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Farley Mount and Parnholt Circular

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Farley Mount and Parnholt Circular
Author: LJ, Published: 08 May 2016 Walk Rating:star1 Farley Mount and Parnholt Circular Walking Guidestar1 Farley Mount and Parnholt Circular Walking Guidestar1 Farley Mount and Parnholt Circular Walking Guidestar1 Farley Mount and Parnholt Circular Walking Guidestar1 Farley Mount and Parnholt Circular Walking Guide
Hampshire, Farley Mount
Walk Type: Woodland
Farley Mount and Parnholt Circular
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty: boot Farley Mount and Parnholt Circular Walking Guide boot Farley Mount and Parnholt Circular Walking Guide
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This is a beautiful 6 mile walk around the Farley Mount area. It starts at the Farley Mount car park and you will pass the mount (the pyramid shaped folly that gives the park its name) on the way to waypoint 1. Keep an eye on the views also as this is one of the most beautiful walks I know. There are also Geocaches along this route if you are that way inclined.

The track is a solid well trodden track for the majority of the route, the first half is pretty flat, the second half has a few very slight inclines but nothing too bad. The track and footpath is obvious and is easy to navigate. There are no kissing gates or stiles on route.

Farley Mount is about a 15 minute drive from Jn 11 of the M3. There is a suitable car park which is nearby the actual Mount at Farley Mount and the car park is free (correct May 2016).

Leave the M3 at Junction 11 and join the A3090 to Winchester. Go through Badger Farm (along Badger Farm Road) to reach a roundabout with Romsey Road. Turn right and then at the next roundabout turn left into Chilbolton Avenue. Take the first left to head west along Sarum Road. This will take you out past a Golf Course on your right. (The post code SO22 5QE will take you to this Golf Course). Continue going west until you meet a crossroads. Go straight over the crossroad and continue for approx 2 miles. The road will naturally bend to the left and you will eventually get to a 'triangle' junction - turn right. Continue for approx 1.5 miles and the Monument car park is on your left-hand side. (Sarum Road turns into a single track road so please be careful).

Walk Sections

Start to Bluebell Fields
Start to Bluebell Fields

Start point: 51.0612 lat, -1.4213 long
End point: 51.0594 lat, -1.4339 long

From the car park you need to enter the footpath past the metal gate. Let's go!

You will pass Farley Mount on your left as you walk (but I recommend actually visiting the mount on the return leg of your walk as you will pass it again on the way back and it's a nice way to finish the day).

Keep following the footpath and you will meet a fork in the path where you will need to go left past another metal gate (vehicle barrier).

This is the entry to the bluebell fields, which are beautiful all year round but are spectacular if you visit when the bluebells are out in spring. Keep following this path until you get to the large opening at the crossroads.

Bluebell Fields to Pump House
Bluebell Fields to Pump House

Start point: 51.0538 lat, -1.4432 long
End point: 51.0608 lat, -1.4738 long

At the crossroads turn right, you will then be walking along a nice big open track with woods each side of you. This section is completely flat and again is beautiful throughout the year but especially when the wild flowers are out.

Keep following this footpath and you will reach the Pump House on your left-hand side. As long as you stay on the obvious footpath you cannot go wrong, you do not go through any gates or off track at all.

Pump House to Moment to Remember
Pump House to Moment to Remember

Start point: 51.0608 lat, -1.4738 long
End point: 51.0668 lat, -1.4636 long

As you pass The Pump House on your left keep following the footpath until you reach a tarmac road.

At the tarmac road turn right. This is the only section of road throughout the walk so please be aware of cars (although it is very rare to see one along here as the footpath goes through a private estate). Don't worry about the 'Private, No Entry' sign. This is only applicable to cars as the road is a public right of way. The footpath does carry on at the end of the road.

As you approach the end of the tarmac road, keep going onto the gravel footpath in front of you and, as you pass the Equestrian Centre on your left, the gravel turns back into a footpath track.

Your next waypoint is a moment to remember and you will see it just off the path to your left-hand side - I won't ruin it by saying what it is but it's nice to spend some time here for a moment.

Moment to Remember to Best View in Hampshire
Moment to Remember to Best View in Hampshire

Start point: 51.0668 lat, -1.4636 long
End point: 51.0607 lat, -1.4377 long

Once you have spent a few moments, keep following the track. You will notice there are some large 4x4 tracks as you continue along the path, but to the right of these there is a trodden path which is flat and easier walking.

