GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Bransgore Walks

7 miles (11.4 km)

This picturesque New Forest village is close to some fine trails, a national nature reserve and some notable park viewpoints. There's also some quaint cottages and a nice old thatched inn for refreshments.
This walk from the village visits the Dur Hill Inclosure, Kingston Great Common National Nature Reserve and the viewpoints at Vereley Hill and Picket Plain. There's great views from the high points and lots of ponies and horses to see on the way too.
The walk starts at Thorney Hill just to the north east of the village. From here you can pick up a trail heading north west to the Dur Hill Inclosure. Follow the trails north and they will take you into the Kingston Great Common National Nature Reserve where there's lots of wildlife to look out for. Head north through the reserve and you'll pass Burnt Axon, Church Moor, Castle Hill Fort, Little Castle Common and Vereley Hill before coming to the viewpoint at Picket Plain. There's splendid views over the area from this elevated position which is over 300 feet above sea level.

Postcode

BH23 8JH - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Bransgore OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

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Walks near Bransgore

  • Holmsley - This walk takes you to the Holmsley Inclosure and Holmsley Bog in the New Forest
  • Wilverley Plain - This circular walk visits Wilverley Plain and the Wilverley Inclosure in the New Forest.
  • Burley New Forest - Enjoy a series of nice footpaths through the Old and New Burley Inclosures in the New Forest
  • Blackwater Arboretum Trail - Explore the New Forest's Blackwater Arboretum on two super waymarked walking trails
  • Ober Water - This nice, easy walk takes you around the pretty Ober Water in the New Forest
  • Knightwood Oak - Visit the largest oak tree in the New Forest on this short, accessible walk

Pubs/Cafes

Head to the Three Tuns for some post walk refreshments. The 17th century pub is set in a delightful old thatched barn. Outside there's alarge terrace with water feature & superb gardens surrounded by views over the open country.It's a fine place to relax on a sunny day. You can find them at postcode BH23 8JH for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The woodland and heathland trails on the walk are ideal for dog walking. The Three Tuns mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the north east you can visit the popular village of Burley and explore the adjacent Holmsley Inclosure and Wilverley Plain.
For more walking ideas in the area see the New Forest Walks page.

Photos

Little Cottage, Hill Lane, Bransgore - geograph.org.uk - 1895617

Little Cottage, Hill Lane, Bransgore

Track on Dur Hill Down, New Forest - geograph.org.uk - 502693

Track on Dur Hill Down, New Forest This track leads down from Dur Hill Inclosure to the Burley-Bransgore road. The tree on the left is some kind of willow, showing that the soil here is suitably damp. This is presumably why the track is hard - it is the main route for timber vehicles leaving the Dur Hill Inclosure.

Track from Dur Hill Inclosure, New Forest - geograph.org.uk - 501452

Track from Dur Hill Inclosure, New Forest. This track leads down to the Burley-Bransgore road from Dur Hill Inclosure. The inclosure was created in 1962, and presumably this hard track was made at the same time. It is the only access route for the extraction of harvested timber from the inclosure, and from Kingston Great Common to the north of the dismantled railway line. The body of water in Whitten Bottom below is called Whitten Pond.

Cleared area in the west of the Dur Hill Inclosure, New Forest - geograph.org.uk - 501339

Cleared area in the west of the Dur Hill Inclosure. The pines from this western strip of the Dur Hill Inclosure have been harvested and the ground has been left to revert to its former heathy state. Many small pine saplings have sprung up, not surprising considering the number of pine cones on the ground. If this area is to be managed as heathland then human intervention will be needed to remove the saplings.

Kingston Great Common NNR - geograph.org.uk - 502661

Kingston Great Common NNR. Everything beyond the fence and boundary stone in the foreground is Kingston Great Common National Nature Reserve, a strip of heath and mire immediately to the west of the New Forest. A few self-sown pines have sprung up, offspring of the pines in the plantations on other parts of Kingston Great Common. The bright green region, illuminated by direct sunlight, is the mire that drains the New Forest bog complexes of Cranes Moor and Vales Moor.

Ponies on Vereley Hill, New Forest - geograph.org.uk - 495937

Ponies on Vereley Hill. These are a few of a much larger social gathering of ponies on the heathland plateau on Vereley Hill. The ground has been cleared recently by burning, and the regrowth has been kept low by heavy grazing pressure from ponies and cattle. In some places in the New Forest area (e.g. the Bramshaw Commons) the grazing pressure is so intense that heather has been eliminated from the heathland.

Heathland view over Broad Bottom, New Forest - geograph.org.uk - 497335

Heathland view over Broad Bottom. The broad valley in the middle distance is, appropriately enough, Broad Bottom, with the sandy undulations of Vales Moor to the right (which, appropriately enough, has a lot of small valleys). In the foreground, on the edge of Vereley Hill plateau, bell heather is blooming purple. Some ponies are grazing in the mire below. In the far distance (on the left) is Castle Hill near Burley Street, and in the very far hazy distance (to the right) is what might be Town Common near Christchurch.

Ridley Bottom and Ridley Wood seen from Picket Plain - geograph.org.uk - 178744

Ridley Bottom & Ridley Wood seen from Picket Plain. On a path running from Picket Plain over a ford and into Ridley Wood. Ridley Bottom is the sunlit valley. Little Wood on horizon left. There is a panoramic view across Foulford Bottom from here.

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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