Walk C: Basingstoke Canal & Bartley Heath

 
King John's Castle

King John’s Castle

(6 miles / 9.5 km – 2 hours 15 minutes)

This walk takes you through woodlands over to Greywell (pub). It then follows the Basingstoke Canal past King John’s Castle (13th century) to North Warnborough where there are two more pubs. It then comes back across Bartley Heath (another pub). The heath is a great place for wildlife including deer, the resident New Forest ponies, and many species of flowers and butterflies (summer) and fungi (autumn).

 

 

Walk C Map

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Name / Position / Elevation Bearing Distance Time Comments
WP0001
SU 72409 54205
82 m
Head towards Basingstoke from the village centre.
WP0002
SU 71729 53695
94 m
233°T 850 m 0:12 After 800m take a right down Morris Street.
WP0003
SU 71469 53665
95 m
264°T 262 m 0:03
WP0004
SU 71339 53580
96 m
237°T 155 m 0:02
WP0005
SU 71269 53550
96 m
247°T 76.2 m 0:01 Follow this until it meets Old School Road. Turn right and within 50m left down a road signposted Fosters Business Park.
WP0006
SU 71134 53560
95 m
275°T 135 m 0:01 After 10m take footpath to left and continue via track past Basingstoke Country Hotel.
WP0007
SU 71089 53465
97 m
206°T 105 m 0:01 Cross A30 and walk down Heather Row for 700m.
WP0008
SU 71169 52915
104 m
172°T 556 m 0:08
WP0009
SU 71109 52740
105 m
199°T 185 m 0:02 Cross motorway and take footpath immediately on your left.
WP0010
SU 71124 52485
112 m
177°T 256 m 0:04 Then walk through trees to gravel path to your right.
WP0011
SU 71159 52440
113 m
142°T 57 m 0:00
WP0012
SU 71349 52445
110 m
089°T 190 m 0:02 After 250m follow path to right.
WP0013
SU 71364 52165
113 m
177°T 280 m 0:04 Then keep going straight on and bear left on path after 200m.
WP0014
SU 71324 52040
111 m
198°T 131 m 0:01
WP0015
SU 71359 51900
112 m
166°T 144 m 0:02 At the next path crossroads, take second turning (11 o’clock).
WP0016
SU 71359 51655
112 m
180°T 245 m 0:03 Cross path through kissing gates and eventually into a field.
WP0017
SU 71404 51550
109 m
157°T 114 m 0:01
WP0018
SU 71464 51425
99 m
155°T 139 m 0:01 Take path to left after 150m signposted ‘to the tunnel’.
WP0019
SU 71699 51480
91 m
077°T 241 m 0:03 Follow down hill until it reaches the road. Turn right.
WP0020
SU 71834 51440
86 m
107°T 141 m 0:01 The Fox and Goose pub is ahead of you. Turn left down Deptford Lane.
WP0021
SU 71849 51370
85 m
168°T 71.6 m 0:00
WP0022
SU 71904 51365
82 m
095°T 55.2 m 0:00 After 10m, take path on left and join canal towpath.
WP0023
SU 71914 51450
84 m
007°T 85.6 m 0:01 Continue along canal path.
WP0024
SU 72184 51490
77 m
082°T 273 m 0:03
WP0025
SU 72499 51835
73 m
043°T 467 m 0:06 You pass King John’s Castle on your left. Take care of falling masonry.
WP0026
SU 72844 51735
76 m
106°T 359 m 0:05
WP0027
SU 73039 51825
77 m
066°T 215 m 0:03
WP0028
SU 73234 51720
79 m
119°T 222 m 0:03 After 1.5km, pass under a road bridge. (The Swan pub is on the road to your right).
WP0029
SU 73339 51810
78 m
050°T 138 m 0:01
WP0030
SU 73319 51965
77 m
353°T 156 m 0:02 After about 300m, you pass the back entrance to the Jolly Miller pub on your left.
WP0031
SU 73359 52115
74 m
015°T 155 m 0:02 Continue for a further 100m and take footpath on left down across field.
WP0032
SU 73324 52200
71 m
338°T 92 m 0:01 Cross river at the left bridge with the pipe.
WP0033
SU 73214 52210
71 m
276°T 110 m 0:01 Turn left and join main road and turn right towards roundabout. Go straight across it down small road past Lord Derby pub (on right) and continue straight on woodland path.
WP0034
SU 72934 52765
74 m
334°T 622 m 0:08 Take path to right after 100m and follow until it crosses the motorway at a footbridge.
WP0035
SU 73144 53110
72 m
032°T 404 m 0:05
WP0036
SU 73290 53180
71 m
065°T 161 m 0:02
WP0037
SU 73260 53250
71 m
337°T 76.2 m 0:01 Carry straight on and take footpath to left
WP0038
SU 73285 53400
71 m
010°T 152 m 0:02 About 100m after you cross under the pylon wires and head towards some open woodlands (back under pylon wires again).
WP0039
SU 72969 53485
73 m
285°T 326 m 0:04 Follow path across heath and then back through silver birch to a style near to the Griffin Way roundabout.
WP0040
SU 72649 53575
80 m
286°T 333 m 0:05 Turn right at it back up Station Road into Hook centre.
WP0041
SU 72549 53665
82 m
312°T 135 m 0:02
WP0042
SU 72464 53880
83 m
339°T 231 m 0:03
WP0043
SU 72444 54245
82 m
357°T 366 m 0:05 Hook centre has local shops and three pubs all within two minutes walk: The Raven Hotel, The Old White Hart and the White Hart.
Totals: 9.5 km 2:15

 

Transport to start of walk:

  • Walk from your home, if you live in Hook.
  • By Bus or Train – see the Transport Page for the latest information.
  • Car: A long term car park is available near to Hook centre off Reading Road (opposite the White Hart pub). Note that the free car parks in front of the shops may have time restrictions.