Tucked away in Bishopstoke near Eastleigh is a large forested area which is home to a scattering of deer and is a beautiful walk, whether you stick to the wooded trails or decide to take any of the occasional spurs along the way. Generally flat, there are a few hilly moments with tracks that can become muddy in heavy rain. This is a great place for dogs with some open areas for off-lead action! This is also a brilliant short walk for young children with some wooden play areas along the way.
For this short circular walk make your way to the starting point at the end of Stoke Park Road where you will find a small car park. As you enter the ‘car park’ you will notice a track immediately to the left. Head down this wooded path for about 200 metres until the pathway takes a sharp right for a few paces and then goes left. Follow this track for another 250 metres until the track turns right with a view of fields through the trees. Follow the track with the fields to the left of you as it meanders for about ¾ of a mile before heading back fully into the woods for another 150 meters. The track almost doubles back on itself here – keep walking for 250 metres until you reach the T-intersection. Go right. Walk 200 metres and take a sharp left. Follow this main path for ¾ mile as it gradually weaves and meanders to the right. Stay on this main path; after another half mile a T-intersection will appear – stay on the path to the left. Keep walking and you will find that the path curves around to the right and then slightly to the left – continue to walk and you will eventually be back at your starting point.
This walk is pleasant all-year-round; why not visit April-May and see the wooded floor awash with bluebells.
Start Point: SO50 6BX
Distance: 2.5 miles
Route: Easy – Moderate