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Mill House, Butter Wood and Basingstoke Canal

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Mill House, Butter Wood and Basingstoke Canal
Author: Pub Walker, Published: 15 Aug 2013 Walk Rating:star1 Mill House, Butter Wood and Basingstoke Canalstar1 Mill House, Butter Wood and Basingstoke Canalstar1 Mill House, Butter Wood and Basingstoke Canalstar1 Mill House, Butter Wood and Basingstoke Canalstar0 Mill House, Butter Wood and Basingstoke Canal
Hampshire, Hook
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Mill House, Butter Wood and Basingstoke Canal
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot Mill House, Butter Wood and Basingstoke Canal boot Mill House, Butter Wood and Basingstoke Canal
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A 3 mile circular pub walk from the Mill House in North Warnborough, near Hook. The Mill House has its own large mill pond set within beautiful gardens making it the perfect relaxing place for refreshments before or after your walk. The walking route provides a lovely mix of environments, allowing you to explore open heath, mixed woodland, fields and a long stretch of a pretty canal towpath. You’ll also have chance to explore the impressive ruins of Odiham Castle along the way.

The walk is relatively flat with just a couple of gentle slopes. The paths are a mixture of stone towpaths, quiet lanes and woodland paths, the latter of which can be very muddy so good waterproof footwear is recommended after periods of rain. There are several gates, a few squeeze gaps plus two stiles to negotiate (both of which have adjacent gaps which should be easy for most dogs). There is one short section of road walking so take care with children here. The heath is grazed by cattle for conservation and one field may be holding a couple of smallholding cows so take care with dogs. Allow 1.5 to 2 hours.

North Warnborough is just south of Junction 5 of the M3, between Odiham and Hook. The walk starts and finishes from the Mill House pub on the B3349 Hook Road (note there are two Hook Roads – you want the further east of the two) just a few hundred yards from its junction with the A287. Approximate post code RG29 1ET.

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Start to Butter Wood
Start to Butter Wood

Start point: 51.2633 lat, -0.9534 long
End point: 51.267 lat, -0.9639 long

Leave the pub car park back to the road, cross over with care and turn left along the pavement. You will pass the pretty white frontage of the Mill House over to the left. Immediately after the pub (and its large willow tree), cross over the road to turn left down a small lane. Follow this lane with the pub on the left and Waterside Cottage on the right. Follow the lane as it bends right, passing a timber framed house with a pair of beautiful stained glass windows.

At the fork, keep left and a few paces later turn left at the T-junction. Pass through the gate alongside the cattle grid to enter Bartley Heath and Warnborough Greens. This large area of heath, grassland and woodland sits on clay and gravel and over the years has been used for grazing and small scale gravel extraction. Today the site is conserved using rare breed cattle for grazing and it creates an important habitat for plants such as early marsh orchids and birds such as meadow pipits.

Keep ahead along the tarmac lane enjoying the range of wildflowers. At the staggered crossroads keep straight ahead. A few yards later you’ll reach a T-junction with a ford to the left. Turn right here through a gate alongside another cattle grid. Pass between a few houses, go through the gate ahead into an area of scrubland and dog-leg right then left to join a narrow path between wild hedgerows.

Follow the narrow path winding through a belt of pretty mixed woodland and you’ll come to a crossroads of paths (just before the road). Take the gate ahead to reach the road, cross with extreme care and take the footpath opposite. Follow the narrow path running under power lines through a wild meadow. Cross a tarmac access lane to reach a metal vehicle barrier which marks the entrance of Butter Wood.

Butter Wood to Nap Pond
Butter Wood to Nap Pond

Start point: 51.267 lat, -0.9639 long
End point: 51.2611 lat, -0.9737 long

Walk straight ahead on the clay track heading into the woodland. Eventually you’ll reach a yellow arrow marking the path swinging left, follow this and a few yards later you’ll reach a fork in the path with yellow arrows marking the two paths. Keep left at this fork and you will then meet a staggered T-junction with a wide grass track. Turn right along this.

