Stroll along the bird-rich Lymington River, returning via a monument to a local naval hero.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) Leave Walhampton Arms car park and turn right along the (Main Road) B3054, passing the entrance to Walhampton School.
(1) When the road bends right, take the track leading straight on, beyond a metal gate. At a gate into a farm compound, take the narrow path on the right. Level with the end of a barn you reach a junction – in all but the driest conditions you are advised to turn right, as the path ahead can be very muddy.
(2) Whichever path you take, when you reach Hundred lane, turn left and follow the lane between houses and gardens to a triangular junction with a road on the left, where you carry straight on.
Pass the entrance to Southlands School on a right-hand bend and take the driveway ahead, with a sign for Vicars Hill Farm. The surfaced drive descends to the farm; take a grassy path straight ahead between the buildings that leads down to the valley bottom.
(3) Turn left along a narrow path, close to the river at first and then with a large reedbed to your right, sometimes in the open but often among trees. Pass a wooden gate partway along. After 600 yards you meet a road (Undershore); turn right and follow the road for half a mile, still with the reedbed behind the hedge to your right, until you reach the junction with the B3054.
(4) (For a slightly shorter walk, turn left just before the junction, through a metal gate, onto a permitted path (Walhampton Hill) that leads parallel to the B-road back to the departure, where you can turn left to return to the Walhampton.)
(5) Follow the pavement until you reach a house on the right overlooking the river, where you cross to the left-hand side and join a side road. Ignore the gravelly private road on the left, then turn left between a New Forest boundary marker and a notice welcoming you to the Walhampton Monument site.
Follow the footpath up the edge of the wood to the obelisk. Turn left along Monument Lane (past a small parking area) then follow the road round a left-hand bend and back to the Walhampton Arms. (D/A)
D/A : km 0 - alt. 27m - The Walhampton Arms
1 : km 0.24 - alt. 26m - Farm compound
2 : km 0.9 - alt. 28m - Southlands School
3 : km 1.74 - alt. 4m - Undershore
4 : km 3.32 - alt. 5m - Shorter route possible
5 : km 3.71 - alt. 5m - Obelisk
D/A : km 4.83 - alt. 26m - The Walhampton Arms
This route can be shortened by omitting the monument loop. The woodland and riverside sections can be rather muddy. No stiles. Allow up to 11⁄2 hours for the main (longer) route.
Parking at the Walhampton Arms is for patrons only. Dogs are welcome in the hard-floored areas.
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The Walhampton Arms
Walhampton Hill, Lymington SO41 5RE
Tel 01590 673113
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are Grade II listed.
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