Finchdean - Rowlands Castle

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Another lovely circular walk starting from The George in Finchdean. The route offers you varied scenery along well-defined tracks, woodland and open fields, giving you some glorious views along the way. Do this walk in the spring and enjoy the strong perfume of wild garlic and bluebells, whilst looking in the valley below for the herd of deer which is often to be seen eating the farmer's crops! There is a delightful little church to visit part-way round - Christchurch at Forestside, a Victorian building using Hampshire flints, built by the lady of Stansted Park in memory of her husband. After this you will skirt the edge of Stansted Forest, bringing you into Rowlands Castle. There are no nasty climbs on this walk but just enough gentle hills to work up a good appetite for The George upon your return! Those of you walking with dogs may find it useful to know that my dog, a slim, fit Labrador who cannot jump, managed all the stiles with ease.

England - South England - Hampshire - South Downs


Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Great Views, Pub, Wildlife, Woodland
8/7/2023 - John Ditton

We did this lovely walk today but made it 6.3 miles on our GPS

1/24/2019 - Patricia Daw

We completed this walk on a dull Saturday in January. The walk was well directed. Rowlands Castle is delightful! We had a coffee in the very nice coffee shop and made some purchases is the well stocked hardware shop. The walk doesn't offer great vistas or anything particularly worthy of note other than Rowlands Castle - a place I'd consider moving to I decided.

11/8/2015 - Linda Levy

My husband, the dog and I walked this route today following a few days of heavy rain and, although a little muddy, was not too bad at all. The instructions were accurate and easy to follow, with a new fingerpost installed at point 5 and a well walked path now at the bottom of the field after the woods in point 13. We thoroughly enjoyed the autumn leaves and the dog was able to walk off the lead for the most part.

4/9/2010 - Adrian Perkins

Our thanks to Sylvia Saunders for her update to this walk, April 2010. Adrian (Admin).

10/25/2007 - Ray Churcher

25/10/07-Ray Churcher:Did this one on the 25th-a very gloomy and damp day. However, this a good walk to get the blood moving! Plenty of ups and downs but the ups are not too severe.S till plenty of leaves on the trees and very colourful. Thanks for this. Ray Churcher.

2/18/2005 - Sylvia Saunders

Walked 18th Feb 2005. The route and the instructions are all clear and up to date.

11/30/2004 - Sylvia Saunders

Walked 29th Nov 2004. All walk instructions are up to date. However footpath sign mentioned in WM 2 was on the ground and the finger on fingerpost at WM 16 has been snapped off. I have reported it to the Rights of Way Officer.

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