Hartley Wintney Parish Council

Local Walks

Walk 1 – All Souls Church & Vaughan Millennium Orchard 2.5 miles

1. Leave the public car park and when on the High Street cross the road, turn left and then almost immediately right down Hardings Lane, which does not have a street sign but runs between Deva Antiques and Kenwood House. On your left is the Architects, Lyons, Sleeman and Hoare. The main building was part of one of the village breweries which closed in about 1910.
2. At the bottom of Hardings Lane and to the right is Hartley Wintney Cricket Club. While its clubhouse is modern the club was formed in 1770 and is one of the oldest in the country.
3. Turn left and facing you is a stand of oaks, one of 3 in the village known as the Mildmay Oaks locally, but also as the Trafalgar Oaks. These were planted in 1807 by Lady Mildmay, at the request of Admiral Collingwood, who wanted to ensure that there would be an ongoing supply of good British oak for our warships.
4. At the end of the road Hartley Wintney Golf Club is to your left. To your right is Causeway Farm and in front of it an idyllic duck pond. Photographs of the farm with most of its barn dating back to the 18th century are used regularly in both local and national publications.
5. Turn right towards Causeway Farm and 50 yards on your left pass through the squeeze posts and follow the footpath signs, which take you along the right hand side of the golf course. After 500 yards you will enter a footpath signposted Elvetham. Turn right along the track and after 100 yards bear to the left following the footpath marker past a small pond. Keep to the right past the footpath notice on a large oak tree.
6. Cross the stiles to the right hand side of the following fields and the river Hart is now on your right. Follow it to the footbridge and once over that turn left and skirt the field crossing the stile by the metal gate.
7. Turn left down the track and having gone over the stile by the metal gate aim for the gate between the 2 large oak trees on the far side of the field.
8. Once over the stile by the metal gate turn left into what is Elvetham Lane, past some cottages and then to your right is the wooden All Souls Church, Hartfordbridge and it churchyard. These were opened in 1876. Services ended in the early 1980s. Opposite are the Calthorpe Houses built in the mid 1960s for deserving people of the Ancient Parish of Elvetham or in the Parish of Hartley Wintney. Follow the road until you reach the A30.
9. Having crossed the A30 walk down Hulfords Lane until the road bears round to the right. Turn left down the track and over the footbridge over the river Hart.
10. When you meet the road turn left and then first right after 200 yards. Follow the road past Hares Farm. Pass through the road closed barrier carry on and the Vaughan Millennium Orchard on your left. This is named after Pat Vaughan the long serving Parish Councillor and latterly Parish Clerk, who died prematurely at the age of 57 in 2008, having dedicated much of his life to serving the interests of the people of Hartley Wintney. There are over 100 different types of apple tree and this is a good spot to have a picnic with its wooden seats ready to rest weary legs. Carry on along Hares Lane and you arrive back in the High Street with access to the car park being on your right.

 

 

Walk 2 – St Mary’s Church and King John’s Ride 2 Miles

1. Leave the public car park and when on the High Street cross the road at the pedestrian crossing and turn left past the Wagon and Horses. Follow the path though the oak trees to the pedestrian crossing by St Johns’s Church. This is one of 3 stands of oak trees in the village known as the Mildmay Oaks locally, but also as the Trafalgar Oaks. These were planted in 1807 by Lady Mildmay, at the request of Admiral Collingwood, who wanted to ensure that there would be an ongoing supply of good British oak for our warships.
2. Passing in front of St John’s Church follow the footpath though what is the most impressive of the 23 stands of oaks, passing Oakwood School on your right, follow the road round the corner.
3. Just before reaching Cottage Green cross the road and follow the footpath, which runs parallel with the road to St Mary’s Church where there are fine views over the countryside. There has been a church on this site for over 700 years and the nave an chancel are St Mary’s.
4. On entering the graveyard if you follw the path down to your left, turn right and walk beyond the oak tree on the boundary you come to the grave of Field Marshall Viscount Alanbrooke, Chief of the Imperial General Staff 1941 – 1946. In 2009 the church is open to the public between 2.30 and 4.30 on April 5 & 19; May 3, 17 & 31; June 14 & 28; July 12 & 26; August 9 & 23 and September 7, 12 &13. Admission at other times can be made, in advance, by calling the Parish Office on 01252 845152.
5. Pass in front of the main door to the church and onto the footpath out of the grounds and through trees, joining the road opposite Church House Farm. Turn left onto the road and walk past Dilly Pond and up the hill ignoring the footpath sign on the left.
6. At the top of the hill just after North Cottage Taplin’s Farm turn right onto the footpath and follow this through the trees then between the fields and then straight on into the woods where you will soon come to a wide footpath which is St John’s Ride. Turn right and follow the path though the woods for 400yds until you reach the road.
7. Cross the road into Mitchell Avenue and take the first right into Church View from which who will have a magnificent view across a field of St Mary’s Church at the top of the hill. Then backtrack and at the exit of Church View  turn immediately right back onto the path, which takes you though some trees to the end of Mitchell Avenue. If you have children you may want to turn left here and 100yards on is the recently refurbished Jubilee Field Play Area.
8. From the end of Mitchell Avenue follow the road past Hartley Wintney Football Club and Greenfields Junior School and turn left down New Road. The Mildmay Oaks are now on your right. Follow down to the main road.
9. The Victoria and Appleton Halls are immediately in front of you. These house the Parish Office and are used by many local organisations for all manner of local events including Farmers’ Markets and performances of the Hartley Arts Group. The original Victoria Hall was opened in 1898 and was refurbished in 1999. Turn right and walk back into the village.

