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Baddesley Common and Emer Bog

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Baddesley Common and Emer Bog
Author: Penny Hastings, Published: 22 Oct 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Baddesley Common and Emer Bog Walking Guide star1 Baddesley Common and Emer Bog Walking Guide star1 Baddesley Common and Emer Bog Walking Guide star1 Baddesley Common and Emer Bog Walking Guide star0 Baddesley Common and Emer Bog Walking Guide
Hampshire, North Baddesley
Walk Type: Woodland
Baddesley Common and Emer Bog
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Baddesley Common and Emer Bog Walking Guide boot Baddesley Common and Emer Bog Walking Guide
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A 3.5 mile figure-of-eight walk in Hampshire, giving you a snip of the New Forest and taking you through common land grazed by ponies and on a boardwalk trail through a wood. The area known as Baddesley Common and Emer Bog consists of grassland heath, bog and deciduous forest which instantly reminds you of the New Forest. It is hardly surprising then to discover that it originally formed part of the most easterly corner of the New Forest. Today it is a nature reserve and a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) managed by Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. It lies between Crampmoor to the north and North Baddesley to the south. Although a relatively small area, it is rich in flora and fauna and has a very varied habitat.

Although the ground underfoot is frequently waterlogged, the wooden boardwalk along the wettest stretch is always well drained and is also covered with wire mesh so that it is not slippery even in the wettest of weather. Stout walking boots or wellingtons are recommended. You will need to negotiate several kissing gates and farm gates plus 4 stiles, all of which have gaps alongside which should be suitable for most dogs. The route is relatively flat and you will be sharing some of the grassland with grazing ponies. You will also pass Emer Farm which is home to a colony (or "mob"!) of emus – but they are fenced away from the path! There are a couple of crossings of the A27 that need care, although this is within the 40mph area. Allow 1.5 hours. (For a shorter version you could exclude the loop around the woodland boardwalk).

The walk starts and finishes in the village of North Baddesley, on Emer Close. There is plenty of roadside parking available here. Approximate post code SO52 9DE.

From M27: Leave the motorway at Junction 3 and join A3057 heading for Romsey. At the roundabout, take the A27 heading for North Baddesley and Southampton. Go past the Luzborough pub on your left and at the roundabout turn right onto Botley Road. When you reach the village of North Baddesley turn right into Emer Close.
From M3 (Winchester): Exit the motorway at Junction 14 and head towards Southampton. At the first roundabout after the motorway, go almost completely around the roundabout and take the A27 Chilworth Road towards Romsey and North Baddesley. Then signs as for Southampton.
From Southampton: head up to the top of the Avenue and turn left to take the A27 Chilworth Road to Romsey and North Baddesley. When you reach the village of North Baddesley go through two sets of traffic lights. Go past signs for Test Valley Business Park on your right and then turn into Emer Close on your left.

Walk Sections

Start to Kissing Gate
Start to Kissing Gate

Start point: 50.9811 lat, -1.4442 long
End point: 50.9864 lat, -1.4446 long

Start at Emer Close where you can park along the roadside. From the entrance of Emer Close, cross Botley Road (the A27) and take the footpath directly opposite Emer Close, passing Test Valley Business Park on your right and several houses on your left. The path is fenced on both sides and will take you through several fields.

Kissing Gate to Wood Entrance
Kissing Gate to Wood Entrance

Start point: 50.9864 lat, -1.4446 long
End point: 50.988 lat, -1.445 long

At the end of the fenced path section you will arrive at a kissing gate which will take you into a more open area of heathland and bushes. There are three paths at this point. Take the middle one, straight ahead of you, which leads to the wood entrance.

Wood Entrance to Sleeper Bridge
Wood Entrance to Sleeper Bridge

Start point: 50.988 lat, -1.445 long
End point: 50.9901 lat, -1.4455 long

The path takes you to the entrance of a wood where you will see signs about the nature reserve. Go through the gate and into the reserve. There are lots of pony tracks in the wood so it is possible to lose track of the path at this point (the live GPS-map will help). Keep straight on and then bear slightly left. This should take you to the first sleeper bridge (pictured).

