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|Ham Street Woods Circuit|
|Author: Claire, Published: 24 Jul 2017||Walk Rating:|
|A 2 mile circular easy access walk around Ham Street Woods on the edge of Hamstreet village in Kent. Ham Street Woods is a National Nature Reserve, an ancient woodland and a remnant of a continuous oak forest that once covered the Weald. There are beautiful trees to enjoy throughout, carpets of woodland flowers such as wood anemones and bluebells in the spring, weird and wonderful fungi in the autumn and lots of wildlife to discover.
The woodland has many paths and very few landmarks meaning it is easy to get lost, so we strongly recommend using the iFootpath App’s live GPS map to help with navigation. The walk follows mostly unmade paths and tracks through the woodland with gentle to moderate gradients. These firm up nicely in dry summer periods, but can be very muddy after periods of rain and in winter (when wellies would be recommended). You will need to negotiate one simple bridle gate (of generous width), but there are no stiles, steps, kissing gates or livestock on route. Some of the paths, even when dry, can have shallow pot holes and ruts, but the route would be suitable for rugged pushchairs and rugged disability buggies after dry periods. Dogs are welcome in the woodland, in fact it is a popular dog walking spot. Allow 1 hour.
Hamstreet village is located about 6 miles south of Ashford in Kent. If you are coming by car, there is a stone parking area (for about 8 cars) directly alongside the woodland entrance. This is accessed at the end of Bourne Lane. The post code TN26 2HP will take you close to the junction between Ruckinge Road (a one-way street) and Bourne Lane. From this point, turn left into Bourne Lane and continue to the end to find the parking area. If you are coming by train, Hamstreet rail station is just a half-mile walk from the woodland entrance. Leave the station via the car park, turn left along Ashford Road (under the rail bridge) then turn left into Lancaster Close. Take the first road branch on the right and this will lead you to Bourne Lane. Turn left to reach the car park at the end of Bourne Lane.
|Start to Northern Crossroads|
Start point: 51.0682 lat, 0.8581 long
Enter Ham Street Woods via the bridle gate, signed as a bridleway and part of the Saxon Shore Way. Cross the wide concrete bridge to reach an immediate junction of paths with a noticeboard and several waymarkers. Turn left at this junction and follow the wide track into the beautiful woodland.
|Northern Crossroads to Bridleway T Junction|
Start point: 51.0766 lat, 0.8666 long
Turn right at this crossroads and, after just a few metres alongside the next waymarker, stay with the path as it swings right, heading back south. The path leads you steadily downhill, crosses a small stream and then climbs to reach a crossroads of paths (with a waymarker). Turn left and follow this side path running through the trees.
|Bridleway T Junction to End|
Start point: 51.0734 lat, 0.8705 long
Turn right to join the bridleway track (downhill), passing a bench on your right and soon arriving at a fork. Take the left-hand branch, still following the circular blue bridleway arrow. This bridleway is part of both the Greensand Way and Saxon Shore Way long distance paths. Towards the bottom of the slope you will come to the next waymarker, where a path joins from the right. Go ahead here and soon afterwards you will come to a major fork in the track.
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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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