Keep going straight along the footpath and you will enter a wooded area. Keep following the footpath into the opening and WOW! What a view that is at the end of the wooded area!

Keep walking along the footpath with rolling fields and views either side of you and the footpath will go to the left. Keep following the path and you will come into an opening. You will see the road (ahead of you and slightly to your left) but you want to follow the sign for the Bridle Path on the right which is through the middle of the field. It seems a little odd as you feel like this is a field, but the path does become more obvious as you pass through the trees and metal gates either side of you. Keep following the path up the hill and halfway up the path you will see a metal gate on your left. In my opinion, this is by far the best view in Hampshire!

Best View in Hampshire to End
Best View in Hampshire to End

Start point: 51.0607 lat, -1.4377 long
End point: 51.0616 lat, -1.4197 long

Keeping the view on your left, keep following the footpath. It does get a little narrow and is a slight incline but the metal fence will keep you on the right path. You can't go wrong at this point, just stick to the path until you get to the wooded section.

When you get to the wooded section turn left and walk a short distance - you should then recognise where you are (looking on your right is the metal gate which led you to the first waypoint on your outward leg).

Keep following the footpath back to the car park ensuring that you drop in on Farley Mount on the way back to take in the spectacular views. I hope you have enjoyed this walk. LJ.

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15 Comments for: "Farley Mount and Parnholt Circular"

What a lovely walk. We had perfect weather and fantastic views and we enjoyed a picnic after the “special find”! We would definitely do it again.

By JBTB2015 on 06 Nov 2018

Absolutely stunning walk. It was raining a bit but still got to see the lovely views. We went to the dolphin pub in Hursley afterwards to sit by the fire. Lovely family pub and our dogs were allowed. Hurrah. Really fab day. Can’t wait to go back in Bluebell season.

By walkers2018 on 07 Oct 2018

Fantastic views & the walk was great. Very quiet. Missed the carpark turning as no sign & it looks like a concrete farm track on the left almost opposite a carpark on the other side of the road. The dogs thoroughly enjoyed the walk. Thanks Jacqui & Maxamillion, Kim & Jett

By Jacqui2robin on 19 Aug 2018

A lovely walk. I would add, best bluebells I've found too! Micheldever Wood is also very good but very noisy because of the M3. Parnholt Woods are perfect!

By Penny Hastings on 31 May 2018

What a great walk! A beautiful sunny day in May, a cool breeze, lots of shady bits, dog off lead for most of it. Amazing views and we saw very few other walkers. The app worked brilliantly and we thoroughly enjoyed our walk.

By Aliburdett68 on 17 May 2018

I did this walk 22nd April - a beautiful hot day and the bluebells were stunning. I think they are probably good for the next couple of weeks only, so don't delay! Thanks for this walk.

By Penny Hastings on 29 Apr 2018

Do not walk at the moment as most of the footpaths are sloppy and extremely muddy. March 25th 2018.

By walk1ng on 25 Mar 2018

Still very slippery and hard going on the last section, however, a wonderful walk. Should be stunning when the bluebells come out.

By Binns1961 on 24 Mar 2018

Good walk, very quiet on a wet January day, slippery on the last uphill section. App is very good, makes the walk more enjoyable.

By Southwich on 27 Jan 2018

Not easy to find the Monument car park but it’s the left BEFORE the sign marking it single track. V muddy and rutted in places and the woodland bit outside of bluebell season is a little dull. Saying that the views are superb and I’d recommend the Kings Arms in Hursley on the way back!

By Moschops on 13 Jan 2018

I walked this in early September and would thoroughly recommend it. Magnificent views, birds and wildlife, and very few, if any, other walkers.

By keithbarker on 18 Sep 2017

This a great walk with varied surroundings, woodlands, hills, and some lovely views! Really good for dogs. The car park is just under a mile from the "triangle junction" rather than 1.5 miles. Good shoes with a decent grip needed for the last mile or so in wet weather!

By weezebromley on 19 Aug 2017

A great walk for dogs

By sasmain on 21 Jul 2017

Just completed the walk. Fabulous views and well worth the effort. Thanks for the heads up on the monument.

By phil264424 on 11 Jun 2017

We missed the left fork after Farley mount as I was looking for a gate. The metal gate is more of a barrier photos at the junctions may help.

ADMIN RESPONSE: Thanks for letting us know. We have added a note that this metal gate is a vehicle barrier type. Remember to use the live-GPS map on the iFootpath App to avoid any wrong turns.

By oultonhouse on 25 Feb 2017

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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