Sleeper Bridge to Small Copse
Sleeper Bridge to Small Copse

Start point: 50.9901 lat, -1.4455 long
End point: 50.9909 lat, -1.4462 long

Beyond the sleeper bridge the path leads you towards the edge of the wood. You will come to a stile which leads you into a small copse (pictured).

Small Copse to Green Lane
Small Copse to Green Lane

Start point: 50.9909 lat, -1.4462 long
End point: 50.9956 lat, -1.4476 long

Cross the stile and follow the signs on the stile which will point you diagonally left through the copse. At the far side of the copse, cross over the stile (pictured) and then turn right across the heath. Ahead of you is another stile leading down a fenced path. This will take you down to Green Lane.

Green Lane to Woodland Gate
Green Lane to Woodland Gate

Start point: 50.9956 lat, -1.4476 long
End point: 50.9905 lat, -1.4397 long

At Green Lane turn sharp right, go past Emer Farm and head back up towards the nature reserve. In the paddock to your left you may see emus grazing. At the end of the fenced path you reach a kissing gate with signs for the nature reserve. Go through the gate and into an area of open grassland. Bear slightly left and you will see another gate leading into a wood.

Woodland Gate to Boardwalk Start
Woodland Gate to Boardwalk Start

Start point: 50.9905 lat, -1.4397 long
End point: 50.9919 lat, -1.4311 long

Go through the gate and enter a large area of deciduous woodland. Keep the fence on your right as you loop around the reserve. There are various footpaths on your right which lead off to other entrances to the reserve from Nutburn Road and Pound Lane. Keep following the fence around until you reach the boardwalk.

Boardwalk Start to Boardwalk Finish
Boardwalk Start to Boardwalk Finish

Start point: 50.9919 lat, -1.4311 long
End point: 50.9929 lat, -1.4366 long

Simply follow the length of the boardwalk which takes you around the reserve in a circular route.

Boardwalk Finish to Reserve Signs
Boardwalk Finish to Reserve Signs

Start point: 50.9929 lat, -1.4366 long
End point: 50.9885 lat, -1.4433 long

At the end of the boardwalk, continue walking around the edge of the reserve, keeping the fence on your right. When you arrive back at the gate at the entrance to the wood, go back through it and then head slightly right through the open grassland (not back towards Emer Farm). You will go past a farm gate on your right marked private. Keep going straight on through the trees. You will go past a wooden swing on your right and then reach a gate with signs at the edge of the reserve.

Reserve Signs to End
Reserve Signs to End

Start point: 50.9885 lat, -1.4433 long
End point: 50.9813 lat, -1.4442 long

From the edge of the nature reserve, head left and slightly uphill through open heath land. You will arrive back at the kissing gate with the three paths. Go through and follow the fenced path back to Emer Close where the walk began.

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2 comments for "Baddesley Common and Emer Bog"

Really enjoyed this walk, thanks for posting. It's good for a short stroll and has plenty of shaded areas if it's hot, which it was when we went. It was very dry when we went, but looked like it could get quite muddy in parts, so boots essential for most of the year. Good mixture of lovely wild flower meadow, old woodland and open marshland. We saw no ponies, but a few Emus were very bemused by us! Nothing strenuous here and the distance is just right for a casual stroll. GPS very useful in parts and is well mapped.

By cathyj on 30 Jun 2018

This is a great walk, it is easy to lose the path in the heathlands so the gps on the map is needed in parts. Saw lots of horses, cattle, emus and other wildlife. It was a long way for my 7 year old but she did really well. It can get really boggy in parts so wellies are a must.

By KayleyHopes on 01 Jun 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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The ponies here aren't wild but make it look even more like the New Forest
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Entrance to the reserve
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