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Otter Trail: Allbrook and Otterbourne

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Otter Trail: Allbrook and Otterbourne
Author: Penny Hastings, Published: 28 Sep 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Otter Trail: Allbrook and Otterbourne Walking Guide star1 Otter Trail: Allbrook and Otterbourne Walking Guide star1 Otter Trail: Allbrook and Otterbourne Walking Guide star1 Otter Trail: Allbrook and Otterbourne Walking Guide star0 Otter Trail: Allbrook and Otterbourne Walking Guide
Hampshire, Eastleigh
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Otter Trail: Allbrook and Otterbourne
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Otter Trail: Allbrook and Otterbourne Walking Guide boot Otter Trail: Allbrook and Otterbourne Walking Guide
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A 3.5 mile circular walk from village of Allbrook in Hampshire. The Otter Trail was created by Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and takes you along part of the Itchen Navigation Path and through Otterbourne Park Woods. You will pass several old locks and enjoy long stretches of riverside path as well as beautiful sections of woodland. There is chance to see llamas along the way as well as a memorial garden.

The path follows the course of the river for much of its length so is generally flat. The only real hill is a gradual incline across a field which takes you up to Otterbourne Park Woods. You will need to negotiate several stiles and kissing gates, all of which are fairly dog-friendly. The paths along the river are towpaths so are in a good state of repair, although some are narrow and you have to walk in single file. Otterbourne Park Woods can get a bit muddy. Stout walking boots or shoes are recommended (wellies are probably not necessary except in winter/after heavy rain). You will not be sharing any of the paths with livestock. Allow 1.5 hours.

Allbrook is a village in the borough of Eastleigh, Hampshire. It is within easy reach of the M3. Leave the motorway at Junction 12 and head down Allbrook Way towards Eastleigh. At the roundabout take first left down Allbrook Hill. Take first left into Pitmore Road where you can park on the road. Approximate post code SO50 4LW.

Walk Sections

Start to Allbrook Lock
Start to Allbrook Lock

Start point: 50.9897 lat, -1.347 long
End point: 50.9874 lat, -1.344 long

Start at Pitmore Road where there is roadside parking. Head down the hill and, at the end of Pitmore Road, turn left into Highbridge Road. Once you are on Highbridge Road, go under the railway bridge. You will hear the water rushing through Allbrook Lock. Go past the lock and turn immediately left down the footpath.

Allbrook Lock to Kiln Lane
Allbrook Lock to Kiln Lane

Start point: 50.9874 lat, -1.344 long
End point: 50.9995 lat, -1.3348 long

Follow the path along the River Itchen for some distance up towards Kiln Lane. The river is initially on your left, although the river splits further along, so it will run both sides of you later. You will pass a llama farm on the left-hand side of the river, so you may see people llama walking. The river is next to the railway line so you may hear the occasional train too.

Kiln Lane to Pumping Station
Kiln Lane to Pumping Station

Start point: 50.9995 lat, -1.3348 long
End point: 51.0072 lat, -1.3316 long

As you emerge onto Kiln Lane, cross the road bridge and immediately turn right down the footpath on the other side of road and river. Follow the Itchen Navigation Path - the river will now be on your right. Further along, follow the path round to the left and, when you reach the pumping station, take the path to the left. If you have time, Hawksley Corner Memorial Garden on your right is worth a visit.

Pumping Station to Railway Underpass
Pumping Station to Railway Underpass

Start point: 51.0072 lat, -1.3316 long
End point: 51.0033 lat, -1.3349 long

Continue past the pumping station on your left. Cross the access lane and climb over a stile. Here the path divides, but keep left and the path will take you under some trees and down across another stile. The path takes you through woods and a field. The railway line is on your right. When you reach the gate, turn right at the gate and go under the railway. There are signs along the route for the Otter Trail.

Railway Underpass to Old Churchyard
Railway Underpass to Old Churchyard

Start point: 51.0033 lat, -1.3349 long
End point: 51.0012 lat, -1.3383 long

Turn immediately left after the railway underpass and follow the path straight on. This will take you through the churchyard of the old church of St. Matthew. The church was demolished in 1971 but the graveyard remains.

Old Churchyard to Otterbourne Park Wood
Old Churchyard to Otterbourne Park Wood

Start point: 51.0012 lat, -1.3383 long
End point: 51.0001 lat, -1.3449 long

You will emerge back onto Kiln Lane via a kissing gate. Turn right onto Kiln lane. This is just a short stretch of road but take care on the bend, as it is very busy. When you see a private road on your left, cross over the lane and climb over the stile into the field. The path takes you diagonally across the field and into Otterbourne Park Wood. The field can get a bit boggy.

Otterbourne Park Wood to Footbridge
Otterbourne Park Wood to Footbridge

Start point: 51.0001 lat, -1.3449 long
End point: 50.996 lat, -1.345 long

Follow the Otter Trail signs through the wood, until you reach a waymarker post on your right, signalling for you to turn left over the small sleeper bridge (pictured).

Footbridge to End
Footbridge to End

Start point: 50.996 lat, -1.345 long
End point: 50.99 lat, -1.347 long

Cross the sleeper bridge. At this point the path narrows and can become a bit confusing because there are a lot of bends. You can see an open field on your left, running along the edge of the wood - keep this on your left and you won't lose your way. At the end of the wood, the trail turns right uphill and then bears left onto a cart track. Follow this directly back to Pitmore Road where the walk began.

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2 Comments for: "Otter Trail: Allbrook and Otterbourne"

Despite parking on a road to start the walk it is surprisingly lovely. The river section is very peaceful and we saw so much wildlife; from Alpacas, deer and rabbits to swans. It is quite wet in areas so be prepared!

By lucywalks on 26 May 2018

Really gorgeous walk along the river but the wooded part of the walk was very muddy and hard to walk on. Do this part in dry weather!

By marie123 on 06 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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Path gets a bit confusing after this point! Keep the field on your left.
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Keep that field on your left!
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Watching the llamas playing in the mud!
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