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Ramsdell and Wyeford

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Ramsdell and Wyeford
Author: Martin, Published: 06 Dec 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Ramsdell and Wyeford Walking Guide star1 Ramsdell and Wyeford Walking Guide star1 Ramsdell and Wyeford Walking Guide star1 Ramsdell and Wyeford Walking Guide star0 Ramsdell and Wyeford Walking Guide
Hampshire, Ramsdell
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Ramsdell and Wyeford
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty: boot Ramsdell and Wyeford Walking Guide boot Ramsdell and Wyeford Walking Guide
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A varied 5.5 mile circular walk through fields and woodland starting at Ramsdell, a small village north-west of Basingstoke in Hampshire. It passes two intriguing properties: Clapperhill House, and Wyeford Farm (a 17th century moated house).

The walk is relatively flat with a few gentle slopes and follows woodland bridleways, crosses pastureland, and has a few short sections of quiet road. The woodland paths can get muddy after wet weather. There are some gates (including kissing gates) and 8 stiles (including a double stile) to negotiate, and there is one section of fields sometimes grazed by sheep or cattle - sometimes including a bull. However, there is an alternative road route to avoid these livestock fields if you prefer (also avoiding six of the stiles). Allow 2.5 hours.

Ramsdell is located about 4 miles north-west of Basingstoke and is accessible from the A339. The walk starts and finishes outside Christ Church in the centre of the village. Park on the road or verge near the church. Approximate postcode is RG26 5RA.

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Walk Sections

Start to West Heath
Start to West Heath

Start point: 51.313 lat, -1.1559 long
End point: 51.3172 lat, -1.1522 long

The walk starts at the gate of Christ Church in Ramsdell. With the church on your left, walk along Monk Sherborne Road towards Charter Alley. After 100m, just before the lay-by, take the footpath to your left. The path opens out shortly into a field. Follow the field edge straight ahead and then right, and pass through a metal kissing gate. At the end of the next field, the path turns right. Follow that until you reach a white pipeline marker.

West Heath to Fields
West Heath to Fields

Start point: 51.3172 lat, -1.1522 long
End point: 51.3259 lat, -1.1621 long

Turn left to cross the field, and at the far side, after another kissing gate, turn left onto The Common and follow the lane until you reach a T-junction. Turn right, follow the lane for 400m and turn left into Hollybush Lane. At the end of Hollybush Lane where the tarmac ends, turn right and follow the footpath between two houses. Climb over the stile and cross the field directly ahead towards another stile. Note that this field and the following three fields are sometimes grazed by sheep or cattle - sometimes including a bull.

(If you prefer to avoid these fields, then don't turn left into Hollybush Lane, but continue straight ahead on The Common past Deans Lane, and then after Coombe Farm turn left into Church Road. After 700m, shortly after the second entrance to Stratton Manor, you rejoin the main route.)

Fields to Browninghill Green
Fields to Browninghill Green

Start point: 51.3259 lat, -1.1621 long
End point: 51.3319 lat, -1.1612 long

After the stile, the path turns slightly left towards another footpath sign at the ridge of the slope. At that sign, do NOT go over the stile but turn right and follow the left-hand field edge until you reach another stile. Cross that stile and continue to take a pair of stiles one after another, then follow the right-hand field edge to the far end. Exit the field over a further stile, and turn left onto Church Road. (The alternative route rejoins here). After 150m, turn right onto a track leading to various houses and Browninghill Farm. You will reach a pair of wooden gates with a separate footpath gate. Turn immediately right after the gate, and follow the edge of the field towards a pond at the far side.

Browninghill Green to Browninghill Copse
Browninghill Green to Browninghill Copse

Start point: 51.3319 lat, -1.1612 long
End point: 51.3319 lat, -1.1538 long

Just before the pond, turn right through a wrought iron gate, and follow the path along the top of the bank. At the end of the bank, turn left and walk towards the footpath marker. Turn right there, and cross a small wooden bridge before passing through a wooden gate into open fields. Keep straight ahead across the field towards the woodland on the far side. Enter the woodland through a wooden gate and cross a small bridge.

Browninghill Copse to Charcoal Gully
Browninghill Copse to Charcoal Gully

Start point: 51.3319 lat, -1.1538 long
End point: 51.3289 lat, -1.1447 long

Follow the path through Browninghill Copse up to Church Road. Turn left onto Church Road and follow it round to the right past a large thatched barn. The road curves left then, at the second sharp left turn in the road, take the bridleway to your right. After about 300m on the bridleway, you will come to a junction with two metal gates. Take the left-hand (white) gate, then follow the winding track through the woodland.

Charcoal Gully to Wyeford Farm
Charcoal Gully to Wyeford Farm

Start point: 51.3289 lat, -1.1447 long
End point: 51.3253 lat, -1.1389 long

At the end of the wood, with open paddocks to your left, the track opens out and curves slightly to the right, then passes in front of Wyeford Farm, a 17th century moated house. Continue straight on past the house and through the driveway gates.

Wyeford Farm to Clapperhill
Wyeford Farm to Clapperhill

Start point: 51.3253 lat, -1.1389 long
End point: 51.3218 lat, -1.1389 long

Follow the gravel driveway for about 500m until you reach two houses on the right. Between the two houses there is a narrow footpath entrance on the right (if you reach the point where the driveway splits then you have gone too far). Follow the footpath which is fenced on both sides, and it soon takes you past Clapperhill House, a large house built in the Arts and Crafts style. The footpath heads down a slope, and passes a lake and boat house on your left.

Clapperhill to Junction
Clapperhill to Junction

Start point: 51.3218 lat, -1.1389 long
End point: 51.3221 lat, -1.1433 long

Cross a small wooden bridge, then walk to the end of the path where there is another wooden bridge and a stile. Immediately after the stile the path turns sharp right. Follow this path along the field edges until you reach another stile. Cross that stile, walk to the right of a metal gate, and turn left onto the footpath. Almost immediately you will reach a junction of footpaths - turn left here.

Junction to End
Junction to End

Start point: 51.3221 lat, -1.1433 long
End point: 51.3129 lat, -1.1558 long

Follow the footpath all the way, passing another metal gate, until you reach a gravel driveway serving various houses in Charter Alley. At the end of that driveway, turn right onto Pamber Road passing several houses. Go straight ahead at the crossroads, then at the end of the short lane, turn slightly right onto Monk Sherborne Road (signposted towards Ramsdell). Continue to the end of Monk Sherborne Road until you reach your starting point at Christ Church.

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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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