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Hampshire South East

Danebury Hill Fort from Middle Wallop

Description:
This 15.9 mile (25.6km) circular walk from Middle Wallop heads along footpaths through Nether Wallop and Broughton and then joins tracks to visit Danebury Hillfort.  It returns to the start via Kentsboro and Over Wallop.  Sections of this walk is along roads where care needs to be taken.  The walk also crosses both the A30 and A343 twice.

Walk Grade:
Moderate

Distance:
15.9 miles / 25.6km

Time:
5.5. to 6.5 hours

Parking:
This walk starts from the George Inn public house in Middle Wallop (SO20 8EG) (Grid Ref: SU291378). Please ask permission to park and only use the pub car park if you intend to stop for refreshments before or after your walk.

Walk Route:
Leave the George Inn car park and walk north besides the A343 passing Pinchbecks Garage.  Just after the garage take a footpath on the right and follow the way-markers heading east (Grid Ref: SU291380).  There are a series of easily manageable stiles though fields. Stay with the footpath as it crosses two minor roads and then at the third road (Grid Ref: SU300367) turn right and wander down into Nether Wallop. 

At a crossroads head straight across to pass the village green, or Moulands Meadow as it is known. At a junction turn left and then follow the road as sweeps to the right to pass the now closed Five Bells pub. At a junction  turn left into Aylwards Way and then fork right to follow a footpath that runs besides the village playing field (Grid Ref: SU297362).

Stay with the way-marked footpath as it heads across an arable field to pass Berry Court Farm and then on to the A30 (Grid Ref: SU304349).  Cross the road with care and continue on a footpath heading south across fields for 1.7km to reach Broughton.  The path enters the village by the school and then passes the Doctor’s Surgery to reach a road junction.  Turn right along the High Street. Soon after passing the village well  take the next turning on the left to head down Rectory Lane (Grid Ref: SU308329).

Cross the Wallop Brook and at a crossing of paths turn right to walk between the ends of gardens and an arable field.  On reaching a track turn left to follow this route as it heads in a northeasterly direction. Stay with this track, ignoring another track coming in from the right and after going through a small copse it reaches a minor road (Grid Ref: SU322343).  Turn right on a track and follow it for 1.7km to reach the A30 (Grid Ref: SU337353).

Turn right to follow the road verge for a 200 metres before veering away from the road on a track to head towards a copse.  After 375 metres leave the track to join a footpath on the left (Grid Ref: SU343353).  Go through a copse to reach the A30, cross with care and continue heading northwesterly on a footpath besides an arable field. Stay with the footpath as it turns to the left still following the edge of a field.  (Grid Ref: SU335365).

On reaching a junction of tracks and a minor road turn right along a track (Grid Ref: SU329365).  Follow the track heading in a northeasterly direction for 1.2km to reach a minor road.  Turn left and walk 350 metres to the entrance driveway of Danebury Hillfort (Grid Ref: SU332378).  Turn left and follow the track to reach the access land and continue to the summit of the hill to visit the stunning hillfort (Grid Ref: SU324377). 

From the hillfort head back down the entrance driveway to reach the road and turn left to walk besides the road for 2.3km, this is a straight minor road with wide verges but care is needed because it is a popular route with traffic.  On reaching footpath on the right (Grid Ref: SU316394) leave the road and head across fields towards woods.

On entering the trees turn left along a track heading towards Kentsboro. On reaching the A343 turn left and then take the B3084 almost opposite.  After 1.3km take a track, Park Drive, on the left (Grid Ref: SU295403).  Follow this track  towards Park Farm, just before reaching the farm buildings take a footpath on the right which heads across arable fields and then joins a track (Grid Ref: SU290395).

After crossing a minor road  continue on the track, at a junction turn left (Grid Ref: SU287386).  After 65 metres turn right, in 300 metres at the next  junction of tracks turn left.  After going through a small copse the footpath runs through a caravan storage yard and then a further field to reach the A343. Turn right and walk the short distance back to the starting point at the George Inn.

Toilets:
There are public toilets at Danebury Hillfort car park.
Toilets are available in the pubs on this route during opening hours.

Refreshments:
Middle Wallop: The George Inn
Broughton: The Greyhound Inn, The Tally Ho. Broughton Community Shop

Additional Information:
A narrative of this walk with pictures, historical information and points of interest can be viewed on my associated Two Dogs and an Awning website.

To follow this walk you will need Ordnance Survey Outdoor Explorer Map 131 – Romsey, Andover & Test Valley.

© Walking Moonraker (2020)

All information on this site is provided free of charge and in good faith and no liability is accepted in respect of damage, loss or injury which might result from it.  Walking can be dangerous and is done entirely at your own risk.  It is your responsibility to check your route and navigate using a map and compass.

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