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Greywell and Mapledurwell

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Greywell and Mapledurwell
Author: Martin, Published: 23 Jan 2019 Walk Rating:star1 Greywell and Mapledurwell, Hampshire Walking Guidestar1 Greywell and Mapledurwell, Hampshire Walking Guidestar1 Greywell and Mapledurwell, Hampshire Walking Guidestar1 Greywell and Mapledurwell, Hampshire Walking Guidestar0 Greywell and Mapledurwell, Hampshire Walking Guide
Hampshire, Greywell
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Greywell and Mapledurwell
Length: 7 miles,  Difficulty: boot Greywell and Mapledurwell, Hampshire Walking Guide boot Greywell and Mapledurwell, Hampshire Walking Guide
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A 6.5 mile circular walk in Hampshire, along byways, bridleways and footpaths. The walk begins in the pretty village of Greywell and soon enters the Greywell Moors Nature Reserve alongside the River Whitewater, a crystal-clear river fed by local springs from the chalk aquifer below. The route then passes through fields and along byways to join part of the long-distance Three Castles Path, and continues through fields to skirt around the village of Mapledurwell. It returns across fields to Up Nately, and then enters woodland followed by parkland on Greywell Hill.

Much of the walk is on gentle up and down slopes with some flat sections. It almost totally avoids roads, following a mixture of rights of way through fields, woods and open countryside. In January, at the time of writing, the tracks were generally good without too much mud. There are various gates including kissing gates and a few stiles, but all the stiles had easily liftable sections to allow dogs to pass. Allow 2.5 to 3 hours.

Access to Greywell is from the A287 off junction 5 of the M3. From the motorway junction, head towards North Warnborough on the A287. After 200 metres turn right into Hook Road signposted Greywell. Stay on that road until you enter Greywell with the Fox and Goose pub on your right. The walk starts at the lychgate of St Mary’s Church, Greywell. There is parking along the side of The Street between the pub and the church. Approximate postcode is RG29 1DA.

Walk Sections

Start to River Whitewater
Start to River Whitewater

Start point: 51.2543 lat, -0.9736 long
End point: 51.2519 lat, -0.9729 long

Begin at the church lychgate, passing through the small gate to the left of the lychgate. Ignore the footpath that leaves to the left across the field and walk down the gravelled church driveway with a tall hedge on your right. At the end of the driveway, follow the path towards the church porch, then continue round the right-hand end of the church. Follow the path past the graveyard and continue ahead to join a long wooden boardwalk. This leads into part of the Greywell Moors Nature Reserve along the bank of the River Whitewater.

River Whitewater to Fields
River Whitewater to Fields

Start point: 51.2519 lat, -0.9729 long
End point: 51.2472 lat, -0.9777 long

The boardwalk and path lead to Greywell Mill, originally a water-powered flour mill. With the mill building in front of you, turn right and walk along the mill driveway for a short distance. Soon on your left (just after the end of a closeboard fence) there is a footpath sign to your left. Take that path through the hedgerow and turn left to walk along the field edge.

Fields to Five Lanes End
Fields to Five Lanes End

Start point: 51.2472 lat, -0.9777 long
End point: 51.2466 lat, -1.0038 long

Continue ahead for about 1 kilometre following the edge of the fields with the river wetland to your left. At the far end of the fields you will come to a metal gate. Pass through the gap to the left of the gate and then turn right into a byway which slopes uphill. Continue to the top of the hill, cross over the lane and then continue straight ahead onto another track (the Three Castles Path) which slopes downhill. After some time it slopes uphill again and comes to a junction of paths just after some large beech trees.

Five Lanes End to Byway
Five Lanes End to Byway

Start point: 51.2466 lat, -1.0038 long
End point: 51.2478 lat, -1.0106 long

The junction has five paths – you should take the path which is almost straight ahead of you (not left or right) and continue with the wooden rail fencing immediately on your right. The deeply rutted track heads downhill with crops to your left and trees straight ahead of you.

Byway to Stile
Byway to Stile

Start point: 51.2478 lat, -1.0106 long
End point: 51.2563 lat, -1.0219 long

The path enters a strip of woodland with trees to your left and fields to your right. Where the main track curves round to the left, a path leaves to the right through a metal kissing gate but ignore that path and continue straight ahead. About 400 metres further on from that kissing gate there is a second metal kissing gate and you should pass through that and walk up the field edge with the hedge on your right.

Continue to the brow of the slope then downhill and, at the bottom of the slope just before some farm buildings on your right, take the smaller path that forks off slightly to the right to pass through a metal kissing gate. Walk out of the farm entrance and turn right onto the road. The road curves left, then opposite some cottages, take the footpath to your left through a kissing gate. Walk up the edge of the field and, where the fence curves round to the left, pass through another kissing gate. Once through that gate take the path at around 11 o’clock towards a stile.

