GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Martin Down Nature Reserve

2 miles (4 km)

This beautiful nature reserve on the Hampshire/Dorset border consists of 350 hectares of unspoiled chalk downland. It's a splendid area with miles of good footpaths taking you past wildflower meadows and sweeping grassland.
This circular walk starts from the car park off the A354 near Bokerley Junction. You then follow good footpaths around the reserve, passing along the Bokerley Dyke which defines the border between the counties of Hampshire and Dorset.
The area is great for flora and fauna. Look out for birds such as Cuckoos, yellowhammers, and skylarks. In the summer months there are various butterflies including Adonis blue and the dark green fritillary. The area is covered with an abundance of pretty plants and flowers including several species of orchid.
If you would like to extend your walk then you could pick up the Jubilee Trail which starts from the reserve. You could follow the trail to the nearby Pentridge Hill for great views over the Hampshire and Dorset countryside. You could also head north to Vernditch Chase where there are some nice woodland walking trails to try.
Martin Down is located near to both Fordingbridge and Salisbury.

Martin Down Nature Reserve OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Martin Down Nature Reserve Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

A few miles to the south west you will find the Dorset Cursus, an ancient Neolithicearthwork on Wyke Down. There's some excellent views over the countryside of the Cranborne Chase AONB to enjoy from here.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Martin Down - - 294963

Martin Down view

Martin Down - - 129505

The Down is one of the few remaining areas of unaltered chalk downland. A National Nature Reserve. Prehistoric earthworks of Bokerley Ditch in the distance

Martin Down, Hampshire - - 154957

This is a view looking west towards Martin Down and Grim's Ditch.

View from Martin Down - - 333250

View from Martin Down. The Church Spire of Martin Church can just be seen from behind the trees.

Bridleway on Martin Down - - 564425

This bridlepath runs along the edge of the nature reserve.

Wildflowers on Martin Down - - 871047

Wildflowers on the Down

Track on Martin Down NNR - - 673011

To the right of this track is the Martin Down enclosure, a rectangular prehistoric earthwork excavated by General Pitt-Rivers in 1895.

Bokerley Dyke, Martin Down - - 674000

Bokerley Dyke. A Romano-British defensive earthwork, with Hampshire on the right and Dorset on the left. The dyke was part of a defensive network to keep the Saxon invaders out the north Dorset area.


GPS Files

GPX File

Martin Down Nature Reserve.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Martin Down Nature Reserve.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)