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Hinton Ampner Loop

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Hinton Ampner Loop
Author: Claire, Published: 10 Mar 2019 Walk Rating:star1 Hinton Ampner Loop, Hampshire Walking Guidestar1 Hinton Ampner Loop, Hampshire Walking Guidestar1 Hinton Ampner Loop, Hampshire Walking Guidestar1 Hinton Ampner Loop, Hampshire Walking Guidestar0 Hinton Ampner Loop, Hampshire Walking Guide
Hampshire, Cheriton
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Hinton Ampner Loop
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Hinton Ampner Loop, Hampshire Walking Guide boot Hinton Ampner Loop, Hampshire Walking Guide
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A 4 mile circular walk following footpaths and bridleways around the Hinton Ampner estate in Hampshire. The walk follows the local ridge with outstanding views of the South Downs, before heading south into beautiful sections of mixed woodland that are known for displays of bluebells and wood anemones. The return leg leads you along the edge of Hinton Ampner park, with views of Hinton Ampner House.

Assuming you park in the correct place, this walk avoids the formal gardens and so there is no entrance fee payable for the National Trust site of Hinton Ampner. The walk follows a mixture of field-edge and woodland paths, with some sections that can become muddy. You will need to negotiate several gates and kissing gates, but there are no stiles on route. You will only cross one livestock pasture (usually holding sheep) and the path is normally fenced from the main pasture with electric fencing. Allow 2 hours.

The walk starts and finishes from the small hamlet of Hinton Ampner (NOT the adjacent National Trust site of the same name). From the A272 heading west, turn left at the road junction onto Hinton Hill (following a white sign for Hinton Ampner) – the brown signs directing you straight ahead are for the National Trust site. Follow Hinton Hill uphill and, before it bends left, park on the side of the road alongside the cottages and garden walls. There is parking here for about 10 cars. (NOTE: If you are a National Trust member you can also access the walk from the Hinton Ampner Garden site which has its own NT car park; just make your way through the gardens to the church to begin. For non-members this access route requires paying the gardens entrance fee). Nearest post code SO24 0JZ.

Walk Sections

Start to Field Corner
Start to Field Corner

Start point: 51.045 lat, -1.1491 long
End point: 51.0394 lat, -1.1264 long

From your parking spot on Hinton Lane, continue uphill with the cottages on your left. Where the lane bends left, go ahead onto the side drive (passing a footpath fingerpost on your right) which leads you towards the ornate metal gates of Hinton Ampner. Pass through or alongside these gates to reach All Saints Church on your right.

At this point, turn left to follow the Wayfarer’s Way public footpath sign, passing through a gate then kissing gate in quick succession. Walk ahead along the top left-hand boundary of this sheep pasture (probably with an electric fence on your right). At the far end of the field, exit via a kissing gate. Turn left along the lane for about 20 paces and then turn right to join the stone track (signed as a public bridleway).

The track leads you between cottages and outbuildings, to reach a fork alongside a field gate. Take the path ahead which begins immediately to the left of the field gate. Walk ahead with a hedgerow on your left and a fenced field on your right. Beyond the fenced field, keep ahead on the bridleway grass track, with the tree line on your left and open crop fields on your right. Towards the end of the third crop field, the path gently descends passing under power lines. Ignore a bridleway signed to the left, instead keep ahead to reach the field corner.

Field Corner to Woodland
Field Corner to Woodland

Start point: 51.0394 lat, -1.1264 long
End point: 51.0348 lat, -1.1285 long

Turn right to stay on the field edge track (ignoring a footpath into the woodland ahead). Stay with the track as it leads you downhill, passing a bluebell-filled woodland belt on your right and emerging out to a road. Cross over the road and continue ahead on a grass track, with a tree line on your left. The path leads you uphill and then swings left to enter a section of woodland (passing a bench on your right).

Woodland to Access Lane
Woodland to Access Lane

Start point: 51.0348 lat, -1.1285 long
End point: 51.0289 lat, -1.1326 long

This woodland is a beautiful mixture of large broadleaf trees as well as smaller coppiced hazel. It hosts a beautiful display of bluebells and wood anemones every spring. (Remember to use the GPS map to help guide you through the woods). Follow the waymarked path through the woodland, swinging right then left to reach a subtle crossroads (with a log bench and waymarker post). Turn right (still following the yellow arrows). Continue on the waymarked path which bends left, bends right, bends right again (by a bench) and then winds ahead through the woodland leading downhill to reach a junction with a quiet access lane.

Access Lane to Unmade Track
Access Lane to Unmade Track

Start point: 51.0289 lat, -1.1326 long
End point: 51.0371 lat, -1.1434 long

Turn right along the lane for about 200 metres and then turn left to pass alongside double-wooden gates. Keep ahead on the woodland track. Just before you reach the far end of the woodland (with a field visible ahead), turn right to continue on the waymarked path. At the next waymarker post turn left, climbing steadily to reach a crossroads of beech-lined avenues. Turn right and follow this track leading you to the northern end of the woodland. Exit the woods via the kissing gate to reach a T-junction with an unmade track.

Unmade Track to End
Unmade Track to End

Start point: 51.0371 lat, -1.1434 long
End point: 51.0452 lat, -1.1491 long

Turn left to join the unmade track. Keep ahead to reach a crossroads with a tarmac lane. Cross over and go straight ahead onto the continuation of the unmade track. You will come to a path junction (with a kissing gate on your left). Turn right here, climbing a short slope and going through a gate to join an enclosed footpath between fields. Up to your left you will have a fine view of Hinton Ampner House (dating from 1790 and home to the Dutton family, Lords of Sherborne, until it was donated to the National Trust in 1985).

At the top of this enclosed path, turn left through the bridle gate and you will emerge out to All Saints Church once again. Turn right along the access drive, passing through the ornate gates to reach Hinton Hill where the walk began.

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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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