Bramshott, near the Hampshire/West Sussex border

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Updated with minor revisions April 2016.

Bramshott – without a pub, shop or school – is now a small village on the main London - Portsmouth road, the A3. It was actually the 'mother' village to the now much larger Liphook, since St Mary's Church in Bramshott dates back to 1220.

In recent history it is most famous for the role that Bramshott Common, which sits astride the A3, played in both World Wars. It was arguably the biggest training area for Canadian troops in the United Kingdom in both wars.

The walk starts from one of several car parks serving Waggoners Wells. They are actually a series of ponds, created in the 17th Century and possibly originally intended as hammer-ponds, that is, to serve the local iron industry.

The stream that emerges from the pond furthest to the south-west (Waymark 3) is Cooper's Stream. It flows west from here, crops up several times in the walk and eventually joins the River Wey. The stream powered many mills that worked ironworks and which later became paper-mills. Some are now houses that this walk will take you past and which most of us can only dream about - and perhaps keep buying Lottery tickets!

England - South England - Hampshire - Countryside

Features

Birds, Butterflies, Church, Good for Kids, Lake/Loch, Mostly Flat, National Trust, River, Wildlife, Woodland
30/03/2018 - Nicola Clarke

Thoroughly enjoyed this walk and the directions were excellent. However I would not recommend doing it during periods of wet weather as it is extremely muddy.

14/08/2011 - Chris Christodoulou

4 of us did this walk on a warm but cloudy summer's day. It was a beautiful walk with many lovely aspects of nature at ground level for a change, especially all the differing trees. Their bark and roots displaying differing patterns in the lanes. Directions were very good but at point 13 it had changed a little from picture, there are now two wooden sections narrowing the path for some reason but access is no problem. At point 14 we were allowed to sit near the lake for a break, we were visited by a friendly swan who climbed the bank and sat close to share the bread from our sarnies,a rare privilege. If you want to stop here you should ask permission and don't leave any rubbish behind.

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