GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Frogham to Fritham Circular Walk

9 miles (14.4 km)

This circular walk explores a lovely area of the New Forest between the village of Frogham and Fritham in Hampshire.
The walk starts from the Abbots Well public car park on Hyde Common in Frogham. From here you can pick up footpaths heading east to up to the Hampton Ridge where there are some fine views over the area from the elevated position. You will pass Windmill Hill and Thompson's Castle before heading into the woodland of the Amberwood Inclosure.
The route continues east to Hiscocks Hill and Gorley Bushes before coming to Fritham village. Here you could stop for some refreshments at the Royal Oak, roughly the half way point on the walk.
The route then heads west across Fritham Plain, passing Freeworms Hill, the Sloden Inclosure, Deadbuck Hill, Hallickshole Hill and the Alderhill Inclosure. The final section passes along the pretty Latchmore Brook before returning to Hyde Common and the car park.

Postcode

SP6 2JD - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Frogham to Fritham Circular Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Frogham to Fritham Circular Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

Back in Frogham head to the Foresters Arms for some post walk refreshments. There's a stylish interior with a mix of tartan and exposed brickwork, antlers and lampstands, old pine tables, cosy wood burners and auction finds. They serve high quality dishes and have a nice sunny garden. You can find the pub on Abbots Well Rd at postcode SP6 2JA for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The woodland trails are ideal for dog walking and the Foresters Arms mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the north east of Fritham you can explore the Bramble Hill area. There's some nice trails here and the opportunity for a cream tea in the lovely gardens of the Bramble Hill Hotel.
Just to the north you can pick up the Godshill Walk and enjoy the rhododendrons of the Godshill Inclosure before a climb to the Castle Hill viewpoint. The Ashley Walk area is also located near here and another popular area to start a walk with its large car park and pleasant heathland trails.
For more walking ideas in the area see the New Forest Walks page.

Photos

Abbots Well - geograph.org.uk - 2574954

Abbots Well

Grazing ponies on Hampton Ridge, New Forest - geograph.org.uk - 477417

Grazing ponies on Hampton Ridge. Heads down amongst the bracken on this northern side of Hampton Ridge, these ponies are doing what they spend most of their lives doing. Beyond is Long Bottom and the western end of Pitts Wood Inclosure, with Godshill Ridge beyond that. The heavy clouds brought rain a short time later.

Wet cyclist heading for Frogham, Hampton Ridge, New Forest - geograph.org.uk - 478210

Cyclist heading for Frogham, Hampton Ridge. From Ashley Cross this gravel off-road cycle track leads along Hampton Ridge to Frogham on the western edge of the Forest heathland.

Path on Hampton Ridge, New Forest - geograph.org.uk - 477426

Path on Hampton Ridge. The thin acid heathland soil has been worn through to the bleached gravel stones beneath. The pink flowers are on bell heather, which grows amongst the common heather on the freely draining soil. In the distance, towards the left, are the trees on the southern edge of Pitts Wood Inclosure.

Thompson's Castle from Hampton Ridge, New Forest - geograph.org.uk - 158349

A view of Thompson's Castle from the elevated position of Hampton Ridge. Thompson's Castle (in the foreground) is a spur projecting southwards from Hampton Ridge. In the distance are the green fields of Ogden's Farm on the western edge of the Forest. The well worn path leads down from the Castle to Latchmore Bottom. This is another New Forest placename that features the word "castle" which has nothing to do with a defensive compound (like Lucas Castle inSU2410).

Oak trees in the Amberwood Inclosure, New Forest - geograph.org.uk - 81065

Oak trees in the Amberwood Inclosure. Late afternoon in autumn, the oaks in the Amberwood Inclosure are losing their leaves and the bracken is dying back in the cold weather. For some reason the inclosure is divided into two parts by a fence - the gate in this photo connects one part to the other.

Pony grazing on Fritham Plain, New Forest - geograph.org.uk - 81109

Pony grazing on Fritham Plain. This pony was grazing alongside the gravelled track from Fritham to Holly Hatch Cottage. The heathland on this high plateau is showing its autumn colours and the pony blends in nicely in the afternoon sunshine.

Ponies grazing at Latchmore Shade, New Forest - geograph.org.uk - 156938

Ponies grazing at Latchmore Shade. This view is looking upstream at the Latchmoor Brook, with Hampton Ridge in the far distance. The name "shade" does not refer to a shady area (there are few trees on this wet heathland anyway), but instead it refers to something the ponies do: when they "shade" they stand out the heat of the day away from the undergrowth where insects are more of a nuisance. On a mild spring day such as this the ponies (and some cattle) are more likely to be grazing on the lawn rather than standing - food supplies are low and they have used up their fat reserves accumulated last year.

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