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|Home Farm Woodland Trail|
|Author: Claire, Published: 25 Sep 2015||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 3 mile circular woodland trail exploring Home Farm Wood near the hamlet of Burkham in Hampshire. As the name suggests, the site was once the farm for the local estate of Burkham Manor. Today, it is a nature reserve managed by the Woodland Trust and is a charming combination of open grassland glades and broadleaf woodland. |
The walk has just a few gentle gradients and the paths can be very muddy so boots are a must and wellingtons are recommended in the winter months. There are no stiles or steps on route, but you will need to negotiate a number of kissing gates. Dogs are welcome in the woodland, indeed it is a very popular dog walking spot. A small herd of docile cattle are used to graze the site as part of the conservation. The cattle are only ever in one section of the woodland at a time, and this will be marked with signs, so if you do see them (you may not as they can be very elusive!) please keep a safe distance, especially with dogs. There are no toilets or other facilities on the route. Approximate time 1.5 hours.
Home Farm Wood is located between the hamlet of Burkham and the village of Bentworth, about 4 miles north-west of the town of Alton. The woodland has two free car parks, and this walk starts at the larger one which is located on Spain Lane. Take the A339 south from Basingstoke and follow it down to a point about a mile south of the village of Southrope. Turn right (signed to Burkham and Bradley) and then turn left at the small T-junction. You will find the car park further along on the right (with a 2m height restriction barrier). The nearest post code is GU34 5RT, but this will take you to the northern end of Spain Lane, whilst the car park is at the southern end.
|Start to Secondary Car Park|
Start point: 51.1781 lat, -1.0586 long
Standing in the Spain Lane car park with your back to the vehicle entrance, walk directly ahead through the metal kissing gate and then take the path left (at about 9 o’clock). The path leads you steadily uphill, skirts a young woodland copse on your right and passes a red-topped waymarker post also on your right. (We will be following these red waymarker posts all the way round this route, but it’s best not to rely on them for navigation as they are a little intermittent!).
|Secondary Car Park to Bench|
Start point: 51.1701 lat, -1.0645 long
With your back to the road, enter the woodland through the tall wooden kissing gate on your right. Pass the information boards on your right and after just a short distance, take the first turning on the left. The stone path soon dwindles to a grass path, swinging steadily right and running under a set of power lines.
|Bench to Coppice Junction|
Start point: 51.1697 lat, -1.0683 long
Walk ahead, passing the waymarker post immediately on your left, and take the obvious wide mown path through the centre of the grassland. You will come to the next waymarker post at a fork in the path, with a belt of trees and blackthorn (laden with sloes in the autumn) on the right. Take the right-hand branch and a few paces later you will reach another subtle fork. Stay on the same path (the left-hand branch this time) to continue through the centre of the grassland heading steadily uphill.
|Coppice Junction to Tarmac Lane|
Start point: 51.1736 lat, -1.0688 long
Turn right for a few paces, then bear left through an old tall wooden kissing gate to join a stone track. A few paces along you will come to a fork. Bear left, following a path under power lines and straight ahead at the crossroads to become a wide grass track between trees (passing the next waymarker post on your right).
|Tarmac Lane to End|
Start point: 51.1752 lat, -1.0633 long
Turn left for a few paces (taking care of occasional traffic) and then turn right through the gap alongside the wide wooden gate. Follow the stone track which leads you into the next section of woodland. After just a few yards, fork left through a tall wooden kissing gate. Keep ahead for a few paces and then take the first grass path on the left.
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This was a truly lovely walk. The pictures fail to show the diverse habitats, colours and wildlife that you will enjoy on this walk. Our dog loved it too as she was able to stay off the lead for large parts of the walk.
|By Richard on 25 Sep 2015|
+1 Great for dogs, 1 field with cows but they were far far away.
|By injuryian on 02 Oct 2015|
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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|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 25 Sep 2015
The solar farm that can be seen in the third section of the walk.
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 25 Sep 2015
We saw a large flock of sparrows near the end of the walk. They were feasting on seeds in the hedgerows and in the grass meadows.
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