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Weston Common and Weston Patrick

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Weston Common and Weston Patrick
Author: Claire, Published: 28 Jan 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Weston Common and Weston Patrick Walking Guide star1 Weston Common and Weston Patrick Walking Guide star1 Weston Common and Weston Patrick Walking Guide star1 Weston Common and Weston Patrick Walking Guide star0 Weston Common and Weston Patrick Walking Guide
Hampshire, Lasham
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Weston Common and Weston Patrick
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Weston Common and Weston Patrick Walking Guide boot Weston Common and Weston Patrick Walking Guide
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A 5 mile circular walk close to the village of Lasham in Hampshire. The route explores the pretty woodland of Weston Common before heading north on a bridleway track, passing between rolling arable fields to reach the village of Weston Patrick, with its beautiful church and pretty cottages. The return leg follows an ancient thoroughfare, now a beautiful woodland track. The area is particularly peaceful and you are likely to see plenty of wildlife along the way.

The walk has several long and steady slopes throughout, but there are no steep sections. The tracks are a mixture of stone, grass and unmade surfaces, some of which can be very muddy at times, so good boots are a must. There are no stiles, gates or steps on route, but the tracks are very rutted in parts and so would not be suitable for pushchairs or disability buggies. You will not be sharing any of the paths with livestock, although you are likely to see plenty of game birds and wild deer so take care with dogs. There is one stretch (of about 300m) along the edge of a road, so take care of traffic on this part. Allow 2.5 hours.

The walk is situated about half-way between Basingstoke and Alton. The walk starts and finishes from the parking area for Weston Common, about 1.5 miles north-east of the village of Lasham. Weston Common shares its vehicle access drive with Humbly Grove Oilfield. The drive is accessed from The Avenue, opposite the Avenue Nurseries Garden Centre. Take the oilfield entrance drive for just 100 metres and you will see the Weston Common parking area on you right (alongside a vehicle barrier and a Forestry Commission Weston Common sign). There is parking for about 10 cars here. Approximate post code GU34 5SU.

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Walk Sections

Start to Five Way Junction
Start to Five Way Junction

Start point: 51.1911 lat, -1.0115 long
End point: 51.1989 lat, -0.9924 long

To begin the walk, pass alongside the vehicle barrier to join the forest track, passing the Forestry Commission Weston Common sign on your right. Simply stay ahead on the main forest stone track and you will pass the fenced grounds of a couple of properties on your right.

The manor of Weston is not mentioned in the Domesday Survey as, at that time, it was probably included in the lands of the manor at Odiham. The first known owner was William Briwere, who was a great favourite of both Richard I and King John. The manor became part of the Duchy of Lancaster and remained with the crown until Henry VIII granted it to Laurence Herwood and Stephen Tennant in 1546. The extensive areas of woodland in the parish are a legacy of the manor lords creating hunting enclosures, including a deer park contained within a park pale. This section of woodland, known as Great Park, was added to the estate in 1546.

Further along, the tracks leads you under powerlines, passing a pylon immediately on your right. About 50 metres later, you will come to a tall wire fence ahead. Turn left to join the grass track, with the tall wire fence running on your right. Eventually the grass track leads you to a staggered T-junction. Turn right onto another grass track, with the tall fence still running parallel but now a little way across to your right. At the end of this track you will come to a vehicle barrier ahead with a house just beyond. There is a single fingerpost pointing right but, in fact, this is a junction of five paths.

Five Way Junction to Weston Patrick Church
Five Way Junction to Weston Patrick Church

Start point: 51.1989 lat, -0.9924 long
End point: 51.2169 lat, -1.0121 long

Turn sharp left here, on the unmade track which leads you back into the woodland common (not the left turn which runs alongside the garden fence). The track leads you through a dip and then climbs steadily. At the top of the rise, follow the path as it turns left along the woodland edge. 80 metres later, follow the path as it turns right, leading you through a narrow belt of trees with open fields each side.

From this point keep your eyes peeled for wildlife. We were lucky enough to see many red kites and buzzards as well as two herds of roe deer, one herd being at least 30 in number.

