. Lovely pub to stop at for a refresh! Thanks again, another great suggestion.

By BenHick on 25 Mar 2019

Nice walk, fairly flat, wet underfoot at the beginning and end, all paths were easy to follow apart from one field where we just went round the edge rather than straight across.

By Southwich on 17 Mar 2019

First half of the walk has some lovely views and nothing but the sound of nature. In the middle you walk through the back garden of one of the nicest houses I’ve seen with an incredible tree house. The last bit is a bit muddy on the byways but was to be expected. Took me 2 hours and 20 mins with two short coffee breaks. Thanks 😀

By BigTed on 22 Feb 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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