Walk 3 – Hazeley Heath 2 Miles

Hazeley Heath is one of the largest surviving tracts of lowland heath in north Hampshire and is designated as a SSSI and a potential Special Protection Area for its bird life, which includes woodlark, nightjar and Dartford warbler.

1. Leave the public car park and when on the High Street turn left past The Lamb Hotel and keep on the left into Hares Lane, which has a Hunts Common sign on the right. Nos 7 and 10 were The Clarence and King’s Arms public houses until the early 1900s, when there was pressure from government to reduce the number of pubs right across the country.
2. Soon on the right you come to the Vaughan Millennium Orchard. This is named after Pat Vaughan the long serving Parish Councillor and latterly Parish Clerk, who died prematurely at the age of 57 in 2008, having dedicated much of his life to serving the interests of the people of Hartley Wintney. There are over 100 different types of apple tree planted in the orchard and this is a good spot to have a picnic.
3. Carry on walking through the road-closed barrier and on to Hares Farm, which is over 300 years old. Turn left just past Hares Farm and up through the sunken footpath until you emerge into the woodland. Turn immediately right and follow the footpath keeping the barbed wire fence 5 yards to your right. Rising to begin with and then falling through the trees cross over the bridges over a number of culverts. If you look up the heath to your left you will see the remains of the concrete ramp used by the military during WWII for testing the breaking strains of cables.
4. At the bottom of the hill, past the noticeboard, detailing the tree felling work that is being carried out as a part of the Hazeley Heath Management Plan which over a period of years aims to return the area to its former glory, carry on until the river Hart is on your right and drop down to walk beside the river.
5. At the 2 bridges that allow you to cross the river turn left before you reach them and walk out onto the open heath, following the path past the telegraph pole to its left and onto a wooden footway that spans 100 yards of marshy land. Carry on into the copse, over the bridge over the small stream and you now have Hatts Cottage on your right and further on Purdies Farm with its raised square brick barn, which might originally have been on mushroom shaped stones (called staddlestones) and used to store grain beyond the reach of rats and mice.
6. Carry on following the footpath, which runs parallel to the road to Hatts Cottage and Purdy’s Farm and when reaching the gravel track turn left onto the track. After 300 yards turn left at the footpath marker where there are 3 sunken concrete posts. After 50 yards there is a lovely view to your left over the heath.
7. Carry on until you reach the crossroads of 4 major paths and take the 2nd from the left, carry straight on when another large path crosses the one you are on and then to your left you will soon see the remnants of the building at the top of the concrete ramp referred to in 3 above. Take time out to walk though the trees to see some of the best views of the heath from what is nearly its highest point.
8. With the concrete ramp on your left walk on until you reach the major path and turn left and carry on through the holly lined path and down through the woods.
9. Partially shielded by the trees off to the right you will see Springfield Avenue Play Area, which was refurbished in late 2008.
10. At the bottom of the path pass through the kissing gate, on past the small Hawarden Place Play Area, passing between the wooden garden fences until you reach Hares Lane again where you turn right to return to your starting point.

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