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Kempshott and Pardown

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Kempshott and Pardown
Author: Amentura, Published: 08 Sep 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Kempshott and Pardown Walking Guide star1 Kempshott and Pardown Walking Guide star1 Kempshott and Pardown Walking Guide star0 Kempshott and Pardown Walking Guide star0 Kempshott and Pardown Walking Guide
Hampshire, Basingstoke
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Kempshott and Pardown
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty: boot Kempshott and Pardown Walking Guide boot Kempshott and Pardown Walking Guide
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A 6 mile (can be shortened to 3 mile) circular walk around the Kempshott and Pardown (Oakley) areas just to the south of Basingstoke in Hampshire. The walk is through the hills to the south of, and looking over, Basingstoke. Good views across the town and northern Hampshire can be found at a couple of points. The terrain is gentle, so the walk is quite flat for the most part. There is one gentle but moderately long incline of note in the latter half of the walk. A good portion of the walk goes through, or alongside, beautiful old woodlands and hedgerows, all of which exhibit lush and extensive carpets of bluebells and wood anemone in the springtime. Many other wild flowers can be seen dependent on time of year. If you are partial to blackberrying, there are plenty of bountiful bushes along the route. You will follow one short section of quiet public road which is a dead end, so there is no through traffic. If you have dogs with you, certain sections may require they be on a lead in the interests of avoiding disturbance to wild ground-nesting birds and to protect game birds which are reared close by. Wild pheasants and partridges can be a common sight throughout the length of the walk. Some sections of the walk are lower-lying and can get quite muddy after rain; however we have always found that even the largest puddles can be bypassed around their edges. There are no stiles or other climbing obstacles to negotiate, a narrow metal gate is the only obstacle on route. Set aside around two to three hours to complete the walk.

Suggested parking is approximately half way along an old drover track named Fuzzy Drove, there is limited parking for two or three cars at the obvious point where public vehicle access ends and Fuzzy Drove changes to a foot/cycle/bridle path. Approximate post code is RG22 5LU. Try not to park in front of the wooden bollards as vehicle access is required to maintain Fuzzy Drove from time to time. Fuzzy Drove itself can be found on the right-hand side when south bound along Kempshott Lane. It is about two thirds of the way along from the Five-Ways junction with Pack Lane at Kempshott Lane’s northern end.

Walk Sections

Start to End of Fuzzy Drove
Start to End of Fuzzy Drove

Start point: 51.2414 lat, -1.147 long
End point: 51.2412 lat, -1.1476 long

After leaving the vehicle access section of Fuzzy Drove, proceed onto the well-worn footpath section of Fuzzy Drove (Waypoint Go). Continue to where Fuzzy Drove intersects with a surfaced cycle/foot path at Waypoint 1. (NOTE: if you would prefer a shorter walk of approximately half the length, continue straight across this intersection and continue along the well-worn footpath that follows along the northern edge of the field. This path will lead you across a farm track and through a hedgerow, eventually joining with Waypoint 4. If you choose this shorter walk then at this point skip forward to the section entitled ‘T Junction to Puzzle Corner’).

End of Fuzzy Drove to Pack Lane
End of Fuzzy Drove to Pack Lane

Start point: 51.2412 lat, -1.1476 long
End point: 51.2528 lat, -1.1406 long

If you choose to do the full walk, then at the end of Fuzzy Drove (Waypoint 1) turn right onto the surfaced cycle/foot path. You will be walking with fields on your left and housing on your right. Eventually you will see a road, Pack Lane, at the bottom of a short incline. Just before reaching Pack Lane look out for a footpath on your left, it is obvious as it is signposted and has a metal barred entrance way (Waypoint 2). Take this footpath and proceed along a similar surfaced path running alongside the left-hand side of Pack Lane.

Pack Lane to Metal Gate
Pack Lane to Metal Gate

Start point: 51.2528 lat, -1.1406 long
End point: 51.2501 lat, -1.1622 long

Proceed along this path. The way is bordered by a fence on the left and a high hedge on the right. Eventually the path will cross a concrete farm access road. NOTE: this access road leads almost directly onto Pack Lane at this point, so please ensure dogs and children do not stray onto Pack Lane, it is quite a busy road at most times of day, being the main route between Kempshott and the village of Oakley.

Proceed straight across the farm access road and continue on the same surfaced path. The path turns slightly just after this point and follows alongside the main line railway from the west into Basingstoke. Trains can be quite regular and some track noise will be encountered as the path and railway are quite close at this point, sometimes loud train horns can be heard. You will pass a large girder rail bridge on your right before the path eventually enters the edge of woodland. On entering the woodland, look out for a metal gate on your left. At the metal gate you will have arrived at Waypoint 3.