Stile to Mapledurwell
Stile to Mapledurwell

Start point: 51.2563 lat, -1.0219 long
End point: 51.2593 lat, -1.0181 long

This stile, and the other stiles on this walk, have a liftable section to allow a dog to pass underneath. Continue ahead to the corner of the woods opposite and where the path meets a fence, turn to your right crossing over another stile. Walk down the slope following the left edge of the field and the path curves left towards a kissing gate. Pass through that gate and turn left onto the road.

You only stay on the road for about 50 metres and where it curves slightly right, immediately after a pretty, timber-framed house on your right, you will see a wooden footpath sign taking you down the right-hand side of the driveway of the next house (the footpath sign is a bit tucked back into the driveway, so slightly hidden). Pass through a wooden gate alongside a black-painted weather-boarded building and continue down a narrow passage between two fences. At the far end go over a stile and follow the track diagonally across the field. Where it joins the field edge cross over another stile to your right, then turn left and walk down a path between trees.

Mapledurwell to Andwell Drove
Mapledurwell to Andwell Drove

Start point: 51.2593 lat, -1.0181 long
End point: 51.2593 lat, -1.0106 long

At the end, the path curves slightly right then passes through a wooden gate and over a small bridge. Continue straight ahead and go through a small wooden gate to the left of a larger metal gate. Cross over the road and enter the field opposite through a kissing gate. Continue along the left-hand field edge and at the top of the slope pass through a kissing gate in the hedge. Cross over the bridleway and walk straight ahead down the slope.

Andwell Drove to Woods
Andwell Drove to Woods

Start point: 51.2593 lat, -1.0106 long
End point: 51.2607 lat, -0.9897 long

At the bottom of the slope, pass through the gap in the hedge and turn left. After 80 metres turn right to follow the field edge. Halfway up the field, the path goes through a gap into the adjacent field (this is clearly signposted). Continue to the corner of that field and the path turns left. Walk along the side of the field to a metal kissing gate on your right – pass through that and continue straight ahead to another metal kissing gate. Once through that turn left onto the lane and after 100 metres, turn right onto the signposted footpath. Walk up to a kissing gate next to a metal gate (ignoring a footpath that leaves to your right).

From here the track runs diagonally across the field in front of you, with St Stephens Church away to your left. At the far edge of the field walk through the open metal gate (or the kissing gate next to it) and follow the left edge of the field downhill to the lane. Cross the lane then take the gate slightly to your right and walk along the left field edge. At the end, pass through a wooden gate in front of you then follow a narrow track until you emerge onto a lane. Continue on past the large house on your left then, where the lane turns right, continue ahead to join a footpath which soon has woods to your left and fields to your right. Ignore a permissive footpath which leaves to your left and continue on the track which curves slightly right then left before entering a long straight section through the trees.

Woods to Greywell Hill
Woods to Greywell Hill

Start point: 51.2607 lat, -0.9897 long
End point: 51.2587 lat, -0.9782 long

The derelict Greywell Tunnel (part of the Basingstoke Canal) runs under the woods a short distance to the left of this path, and the path is part of the route once used to take towing horses over the hill as the tunnel had no towpath.

Continue along the main track, ignoring paths to the left and right, and eventually you come to a wooden gate where the path enters the open parkland of Greywell Hill House. After the gate, go straight ahead passing a large fallen tree and the path curves slightly left to reach a huge tree with a set of footpath signs just to its left.

Greywell Hill to End
Greywell Hill to End

Start point: 51.2587 lat, -0.9782 long
End point: 51.2543 lat, -0.9736 long

At this footpath sign, take the right-hand path and walk down the slope to meet a gate in the fence. After that gate, continue straight ahead with the woods to your right and follow the edge of the field as it curves round to the left. Follow the path running parallel with the driveway for Greywell Hill House and exit through a metal gate at the end. Continue to the road (The Street) and turn left. After about 80 metres the lychgate of Greywell Church (your starting point) is on your right.

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2 Comments for: "Greywell and Mapledurwell"

Did this today and it felt very long on my own. The beginning by the river was really lovely, so much so I got carried away and kept walking alongside it only to realise I’d gone the wrong way!! 5 lanes end was a great place to visit again, I used to go there many years ago on my motorcycle. The house built in the sink hole was one of the strangest things I’ve seen in a while. All in all, a lovely walk, thanks.

By BigTed on 26 Feb 2019

Really lovely walk. Lots of open space as well as woodland, along with some beautiful houses to admire. A few long inclines, which whilst not steep give you a bit of a workout. Quite muddy when I did it (19 Feb) including a freshly ploughed field. Highly recommended.

By annabomb on 20 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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