GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Serpent Trail

64 miles (103 km)

This walk runs from Haslemere to Petersfield through the beautiful Sussex greensand hills. The path takes its name both from its serpentine shape and from passing through the habitat of all three British species of snake.
The route crosses many heathland areas and heads along the greensand ridges in the western Weald, visiting Liphook, Milland, Fernhurst, Petworth, Fittleworth, Duncton, Heyshott, Midhurst, Stedham and Nyewood before reaching the serpent's tail at Petersfield Lake and Heath in Hampshire.
The trail is waymarked with white plastic discs showing a snake in the approximate shape of the route on a purple triangle.
Route highlights include a climb to the highest point on the South Downs at Black Down in West Sussex. You'll also visit the pretty Iping and Stedham Commons near Midhurst.

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Serpent Trail OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Serpent Trail Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

In Petersfield you can stop for refreshments at The Old Drum on Chapel St at postcode GU32 3DP. The contemporary country pub is located in the centre of Petersfield and has a lovely beer garden. Built in the 18th Century, it is the oldest in the area and has been beautifully restored to keep its character and charm.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Crosstracks on the Serpent Trail - geograph.org.uk - 1071932

Crosstracks on the Serpent Trail The tarmac road is a public footpath. There is a stile by the rucksack to a grass path. In the distance is St Michael's church at Burton Park. The Serpent Trail is 64 miles long winding from Haslemere to Petersfield

Triangulation Pillar on the Serpent Trail - geograph.org.uk - 1071969

Triangulation Pillar on the Serpent Trail. This pillar is on Hesworth Common near Fittleworth. Note the pretty heather around the pillar

Cattle grazing on the Serpent Trail - geograph.org.uk - 1071937

Cattle grazing on the Serpent Trail. This is on Lavington Common.

The edge of Black Down on the Serpent Trail - geograph.org.uk - 1071961

The edge of Black Down on the Serpent Trail. In the distance are the South Downs from this elevated section of the trail.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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