Metal Gate to T Junction
Metal Gate to T Junction

Start point: 51.2501 lat, -1.1622 long
End point: 51.2393 lat, -1.1579 long

Proceed through the metal gate and continue on the well-worn dirt path. You will find yourself walking along the edge of the woodland to your left with an open field on your right. On reaching the far corner of the field, continue to follow the dirt path around the field to the right. Soon you will find a fork in the path, take the left branch, you will see a farmhouse up a slight incline directly in front of you. The path will lead you to the access track for the farm. Take this track and walk past the farmhouse, keeping the building on your right. Walk on past a second set of farm houses, again keeping them on your right, you will see more woodland in front of you. As you arrive at this woodland it may be a good idea to keep dogs on a lead or under close control. The woods you are passing alongside are set aside for the rearing of ground nesting birds and there is no barrier to restrict entrance into the woodland. Pass alongside the woodland and eventually you will come out amongst fields once more. Soon after you will arrive at the T-junction marking Waypoint 4. This is where you would have arrived if you had taken the shorter route mentioned at the beginning.

T Junction to Puzzle Corner
T Junction to Puzzle Corner

Start point: 51.2393 lat, -1.1579 long
End point: 51.2397 lat, -1.1701 long

Turn right at the T-junction and follow the bridleway. Sections of this route can be very wet after rain, one short section can be submerged beneath large puddles of water, however once the bridleway enters the short section of woodland it normally remains dry. The route follows through a hedgerow between two fields, again some lower sections can be wet and muddy following rain, but many previous walkers have bypassed the muddy sections and there are easily spotted alternatives that follow through the hedgerow close to the main dirt path. At worst, the edge of the field to the left of the path, which is on higher ground, can be utilised as a drier alternative. The bridleway eventually turns into a gravel track at the entrance to fields. Continue along this track until you reach a junction with a tarmac road - Pardown. At this junction, you will find the signpost Puzzle Corner and you are at Waypoint 5.

Puzzle Corner to Pheasant Hill
Puzzle Corner to Pheasant Hill

Start point: 51.2397 lat, -1.1701 long
End point: 51.2287 lat, -1.1623 long

Turn left onto Pardown, this is a no-through road so the only traffic you are likely to encounter are the local residents of the houses that you will pass on your right. Pardown eventually ends at a vehicle turning point, look out for a gap in the hedge straight ahead and go through to gain access to a well-worn dirt path leading into fields. This dirt path follows the edge of the field. Follow the dirt path around to the right and then to the left keeping to the edge of the field. Eventually you will come to an obvious gap in the hedgerow on your right, you will see a sign asking that all dogs are kept under close control. Go through this gap and you will find yourself at the bottom end of a very large field running up to the horizon. Walk along the bottom edge of this field eventually turning left at the far corner. Here you will encounter the only serious incline on the walk, it is quite long but gentle and follows alongside some ancient woodland on your right. If you are here in springtime enjoy the woodland flowers. Arriving eventually at the top of the hill, you will encounter open ground and have reached Waypoint 6.

Pheasant Hill to Old Oak
Pheasant Hill to Old Oak

Start point: 51.2287 lat, -1.1623 long
End point: 51.2277 lat, -1.1575 long

(Note: I always put the dogs on a lead at this point, as immediately over the crest of the hill you will enter a section of the walk where there is a large area of farmland with rearing pens set aside for the breading of game birds. Although this area is fenced off, a large dog could quite easily leap over the fence to gain access to the area with bird pens). After passing the pens, continue along the gravel path down the hill where you will pass through many farm buildings and small business units. The route is signposted as a Bridleway leading to the left. This will take you between the buildings, a sharp right turn leads between large metal barns and here you will pick up the dirt footpath once again. You should see the recognisable footpath arrow mounted on a wooden post directly in front of you. Turn left as indicated by the blue arrow, keep the remaining buildings on your left and an open area on your right. Sometimes you can see chicken coups on your right, so again be mindful if you have excited dogs. Head towards the outskirts of the buildings. Proceed past one large oak tree on your right to the corner of the field. A second large oak tree can be seen in a second field slightly ahead to your right. You should see the dirt footpath straight ahead, going along a hedgerow just to the left of this second field. On reaching the hedgerow, you will have arrived at Waypoint 7. Note, this dirt path is maintained but we have seen it overgrown to the extent that it can be a little difficult to locate, especially early in the growing season, so allow the App's live GPS map to guide you if necessary.

Old Oak to End
Old Oak to End

Start point: 51.2277 lat, -1.1575 long
End point: 51.2423 lat, -1.1442 long

Continue along the footpath keeping the field with the second old oak tree to your right and the hedgerow to your left. The path will eventually lead you into an old Beech Wood. Continue through this wood until you reach the far side. Do NOT keep following the path around to the right as it continues through the Beech Wood, instead exit the wood directly in front of you out into open ground. Follow the path keeping the high hedgerow to your left and the housing estate to your right. You may be interested to hear that you are now walking the old Roman Road from Silchester to Winchester. Walk down the grassy incline to pick up a surfaced path/cycle way, here there is a plaque that explains some of the Roman history of this area. Keep to this surfaced path bordered by hedgerows to eventually arrive back at the end of Fuzzy Drove (Waypoint 1). Turn right into Fuzzy Drove to walk back to the suggested parking and the end of the walk.

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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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