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For your safety, we request that you avoid car sharing, and it is recommended that you bring hand sanitizer to reduce the
risk of infection after touching gates/stiles etc.
A New Forest walk, mostly in woodland but also taking in some heathland. The walk will include some very large trees, a historic fireplace and hopefully some interesting reptiles. Please bring a packed lunch, and plenty of drink if it's hot weather.
Bolderwood car park (free parking)
You are advised to approach Bolderwood via the minor road approaching from the north-west. Note that you cannot access it directly from the A31, and if you approach via Lyndhurst you may well hit a traffic jam!
Bolderwood Arboretum Ornamental Dr, Lyndhurst SO43 7GE, UK
A circular walkthrough pleasant fields and woodlands just to the east of Eastleigh.
Car park on the western edge of the wood
There is a small car park at the end of Stoke Park Road on the western edge of the wood in Bishopstoke. You will need to go through a housing estate to get there. If the car park is full then you can easily park on the residential roads near by. See map on event page (which you can get to by clicking the walk title).
A relatively flat route along the first 17 miles of the Test Way. It starts from Inkpen Hill and goes across fields and woodland before dropping down to the river Test and tracking it along to Longparish. This is not a circular route. We will meet at Longparish, leave some cars there and drive the 30 mins to the start at Inkpen Hill. Please therefore note the earlier start time which will give us time to sort cars and get going. Please bring lunch, water and some money; there are pubs along the way and, time allowing, we may stop to quench the thirst. While a long way, it isn’t too hilly so good for anyone looking to build miles.
Londis, Longparish. SP11 6QX
Train may be possible to stations at Whitchurch or Hungerford.
There is street parking only in Longparish so will leave as few cars as possible.
It's said that Exmoor is a wave-like series of steep hogsbacks and valleys that rolls inexorably to the sea. It's also said that when Coleridge was writing Kubla Khan the person from Porlock appeared and nothing was done for the rest of the day. Thankfully for us, the point of this trip isn't writing poetry, it's doing some walking.
We'll stay in a small B&B near Porlock for the Friday and Saturday night, allowing us to get walking early after a good breakfast. Two walks are planned as follows for the Saturday and Sunday:
Walk 1 - Coleridge and Robber's Bridge - 11.5 miles, 3537ft total ascent.
Walk 2 - Porlock Stones - 9.7miles, 2500ft total ascent
The booking limit on this trip is extremely low because of the limited accomodation. Three rooms are available, two doubles and a twin. The if you want to bring a partner let me know and I'll adjust the available spaces accordingly. The accomodation is approximately £200 per room for the trip. I expect we'll have a meal out on the Saturday night.
Given that this trip is in mid September, we do not expect any COVID restrictions to be in place. If there are restrictions in place we'll adjust the plan accordingly.
West Porlock - Details after booking only
Porlock is on the north Somerset coast, west of Bridgwater.
Sparks J E, West Polock/Nash View/0, Minehead TA24 8NX, UK