Buriton - War Down - Buriton

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This circular walk starts from the pond at Buriton, a particularly beautiful village and a walker's paradise, with many footpaths leading off to the hangers. Hanger is a local word meaning 'wooded slope'. Take some time to admire it all, or even better, book into The Five Bells and have a walking holiday! Or The Village Inn. They too now have accommodation.

The route climbs through some beautiful woodland in a quiet section of the Queen Elizabeth Country Park. You are rewarded with some good views of the South Downs as you descend through more open woodland and downland. The return route skirts the village of Buriton along field-paths, quiet lanes and ancient trackways. There is one small stretch of 296 metres along a busier road, but the route soon becomes tranquil again as you leave the road for field-paths leading to a rather surprising valley with a stream at the bottom. An old cart-track takes you to fields where you can enjoy a glorious backcloth of the downs as you return to the pond. Be sure to bring some bird food to feed the ever-hungry ducks!

My dog loves this walk and it is made much more enjoyable now that all of the stiles have been replaced by kissing-gates.

The old cart-track is always wet underfoot, so please make sure that you wear waterproof boots.

There is a sketch map in front of St Mary's Church, with information on the local houses and trees, including a lime tree which is 1,000 years old! According to the sketch map you pass by this tree at Waymark 6. I couldn't find it though; see if you can!

England - South England - Hampshire - South Downs

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Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Good for Kids, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, Wildlife, Woodland
11/09/2007 - Ian and Sarah Jane Lloyd

Another of Sylvia's well written walks taking you through lovely woodland and open fields. We enjoyed this on a sunny afternoon and after a couple of dry weeks were pleased to find the conditions good underfoot. The only complaint on this walk came from the residents of Buriton pond when we sat on the benches there to change our boots and didn't hand out any stale bread!

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