This walk starts in the village of Landford and explores the northern tip of the New Forest in Wiltshire among woodlands that were once Royal Forests. The walk follows a wooded path to a river ford and through pretty woods and fields to Hamptworth Farm. The route then follows the edge of a golf course to Langley Wood and to the little hamlet of Hamptworth before returning back over the ford to Landford.
A Landford walk
posted on 14/08/20 by New Forest National Park Authority. Last update : 28/09/22
Start: Lyndhurst Road (church hall) bus stop, Landford, SP5 2AE, Grid Ref: SU 255 195
(S/E) Starting at the Southampton to Salisbury bus stop (opposite the Methodist church) turn left to follow a signed footpath uphill for a short detour to avoid the road. Follow the path behind houses to a small wood and then re-join the main road.
(1) Carefully cross the road to join a track straight ahead between two houses. Follow the track uphill, past a byway sign, and along a wooded track with low banks either side. Go through a wide metal gate and continue along the woodland corridor to a ford crossing. Look for a hidden path and small footbridge on your right for a detour around the ford to re-join the track (waypoint 2).
(2) At the grassy triangle turn left onto Lyburn road and past a Southern Water utility building. Where the road forks on a left bend, turn right and follow the road to a footpath sign for Hamptworth Farm. Turn right onto a grassy path and then follow a track through mixed oak and birch woods You might be lucky and catch a glimpse of deer. Leave the woodland and follow along the field hedge on your right to a small metal gate. Go through the gate and then immediately over a stile onto Hamptworth Road.
(3) Turn left and follow the road uphill past the picturesque thatched cottages at Hamptworth Farm and then downhill past the golf course. Turn right into Cole's Lane at the footpath sign and follow the lane downhill, keeping the golf course on your right and then crossing over the River Blackwater. Follow the tree-lined lane uphill to Langley National Nature Reserve. Ignore the first entrance and continue following the lane to your right to the next reserve entrance (gate 5) and information panel.
(4) Go through the wooden gate and follow the grassy track into the woodland reserve. At a wooden barrier bear right and follow a yellow footpath arrow downhill, passing huge beech trees and along a sunken tree-lined track to the edge of the golf course. Follow the reserve’s black waymarker posts with yellow dots along a narrow path through the wood by the golf course. Pass the reserve’s welcome sign and cross a stream via a footbridge and then walk uphill out of the wood.
(5) Go straight ahead along a wide tree-lined track through the golf course to a crossroads. Follow straight on and uphill along a wooded track and past farm buildings into North Common Farm. Please keep dogs on a lead through the farm. Continue ahead through the farmyard and turn right over a stile at a footpath sign by the farm entrance. Follow the field edge on your right and cross the next style immediately ahead, following along the field hedge on your left. At the track junction, go through the wide gate on your right (yellow dot on post) and follow along the field edge and over a stile into woodland.
(6) Walk along the woodland track downhill past Landford Lodge, over the River Blackwater and uphill out into a field. Follow the path when it turns left and keep the hedge on your right. Turn right at a signed path junction and follow the hedge on your right to a large oak tree with a yellow dot. Turn right through the hedge and head diagonally left across the field to a stile. Head straight across the next small field to a kissing gate and onto Hamptworth Road. To your right is the Cuckoo Inn.
(7) Cross the road to the green and walk along Lyburn Road, passing Hamptworth Manor Farm. Turn left at the grassy triangle to the ford crossing and retrace your steps along the wooded path, across the road and then left along the footpath back to the bus stop.(S/E)
S/E : km 0 - alt. 36 m - Southampton to Salisbury bus stop
1 : km 0.2 - alt. 40 m - B3079
2 : km 1.46 - alt. 34 m - Hamptworth
3 : km 2.32 - alt. 46 m - Hamptworth Farm
4 : km 3.44 - alt. 76 m - Wooden gate
5 : km 4.05 - alt. 49 m - Wide tree-lined track
6 : km 5.25 - alt. 39 m - Woodland track
7 : km 5.86 - alt. 37 m - Cuckoo Inn
S/E : km 7.58 - alt. 36 m - Southampton to Salisbury bus stop
Start/finish: Lyndhurst Road (church hall) bus stop, Landford, SP5 2AE, Grid Ref: SU 255 195
Ordnance Survey map: Explorer OL 22 New Forest
Getting there: Wilts and Dorset route X7 bus – Salisbury to Southampton. Regular service.
Local facilities: Landford village shop and local information point. The Cuckoo Inn, Hamptworth. Parking in large bus stop lay-by (SU 225 195) or outside the primary school out of school hours.
Accessibility: Fairly easy walking with gentle gradients. Gates, five stiles, footbridge and ford crossing.
Langley National Nature Reserve was part of a group of Royal Forests until the 16th century when, unlike the New Forest, they declined and reverted to farmland and landscaped parks.
The reserve’s ancient woodlands have a long history of management and would have provided local people with a valuable source of timber, wood fuel, forage for pigs (known as pannage) and grazing for livestock. Coppicing was particularly important and as you walk through the reserve look for old banks and ditches that mark the boundary of coppice enclosures.
Coppicing is the method of cutting trees such as hazel or oak to ground level on a regular cycle. This produces fast growing shoots for fodder, firewood and making charcoal. The banks would have been topped with a fence or hedge to stop grazing animals and deer eating the young shoots.
Reviews and comments
3.9 / 5
Based on 3 reviews
Clarity of route description 4 / 5
Clarity of route map 3.7 / 5
Walk interest 4 / 5
le Thu 16 Jun 2022 05:50:45 EDT
Thank you for this feedback. I just contacted the author to update the description. In the meantime do you have any suggestions for people to follow your steps?
Enjoy your walks.
le Sun 12 Jun 2022 15:11:24 EDT
5 / 5
Date of walk: 11/06/22 Clarity of route description: ★★★★★ Very good Clarity of route map: ★★★★★ Very good Walk interest: ★★★★★ Very good
The walk was great but when we got to No 5 on the map, the direction telling us to turn right over the stile by the entrance to the farm was impossible to follow as the stile no longer exists. The footpath sign has also gone. There was no access to cross the fields as suggested. Could you please check out this route an update it for future walkers? Many thanks
le Tue 15 Mar 2022 06:10:03 EDT
4.7 / 5
Date of walk: 04/03/22 Clarity of route description: ★★★★★ Very good Clarity of route map: ★★★★☆ Good Walk interest: ★★★★★ Very good
The Landford walk was excellently planned and very interesting. Plenty of Snowdrops and Daffodils to see. Most stiles have been changed for kissing gates so much more friendly for us old folk.
le Thu 17 Sep 2020 09:21:03 EDT
It looks like you missed the right turn between (5) and (6)
le Mon 14 Sep 2020 03:23:25 EDT
2 / 5
Date of walk: 10/09/20 Clarity of route description: ★★☆☆☆ Disappointing Clarity of route map: ★★☆☆☆ Disappointing Walk interest: ★★☆☆☆ Disappointing
We managed to walk to North Common Farm, but could not find our way back so used the A36 instead, where did we go wrong please?