Farley Mount Country Park
Farley Mount Country Park is located a few miles west of Winchester. It is a large area of open country and woods and a Local Nature Reserve. At the highest point there is a pyramid shaped folly that gives the park its name. From here there are fabulous views over the South Downs and the surrounding area. The route below is devised for walkers but cyclists can follow the marked bridleway that dissects the park and links to further routes in the surrounding countryside.
This circular walk starts from the car park at the southern end of the site near the Ashmore Hill Copse. It runs for about 4 miles and starts by heading west from the car park to climb to the Mount where you'll find a distinctive pyramidal obelisk monument. It then goes onto explore the woodland area and visit the adjacent Crab Wood Nature Reserve. This sits on the eastern side of the park and includes oak, ash, maple and hazel coppice with lots of flora and fauna to see. Bluebells can be seen in the spring months while there are lots of different woodland birds to see throughout the year.
PostcodeSO21 2JG - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Farley Mount Country Park Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Farley Mount Country Park Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Farley Mount Country Park OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Farley Mount Country Park Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Head south of the park and you could visit the village of Hursley. Here you'll find a historic pub of some note in the shape of The Dolphin Inn. The inn dates back to the 16th century and takes its name from the old HMS Dolphin, having apparently been built using the ship's timbers. There's a charming old interior with historic photos and stories with a nautical theme. The pub also includes a restored barn and stables with a fine garden area for warmer weather. You can find them in the village at postcode SO21 2JY.
As you'd imagine the woodland trails are ideal for dog walking so you'll probably bump into other owners on your visit. The Dolphin Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The Clarendon Way runs along the southern edge of the park. The long distance footpath provides and opportunity for further exploring the surrounding area. If you follow it west it will take you to Parnholt Woods, Beacon Hill and King's Somborne. Near here you could pick up the Monarch's Way and follow it south to the splendid Mottisfont Abbey.
Heading east will take you into Winchester where you can try the Winchester Circular Walk and the Winchester River Walk along the Itchen River.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Hampshire Walks page.