Keep ahead on the main grassy ride marked with occasional yellow arrows, ignoring any smaller tracks off to the left and right. Eventually the track leads you through a small gap alongside a wide wooden gate to reach a T-junction with Nap Pond hidden beyond the trees opposite.

Nap Pond to Greywell Tunnel
Nap Pond to Greywell Tunnel

Start point: 51.2611 lat, -0.9737 long
End point: 51.2578 lat, -0.971 long

Turn left here down the main stone forest track. Pass over the motorbike restricting sleepers to leave the wood and a few paces later you’ll reach a T-junction with Hook Road. Cross over with care and turn left along the road edge for just 100 yards, passing Royal Oak House on the left. Turn right into Dorchester Way and then turn immediately right again through a narrow squeeze gap hidden in the hedge to reach a field.

Cross the field at about 11 o’clock to reach a stile in the hedge opposite. Cross this into the next field (which may be holding a couple of small cows). Keep close to the right hand fence to cross the next stile into an enclosed path between house gardens on the right and horse paddocks on the left.

Keep ahead passing an old farm outbuilding on the left and cross straight over a concrete access lane via a pair of squeeze gaps. Turn immediately left for just a few paces and at this point glance right to see the arched entrance to Greywell Tunnel within the Basingstoke Canal.

Greywell Tunnel to Odiham Castle
Greywell Tunnel to Odiham Castle

Start point: 51.2578 lat, -0.971 long
End point: 51.2613 lat, -0.9617 long

The Basingstoke Canal was built in the late 1700s to form a link between Basingstoke and Weybridge, from where goods could continue on to the Thames. One of its most impressive engineering achievements was the construction of the Greywell Tunnel, a 0.7 mile long tunnel which avoided the need to extend the canal around Greywell Hill. To traverse the tunnel the boatmen would lie on their backs and use their legs to propel the boat, a process that could take about 6 hours. The canal was never a commercial success, even before the advent of the railway, and the tunnel collapsed in 1932. At a constant temperature of 10 degrees Celsius with high humidity, the derelict tunnel is now home to a number of bat species including Natterers, Brandts, Whiskered and Brown Long Eared bats. There have also been sighting of rare Barbastelle bats visiting the tunnel.

Keep ahead on the stone towpath with the canal down to the right. This section of the canal is not navigable and the crystal clear water (provided by chalk springs which rise within the tunnel) contrasts strongly with the black silt bottom giving a strange eerie feel. Look out for wildlife including swans, many types of ducks, water voles and freshwater fish.

After some distance you’ll reach a line of buoys which marks the point from which the canal is navigable for boats. Continue ahead on the towpath and you’re likely to see several ornate canal boats along this stretch. Soon afterwards look out for the remains of Odiham Castle on the left. Take some time to explore this.

Odiham Castle to End
Odiham Castle to End

Start point: 51.2613 lat, -0.9617 long
End point: 51.2633 lat, -0.9533 long

As Odiham was half way between Windsor and Winchester, it was a frequent stopping point for Norman kings. Between 1207 and 1214 King John (the youngest brother of Richard the Lionheart) had Odiham Castle built as a stronghold but it was used primarily as a hunting lodge.

When you’ve finished exploring the castle, return to the towpath and turn left to continue your journey alongside the canal. A little distance further you’ll pass out through a gate alongside a lift bridge which carries a small road over the canal. Cross straight over to continue on the towpath opposite. Beyond a couple of cottages you’ll be able to enjoy views both sides of horses grazing.

Pass under a brick arch bridge and immediately afterwards turn left up the gravel slope to reach the main village road. Cross over and then turn right passing a petrol station on the right. Further along on the right you’ll pass Castle Bridge Cottages, a pretty row of timber-framed terraced cottages. Continue for just a few yards more to reach the Mill House on the left for some well deserved hospitality.

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10 comments for "Mill House, Butter Wood and Basingstoke Canal"

Very muddy at the moment! Had to double back and go in reverse but will try again in a few months. Great after a heavy Sunday lunch!

By ocwebster on 07 Jan 2018

What a lovely walk! Quiet and beautiful. Very detailed instruction - big thank you to the author. A combination of woodland and canal. Pass odiham castle and some beautiful cottages. The mill house pub has a beautiful garden near the river – a good place to go before or after the walk.