The track continues, leading you steadily downhill and passes under powerlines to reach a junction. Bear right (at about 2 o’clock) joining the stone track which runs under the powerlines (passing a pylon on your right) and then continuing into an arched hedgerow. Now simply continue on this stone track between fields for about a mile (towards the end you will pass a number of waymarked junctions – each time just stay with the main stone track bending left, then right, then left). At the end of the track, keep ahead through the buildings of Manor Farm and you will come to the church in Weston Patrick village on your right.

Weston Patrick Church to Southern Bridleway
Weston Patrick Church to Southern Bridleway

Start point: 51.2169 lat, -1.0121 long
End point: 51.2138 lat, -1.0189 long

The village name, Weston Patrick, is probably derived from Patrick de Chaworth who owned the Weston manor in the 1200s. The Church of St. Lawrence (dating from the 1100s) with its unusual pagoda bell turret, is built of flint and stone. The fabric was restored and rebuilt in 1868 by Thomas Henry Wyatt, mostly at his own expense. The Wyatts were lords of the manor at that time, and the family paid for the rebuilding of the church and contributed to its upkeep for many years.

Follow the road as it swings right alongside the church and, on the right, you will see a memorial post for Sgt BB Goodall of the Royal New Zealand Airforce who, aged 23, died when his spitfire crashed close to this point in 1942. Just after the church, glance right to see Manor Farmhouse, with its tall chimneys and distinguished stone balustrades.

Follow the road as it bends left, ignore the footpath signed right and, immediately afterwards, take the side road on the left. Follow this road between the village properties, a mixture of flint, thatched, half-timbered and brick. Further along, the lane swings sharp right leading you downhill to a T-junction with the main road.

NOTE: The next short section follows the edge of this main road so take particular care of traffic. Turn left (signed to Alton), follow the road as it bends steadily left (ignoring the first footpath signed to the left). Where the road bears right, fork left into a small lay-by and then turn left onto the woodland track heading south (signed as a bridleway).

Southern Bridleway to End
Southern Bridleway to End

Start point: 51.2138 lat, -1.0189 long
End point: 51.1914 lat, -1.0115 long

This bridleway track leads you past a single property on your right and then continues between hedgerows and fields. As you reach a fork at metal farm gates, take the left-hand branch which leads you through a section of beautiful coppiced woodland. There are some particularly beautiful tree specimens along this stretch, including oak, holly and hazel.

After 800 metres, a much wider section of woodland begins on your left, marking the point at which we re-enter Weston Common. A little way in, ignore the Restricted Byway signed to the right, simply keep ahead on the bridleway track. This track leads you past a field on your right, then uphill through a further section of the woodland before emerging directly to the parking area where the walk began.

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5 comments for "Weston Common and Weston Patrick"

Nicola G: We did this walk today with our dog Levi. It was thoroughly enjoyed by all!! We even spotted the large herd of deer which was mentioned in the walk notes....including one white deer! Lovely walk which we will definitely be repeating! Ideally located for post walk tea and cakes at Avenue Nurseries too!

By Facebook on 20 Feb 2017

Shelley S: Lovely- one of our favourites! Lots of off lead time for Bailey too...

By Facebook on 11 Feb 2017

We did this walk in half term and my eldest said it's one of his favourites, little bit of road but not too much, we even saw frogs spawn 😀

By pob75 on 15 Apr 2017

Hoping to do this walk as we quite often walk in the woods but never as far as this. I wonder if anyone knows, the fenced area mentioned in step 1, just after walking under the power lines, does anyone know what this is and if one is allowed to walk through it? Is the fence simply to keep animals at bay or is it part of someones property?

ADMIN RESPONSE: You do NOT walk through the fenced area to follow this route - you turn left immediately before it to follow the outside of the fenced area. You cannot enter the fenced area as the fenced gates appear to be locked, but the walk does not require you to. The fence is a very tall wire fence, perhaps to control the deer.

By Chricholson on 07 Aug 2017

A lovely walk, very peaceful, didn't meet a sole. Saw the deer in the distance and a deer even crossed our path much to my dogs delight.

By swyatt on 11 Aug 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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