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Forest of Bere West Walk Loop

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Forest of Bere West Walk Loop
Author: Claire, Published: 03 Jul 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Forest of Bere West Walk Loop Walking Guide star1 Forest of Bere West Walk Loop Walking Guide star1 Forest of Bere West Walk Loop Walking Guide star0 Forest of Bere West Walk Loop Walking Guide star0 Forest of Bere West Walk Loop Walking Guide
Hampshire, Wickham
Walk Type: Woodland
Forest of Bere West Walk Loop
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot Forest of Bere West Walk Loop Walking Guide
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A 3 mile (or 1.5 mile) circular easy-access walk around the Forest of Bere in Hampshire. A mixture of woodland, open space, heathland, farmland and downland, the Forest of Bere is the nearest and most accessible countryside for many of the residents of south-east Hampshire. Together with the remaining oak and modern conifer plantations, there are areas of retained scrub and coppice, streams, ponds and an extensive network of rides and paths. This walking route performs a simple loop around a section of the mixed woodland, with plenty of wildlife to enjoy along the way.

As with all woodland walks, the lack of recognisable landmarks makes navigation tricky, so the iFootpath App’s live GPS map will be the best way of avoiding wrong turns. The walk is easy-access, with no stiles, steps, kissing gates, gates or livestock. The shorter version of the route follows wide, stone-surfaced forest tracks which are firm for most of the year and would be suitable for rugged pushchairs and rugged mobility buggies. The only restriction is a gap alongside a vehicle barrier, which is about 1 metre wide. The longer version of the walk includes an additional loop through unmade, narrower woodland paths which can be a little muddy throughout the year and will be very muddy in winter (when wellingtons are recommended). Both routes have only gentle to moderate gradients, with nothing too steep. Dogs are welcome in the forest. There are toilets in the car park at the start of the walk, several benches and picnic tables around the site and a refreshment van is also in the picnic area for most of the summer months. Allow 1 to 1.5 hours.

The Forest of Bere is located just to the north east of Wickham and about 4 miles north of Fareham. There are several visitor car parks and this route starts at the West Walk Forestry Commission car park, accessed from Hundred Acres Road. The parking fee is £1.80 for up to 2 hours (correct Jul 2017). Approximate post code PO17 6JD.

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Walk Sections

Start to Major Fork
Start to Major Fork

Start point: 50.907 lat, -1.153 long
End point: 50.9102 lat, -1.157 long

Begin the walk on the car park’s entrance drive. Standing with your back to the car park entrance, walk straight ahead to the far end of the car park to reach a vehicle barrier ahead. Go ahead past the barrier, passing a yellow footpath arrow on your left and the BBQ Picnic Area (including the toilets) across to your right. After just a few metres, with the gated entrance for a play area on your left and a Forest of Bere Trail green sign ahead, bear left to follow the wide stone track (marked with the yellow footpath arrow).

The track leads you past the woodland adventure playground within the trees on your right before continuing gently downhill. Just after passing a large chestnut tree with a rope swing on your left, the wide stone track swings right to reach a major fork. There is a car park sign on your right and West Walk and Woodend distance markers on each branch of the fork.

Major Fork to Stream Crossing
Major Fork to Stream Crossing

Start point: 50.9102 lat, -1.157 long
End point: 50.9143 lat, -1.157 long

Take the left-hand branch (marked West Walk 2010m and Woodend 1150m and with a small arrow denoting the Hampshire Millennium Pilgrim’s Trail). Follow the main wide stone track, ignoring any small side paths into the trees. Continue until you reach a crossroads. Turn right here, still on the widest stone track (marked West Walk 1510m and Woodend 650m).

At the next fork, ignore the left-hand branch (which leads to the Woodend car park). Instead, keep straight ahead (marked West Walk 1260m). In the bottom of the shallow dip you will see a short section of fencing on your left. This marks the point where your track crosses a stream (although this can dry up in the height of summer). The stream is a tributary of the nearby River Meon.

Stream Crossing to Liberty Bend
Stream Crossing to Liberty Bend

Start point: 50.9143 lat, -1.157 long
End point: 50.9203 lat, -1.1451 long

Keep straight ahead on the wide stone track, climbing gently for 50 metres and then bearing right. Look out for a side track on your right (marked West Walk 860m). Here you have two choices. If you wish to follow the shorter route which avoids the narrowest and muddiest sections, turn right here and follow the West Walk signs back to the car park. However, for the full walk, go straight ahead at this junction.

At the next crossroads (with a car park arrow on your left), turn left, still following a wide stone track. Continue until the track begins to lead you more steeply downhill and, just before it bears left to begin climbing, turn right onto a smaller side path. This path can be muddy in part, but for most of the way you will be able to see stones and red bricks just below the surface mud. Follow this long, fairly straight path all the way to the far end, where it swings hard right. This marks the edge of the forest, close to Liberty Road (although the road is not visible when the trees are in leaf).

Liberty Bend to Main Track
Liberty Bend to Main Track

Start point: 50.9203 lat, -1.1451 long
End point: 50.9108 lat, -1.1538 long

Immediately after this sharp right bend, ignore the grass path to your left, instead continue ahead on the path leading you back into the heart of the forest. Ignore any smaller side turns. Some sections of this path can be particularly muddy at times, but it is possible to avoid the worst of it by taking small detours into the trees at the sides of the path. Eventually you will emerge to a crossroads with a wide, level, surfaced track.

Turn right along this track and it leads you back to the crossroads that you passed through earlier in the walk. Turn left here, following a wide stone path. The path bears steadily left and then begins to climb gently, bearing slightly right. At the top, you will reach a staggered T-junction with a bench ahead.

Turn sharp right at this junction and follow the woodland path leading you steadily downhill. Follow this path winding and undulating ahead, going straight on at the first crossroads and later reaching a wide fork. Turn left here, heading uphill, and this narrow path leads you out to a junction with the main surfaced track.

Main Track to End
Main Track to End

Start point: 50.9108 lat, -1.1538 long
End point: 50.9074 lat, -1.153 long

Turn left to join the main, wide stone track. The track leads you first gently and then more steeply uphill and you will emerge to the BBQ Picnic Area. Beyond this you will find the car park where the walk began.

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1 comments for "Forest of Bere West Walk Loop"

This walk does not have a Getting There section so you’ve got to figure that out on your own.

ADMIN RESPONSE: This walk, like all our walks, DOES have a Getting There section, including the nearest post code. If you are viewing the walk on the website, it is the final paragraph within the introduction. If you are using the App, you need to open the Walk Overview page then tap 'Walk' top right. This opens all the detailed walk information, the first page is Getting There and if you swipe across (to turn the pages) you will get each section of 'turn-by-turn walking directions'. The 'Map' button (top right) then opens the live GPS map. All our walking guides follow this identical structure. Can I suggest you visit the iFootpath website and check out the User Guides if you are struggling to navigate the App.

By moserj on 01 Apr 2018

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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