Breamore Mill - Burgate - the Mizmaze - Breamore

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This circular walk makes use of the recently opened track leading south along the disused railway line from what was Breamore Railway Station. On reaching Burgate,the route makes use of bridleways and quiet country lanes to track north through the Breamore Estate and Breamore Woods. A short diversion may be made at this point to visit the historic Mizmaze before rejoining the route back across North Charford Down and across more of the Breamore Estate to re-cross the A338 and rejoin the old railway track to head back to Breamore Station and on to the starting point at Breamore Mill.

England - South England - Hampshire - Countryside

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Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Good for Kids, Great Views, Museum, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, Stately Home, Tea Shop, Wildlife, Woodland
08/08/2018 - Geoffrey Hands

Just tried this route again, thinking to use it for my walking club this month. Alas - the old railway footpath is near impassible - certainly near impossible too. In sections, especially north of the old station, the path cannot be seen and brambles, young ash trees, nettles and giant hogweed (?) have taken over. I did actually get through all that- I had to, to get back to my car ( or walk on the busy main road which was even worse) but it took me an hour to do one mile, and at the expense of torn trousers ( bramble thorns) and bloody hands too from the same thing. If I am brave enough I will lead it, armed with a good sickle if I can find one locally, and then a dozen pairs of boots following me may tread it down a bit. But don't rely on it. It does look as though this path just is not used . By the way I needed to shorten the route elsewhere, and walked along the northern boundary of Breamore wood , and saw some of the best English rural landscape view I can recall - all perfect picture book stuff - the patchwork of fields and hedges, nothing to mar this. Hardly more than the odd cottage in sight... Must try and fit that into some alternative route !

21/11/2013 - Geoffrey Hands

BTW, for the avoidance of doubt , and since the accompanying map here has a gap in the route, the walk uses the old railway line both north and south of the old Breamore railway station - it goes through it .

21/11/2013 - Geoffrey Hands

Problems ; I walked this on 20/11/13. 1. The stile at grid ref SU162194 is totally collapsed ; the adjacent gate chained and locked. I climbed it, but about ½ mile further on, going south the path is totally blocked by a large fallen tree. I got by with difficulty around the west side, but was then on the wrong side of a wire fence. Better - until cleared - to go straight on from the stile to cross the A338 road at SU165192, and join the old disused railway at 1666192, a little earlier than intended, avoiding both of these difficulties. 2. Not really a problem , but at the earlier part of the walk, when crossing the A338 at SU153163, the official route goes at the very side of this main road, down to Lower Burgate, and walking at the side of this road is so unpleasant, and so very little is added, that I am sure it is better to go straight through Upper Burgate to SU144162 and pick up the 'official' route at that point, cutting out three sides of a square through Lower Burgate. It shortens the route, but only slightly ; my sat-nav made this modified route 16.6km - just under the 10 mile mark. A pleasant walk, even in foul weather !

16/11/2013 - Paul and Tracy Dawson

Very enjoyable, mainly flat walk, on good paths and bridleways. Plenty of interest along the route, from the disused railway station to Braemore House. Hard to go wrong, with spot on walk details, and plenty of pathway signs. On the 'to do again' list :-)

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