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Rowlands Castle and Finchdean

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Rowlands Castle and Finchdean
Author: mike evans, Published: 01 Jan 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Rowlands Castle and Finchdean Walking Guide star1 Rowlands Castle and Finchdean Walking Guide star1 Rowlands Castle and Finchdean Walking Guide star1 Rowlands Castle and Finchdean Walking Guide star0 Rowlands Castle and Finchdean Walking Guide
Hampshire, South Downs
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Rowlands Castle and Finchdean
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Rowlands Castle and Finchdean Walking Guide boot Rowlands Castle and Finchdean Walking Guide
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An easy 4 mile round trip in Hampshire, from Rowlands Castle to Finchdean and back. Through open countryside for most of the time, the route gives you expansive views and no significant hills. You will need to negotiate one stile and a number of kissing gates. You are unlikely to meet any cattle, but there is a good chance that you will encounter some sheep.

Rowlands Castle has good access by car, bus or train. It is easily reached by car from junction 2 of the A3(M). Take the B2149 travelling south until you reach the double roundabout at Rowlands Castle, and turn left at the 1st roundabout onto Red Hill Road. After half a mile, at The Green, park by the side of the road, the double bridge which marks the starting point can be seen in front of you. The number 27 bus service from either Emsworth or Havant goes to Rowlands Castle and stops at the green at the top of Uplands Road (see the first section of the walk as this green is part way round the route). Access by train is available on the Havant to Waterloo line. Exit the station on the north-going line side. The access road leads directly onto Bowes Hill (again see the first section of the walk). Nearest post code PO9 6BW.

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Walk Sections

Start to Wellsworth Lane
Start to Wellsworth Lane

Start point: 50.891 lat, -0.9581 long
End point: 50.8966 lat, -0.9589 long

From The Green, make your way in an easterly direction towards the double arch of the railway bridge which is clearly visible. Immediately before the double bridge, turn left onto Bowes Hill. Walk up the hill for some 180 metres until you reach Uplands Road on the right. Turn right onto Uplands Road.

The road gently bends round to the left. After 200 metres as the road bends more tightly to the left, you meet a small green on the right. Look across the left end of the green for a metal fingerpost pointing to a footpath between two houses. There are a few steps up to the pavement in front of the houses with a galvanised hand rail. Take this path between the houses, which has initially a short box hedge on both sides followed by a chain link fence on the left and then a high wall and then a high wooden fence. The path leads into a drive. Continue straight ahead on the drive. After some 60 metres the drive meets Wellsworth Lane.

Wellsworth Lane to Finchdean
Wellsworth Lane to Finchdean

Start point: 50.8966 lat, -0.9589 long
End point: 50.9086 lat, -0.9517 long

Turn right down Wellsworth Lane. In 50 metres there is a T-junction with a post with 4 waymarker signs. Turn left and the follow the track as it quickly narrows to reach a galvanised gate after some 60 metres or so. Pass through the gate and into a field and continue on the right-hand side of the field with a hedge on your right. After 150 metres the hedge gives way to a field on the right. Cross the fields, a total distance of some 650 metres on a wide path and continue on the same path as it enters some trees. After a further 120 metres or so you meet a five bar gate with a smaller galvanised gate to the left.

Pass through this and go up a drive shortly reaching a lane at a T-junction with a small grass triangle. Turn right onto the lane. Walk down the lane for 325 metres to meet another road at a road junction. Turn left at the junction and walk for 100 metres or so to reach Finchdean and the car park to The George Inn on the right. The walk continues on a footpath which is accessed via a stile on the right-hand side on the car park.

Finchdean to Keepers Cottage
Finchdean to Keepers Cottage

Start point: 50.9086 lat, -0.9517 long
End point: 50.9086 lat, -0.9362 long

From the stile in The George car park, walk down the path for 90 metres to meet a tunnel under the Portsmouth to Waterloo rail line. Walk through the tunnel and into an open field. Walk straight ahead across the arable field towards the right-hand end of a line of trees. Once you have reached the trees, walk past the right-hand end and continue with trees now on your left and an open field on your right.

After 135 metres you will reach a lane. Turn right and, now with fields on both sides, walk for 300 metres to the end of the fields. At the end of the fields turn left onto a stone track.

Walk down the track which passes through woodland for 870 metres to a pretty little cottage on the left where the track bears to the right. Look out for a four way fingerpost.

Keepers Cottage to Wood
Keepers Cottage to Wood

Start point: 50.9086 lat, -0.9362 long
End point: 50.9022 lat, -0.9386 long

At the four-way fingerpost turn right to head up into the woods. After 140 metres through the woods, the path emerges from the wood through a gate and into a field. Go diagonally across the field following the line of some telephone poles to exit via a kissing gate on the far side. Walk along this narrow path, passing by a tall closed wooden fence and then a hedge on your left, to meet a drive after a short distance. There is a two-way fingerpost on your right. Turn left along the gravel drive and, after a short distance, emerge onto a road and turn right.

Walk down the road for 190 metres and, as the road bears right by a small lay-by on the left, there is a fingerpost and a footpath on the left. Follow this footpath across an arable field for 120 metres to a new galvanised kissing gate. Pass through this and, heading diagonally to the right, walk a further 30 metres to another similar kissing gate by a tree line. Pass through this. The path becomes a little indistinct here, certainly at the time of writing due to the quantity of leaves on the ground, but the path bears initially to the right.

Wood to End
Wood to End

Start point: 50.9022 lat, -0.9386 long
End point: 50.891 lat, -0.9581 long

The wood narrows as it progresses with the edges visible on both sides so it is not difficult to find the way. At the end of the wood (after about 240 metres), pass through a new galvanised steel kissing gate. Walking (slightly) diagonally to the left, cross a short area of grass and go though a similar kissing gate. Now walk with woods on your left and (after a few trees) open fields on your right. Continue for 420 metres and go through a kissing gate into a short stretch of woodland (50 metres or so).

At the end of the short wood, exit through another kissing gate and into open pasture. Follow the path across the pasture for 850 metres, passing through a kissing gate at 320 metres. There are woods to your left and open country to your right. At the end of the pasture, go through a (currently wooden) kissing gate and back into the wood. Follow the path through the wood for 100 metres or so and, after crossing a small wooden bridge, turn right on a broader path. After a few metres you will exit the wood onto a road. Turn left onto the road and walk 160 metres back to the double arched rail bridge where you started.

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1 comments for "Rowlands Castle and Finchdean"

At just over two hours (including a stop for a drink at the George pub in Finchdean), this is a perfect walk for an afternoon.

By cluffythecat on 26 Jul 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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5 gallery images for "Rowlands Castle and Finchdean"

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Uploaded: 26 Jul 2017
A pleasant walk through cornfields.
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Uploaded: 26 Jul 2017
"The George" pub at Finchdean is roughly one third of the way.
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Uploaded: 26 Jul 2017
Very clear path through the field.
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Uploaded: 26 Jul 2017
Turn here to head south.
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Uploaded: 26 Jul 2017
At nearly 11 miles away Portsmouth's Spinnaker Tower is visible on the horizon. (Zoom used in this photo!)

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