By kathysyy on 17 Jul 2017

Really lovely walk and the dog really enjoyed it. Nice stop at odiham castle

By absbabs on 18 Apr 2017

Sam B: We did the Millhouse walk in north warnborough on Monday..........again, it's a popular one for the boys as you can see 😀 No cows this time VERY friendly sheep though.

By Facebook on 31 Aug 2016

Nice walk near waterside and a lovely pub at the end! Very muddy in March

By markgittins on 25 Mar 2016

Nice and flat, beautiful wooded paths, donkeys, ducks, swans, castle, pub. Sorted.

By kprcaul on 04 May 2015

Nice stroll

By DedOrse on 12 Apr 2015

Great walk. Really enjoyed the second half of it walking alongside the canal. Doggie loved dipping in and out the canal.

By dafydd333 on 06 Aug 2014

We really enjoyed this walk, if it's been raining it could be very muddy

By pob75 on 12 Jul 2014

Excellent walk, really enjoyed it. Nice easy walk, took about 1hr 10mins to complete.

By kellieg on 18 Aug 2013

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The lift bridge is near the end of the walk. We were lucky to see it lift while we were there.
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Not sure what I was expecting but this is a very small castle... saying that it was worth the diversion. There are some detailed notice boards and after reading for a while you start to understand the importance of this building.
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Part of the canal is closed off as it approached the tunnel. You can see teh bottom and the water is very clear. There were quite a few fish - not sure what they are though....
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The length (in miles) of a walk is an approximation of the overall distance walked, not a measure of the distance "as the crow flies". iFootpath automatically completes this field based on the GPX file that has been uploaded.

Grade (required)

The grade of a walk is an indicator of how difficult it is to walk. This does not take into account the walk length but does suggest how challenging the walk will be. An easy walk, graded as 1 (and shown as 1 walking boot) indicates a walk that is essentially flat, has no sharp hills to climb, has no stiles or other obstacles, is easy to navigate (probably along a well worn path) and is suitable for most levels of fitness. Do be aware that the level of stamina required will vary and you should only walk within your limits - the indication of walk length will help with this. A difficult walk, graded as 5 (and represented by 5 boots) indicates a walk that is strenuous and involves steep ascents and/or descents. It may be technically challenging involving difficult terrain or obstacles.

Please note that the grading for walks is subjective and open to interpretation and should only be used as a guide when selecting a walk.

Map Ref / Start Point (optional)

The walk start point is an Ordnance Survey map reference to pinpoint the start point of the walk. This should be in the format:

AB 123 456

Further details of this system can be seen on the Ordnance Survey website.

Map Link (optional)

This optional field allows you to include a link to a web page containing a map showing the walk start. This is not the place to include any other links and the system will reject links to anything but Streetmap or Google Maps.

Start Point Co-ordinates (optional)

This pair of fields allows you to enter the longitude and latitude for the start point. iFootpath automatically completes this field based on the uploaded GPX file.

Key Image (required)

This is the main photograph used to illustrate the walk and can, if you wish, be the only photograph used of the walk. We recommend that you use a picture that characterises the walk, if possible, to show potential walkers what they might find or see. The picture must be in any of the main image formats (JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG) and image files up to 2Mb in size are permitted. Once an image is uploaded it will be resized automatically and a smaller version saved that is optimised for viewing on both this website and iFootpath Mobile.

There are many image editing and manipulation applications available, so many that we cannot make particular recommendations although almost all are excellent. Our preferred way of saving images for iFootpath is to save or export them at a maximum size of 1024x1024 pixels as a JPEG file. This creates a file that is well under 2Mb in size, contains plenty of detail and displays well in almost any browser. Please be sure that you own the copyright to any images uploaded - you must have taken them yourself or have explicit permission. If you are concerned about image theft then we also suggest you include a small watermark in any corner of the image, but please remember that large watermarks that hide the image will not be popular with viewers!

