Durford Heath - Rogate Common

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The glorious woodland of Durford Heath was actually heathland, as the name suggests, until 150 years ago and some patches of heather are still evident. Then it was planted with oaks and coppiced regularly to provide charcoal for the iron industry. This area is now managed by the National Trust which, to maintain a variety of wildlife, has provided glades, wide tracks and clearings. We can now enjoy some glorious, light and sunny, mixed woodland, including some of the best examples of sessile oak in the south-east.

The circular walk starts through this woodland and then surprises you with some superb views across to the South Downs as you pass open fields and tracks, before returning through the woodland.

This is a great family walk, not too long, not too hilly and with plenty of variety. There are no stiles to cross or any other doggie obstacles and my dog, Jagger, gave this walk his seal of approval!

All of the countryside can be muddy during wet periods, so please make sure that you wear suitable waterproof footwear.

England - South England - Hampshire - South Downs

Features

Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Good for Kids, Great Views, National Trust, Pub, Public Transport, Wildlife, Woodland
06/12/2016 - Ross Shepherd

We've done many of Sylvia's walks but this is one we keep going back to. A lovely walk. Not too long but with lots of variety. The dogs love it and it's not too taxing for us. Thanks again Sylvia x

21/01/2014 - Anthony Brown

05/04/2011 - Helena Pugsley

A nice short walk that took us about 1 hour 20 minutes including a few stops for photos on the way. Not too strenuous, but nice variety and plenty of wildlife to see. We were even lucky enough to see a couple of deer. The car park is not huge (takes about 8 cars max) and was already quite full - although we didn't see anyone after we left the car park area. Nasty hole as you enter the carpark though - careful not to ground your car! National Trust could do with some fixing!

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