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|Lower Froyle and Well|
|Author: Claire, Published: 03 Jul 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 6 mile circular walk taking in the villages of Lower Froyle and Well in Hampshire. Lower Froyle is a characterful village that refuses to be trapped in any era. Ancient timbered and thatched cottages sit alongside modern brick properties, while the village duck pond and pastures of traditional black sheep contrast with the large modern crop fields and contemporary village hall. The walking route itself makes use of the local ancient lanes, now hedge-lined tracks that act as quiet thoroughfares for walkers and cyclists to discover the peaceful surrounds. |
The walk has several steady climbs and descents throughout. Some of the paths can get very muddy at times so good boots are a must. Most of the route follows wide green tracks, but you will also need to cross a couple of crop fields and a few sections of path can get overgrown in the height of the growing season. You will need to negotiate several kissing gates plus one stile (which has a large fence gap alongside for dogs to pass through). There is no livestock on route and the enclosed tracks mean that well-behaved dogs can enjoy plenty of off-lead time. There is a half mile stretch along a country lane so take care of traffic at this point. Allow 3 hours.
Lower Froyle is located about 4 miles northeast of Alton, just off the A31 road. The walk starts and finishes at the small car park in front of the village hall. If you are coming by bus, there is a bus stop directly outside the village hall. By car, head south along the A31 from Farnham, leave at the exit signed to Bentley and turn right to reach the crossroads in Bentley. Turn left and follow this road heading west and then north leading you into Lower Froyle. Ignore the first side road on the left, Park Road, and take the second one (signed to Upper Froyle). Just a little way along you will come to the village hall on your left. Approximate post code GU34 4LQ.
|Start to Saintburyhill Farm|
Start point: 51.1915 lat, -0.9133 long
Standing in the parking area with the village hall behind you, turn right to join the pavement heading north alongside the road. At the T-junction, turn left along the road, taking care of occasional traffic. As you draw level with a side road on your right, you will see The Old Malthouse on your left. Look more closely and you will see the inscription The Prince of Wales above the door of this house. A building on this site housed a shoemaker until 1881, when it became the village pub called The Prince of Wales. In 1910 this current building replaced the original and served as the village pub until 1998 when it was converted into a residence.
|Saintburyhill Farm to Bumpers|
Start point: 51.1892 lat, -0.9194 long
Turn right along the lane, passing the farmhouse on your right. Keep straight ahead, pass alongside a pair of metal gates, pass a number of barns on your right and then keep ahead to join the stone and grass track. At the brow of the first small rise, take a moment to look through the gaps in the hedgerows each side, where you will have great views across the surrounding rolling hills. You will also notice how peaceful this area is, a common theme for almost the whole length of this walk.
|Bumpers to Well Crossroads|
Start point: 51.2017 lat, -0.9404 long
Stay with the lane as it leads you downhill, swinging steadily left, to reach a junction with a side road (alongside a single brick cottage). Turn right here to join the stone and grass track, signed as a Byway. You may come across horses and cyclists on this track (so keep your eyes peeled). The track, an ancient lane known as Frog Lane, can be muddy or overgrown in parts, depending on the time of year.
|Well Crossroads to End|
Start point: 51.2132 lat, -0.9108 long
Turn right at the crossroads (signed to Dippenhall), passing the buildings of Well Manor Farm on your right. Follow this lane (taking care of traffic) for about half a mile, passing Field View Cottage and continuing beyond this to reach the first side road on your right. Turn right into this side road and follow it ahead.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2016 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
Excellent walk on a summers day.
|By EJE43 on 28 Jul 2016|
lovely walk, thanks for uploading
|By Pearljammer1 on 04 Sep 2016|
First rate countryside walk. Great for mid April with yellow OSR crop fields to walk through and past
|By bryanbole on 17 Apr 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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|Image by: Claire |
Uploaded: 03 Jul 2016
The crop field near the start of the walk.
|Image by: Claire |
Uploaded: 03 Jul 2016
Heading into the crop field. There was a path but the wet June/July (2016) meant that there was a healthy crop of barley to wade through.
|Image by: Claire |
Uploaded: 03 Jul 2016
The covered well made a great place to stop - don't worry you can't fall in.
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