Pdf file

Pdf file for walk

Icon (recommended)

The icon is a small image, 60 pixels square, used to provide a label for the walk when displayed in lists or in iFootpath Mobile. It is recommended that a small, square image for such use is created and uploaded. This should be in JPEG, GIF, BMP or PNG format and less than 100Kb in size. If you do not provide an icon the walk will be automatically given a generic system icon. If you do upload a photograph for the walk icon its size will be checked by the system and it will automatically be resized to 60 pixels square. However, please also note that if the image is not square in format it may be cropped and you will not get the result you might have expected. Just thought you should know!

Getting There (required)

This provides a text area to explain how to get to the start of the walk. It is good to include a post code.

Preview

This function allows you to see how your published walk would look, before you submit as 'Ready' for review.

Status

When a walk is created and saved in iFootpath its status is automatically set to 'Draft'. This implies that you are still working on it and may want to come back later to add walk sections, images or other information. When you are ready for the walk to be shared with other iFootpath registered users then the status should be changed to 'Ready'. This will automatically notify the system that you want to share the walk. The system will check to ensure you have completed the required information and alert a reviewer. The reviewer will read through to check the content is clean and consistent with our terms of use. This does not check the accuracy of the walk details or any other information. If there are issues with the contents you will be contacted by email. The walk status will also be reset to 'Draft' in this case. More likely, however, that everything is fine in which case its status will be set to 'Published' at which point it becomes available for viewing and downloading by any registered user of iFootpath. This includes download to iFootpath Mobile.

Filters

Filters allow you to narrow down your search for walks of interest. By County restricts the list of walks to those in the selected County. The Filters links at the top of the list page allow you to jump quickly to the filters or to clear them.

Keyword Search

The Keyword search facility will search through the walk descriptions and notes to find words or phrases you specify.

My GPX Files

This page gives you the list of GPX files that you have uploaded from iFootpath mobile (or from other sources). You are able to view, edit, delete or download these files. Once you are happy with your GPX file you can 'convert to walk' to create a draft walk based on this data. This walk will appear under 'Manage My Walks'.

Manage My Walks

The list of walks presented are those you have written and entered into iFootpath. From here you can filter the list if you have lots to narrow down your search, list all or just those with a particular status. If you select a 'Published' or 'Ready' walk you will see a read-only version of your walk, although if 'Ready' you can reset status to 'Draft' again for further editing.

Walk Sections in iFootpath

Each walk section represents a particular piece of a walking route. The start and end of each section are defined by waypoints. Each section joins onto the next to form the complete walk. There is no limit to the number of sections a walk can have, but on a long walk we recommend breaking the route down into manageable pieces that are delineated by particular landmarks, turnings or changes in obvious route. Each section has its own photograph and descriptive text which should hold a photograph that illustrates the section and any instructions or other notes you want to add that may be of use in helping navigation or pointing things out.

Section Title (required)

The section title is used to provide a short name for the section. It is useful in section titles to provide an indication of the start and end, so using names of landmarks, roads, etc is a useful aid. Sections will be named automatically as the name of the waypoint at the end of that section. It is recommended that you rename the sections as something more useful to walkers.

Section Description (required)

This field is used to provide as much information as you wish about the walk section. This should include notes on navigation, even if obvious, and any further information you care to share about views, historical notes, things to look for, etc.

Key Image (recommended)

A picture can save many words and will often be very useful in helping to navigate or spot things along the route. The picture must be in any of the main image formats (JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG) and image files up to 2Mb in size are permitted. Once an image is uploaded it will be resized automatically and a smaller version saved that is optimised for viewing on both this website and iFootpath Mobile.

Our preferred way of saving images for iFootpath is to save or export them at a maximum size of 1024x1024 pixels as a JPEG file. Please be sure that you own the copyright to any images uploaded - you must have taken them yourself or have explicit permission.

Map Ref (optional)

This allows the OS Map reference for the start and end of the section to be entered. These should be in the format:

AB 123 456

Further details of this system can be seen on the Ordnance Survey website.

Start/End Point (optional)

This provides the facility to capture the co-ordinates for the start and end points of the walk section. iFootpath will automatically complete this field based on the GPX file used to create the walk.

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