Walks: Eastleigh - Bishopstoke 4 Mile Loop
A pleasant 4 mile walk taking in the beautiful River Itchen, meadows, and woodland.
4 miles / 6.437376 km
Created 04.07.15 by RichDavies.com
This walk starts and finishes at the Ham Farm Harvester Pub/Restaurant carpark, in Twyford Road, Eastleigh.
It's a 4 mile loop, with interesting and varied terrain, and plenty of wildlife.
Exit the carpark turning left onto Twyford R
oad, then immediately left down a stony track for about 50 yards to the River Itchen.
Cross the concrete bridge, then turn left and head along the river bank.
Wildlife to lookout for along this stretch includes water voles, otters, stoats, kingfisher, trout, salmon and deer.
(The best time to see wildlife here is around dawn up to an hour later)
Continue under the railway bridge until the path leads onto the B3335 Highbridge Road. Cross the road very carefully. (There's a bend here and cars are fast, use your hearing too when chececking to cross)
Turn right heading towards Brambridge.
After 1/2 a mile or so you'll cross the Itchen via a road bridge. Note the weir on your left hand side.
You'll need to cross the road here, as the pavement runs out.
After 40 yards or so, turn right into Wardle Road, and head towards Lords Wood.
After 200 yards, look for a public footpath crossing the road. Turn right onto the footpath, and through a kissing gate into meadowland.
Wildlife regularly seen in this next part of the walk includes foxes, badgers, deer and rabbits.
Keep following the path South. You'll have the River Itchen on your right.
Eventually you'll cross a cow field (the one with pylons), keep heading toards the wood which streches up the hill.
Enter the wood via the gated wooden bridge (close the gate behind you.
Follow the path up the hill. This gradient does get quite steep.
At the top of the hill, follow the narrow fenced path south towards Bishopstoke.
You'll follow the this path keeping a strip of woodland on your right and a paddock on your left, until you reach a gate leading into Church Road, Bishopstoke.
Turn right and follow Church Road all the way down the hill until you meet the river again. There are lots of ducks in this pretty part of Bishopstoke.
Turn right at the end of Church Road onto Bishopstoke Road, and continue a few hundred yards until you get to the Itchen Navigation. (just before 'The Hub')
Turn right onto the footpath along the river.
Follow the path keeping the river on your right. This will be for at least a mile.
You'll cross the river via a footbridge, so you'll now have the river on your left.
As you come towards the meander near the railway sidings, it's worth noting that there are six species of bat residing in the next few hundred yards. In the summer towards dusk, their display is a sight worth seeing.
Proceed under the railway bridge for a few hundred yard more until you arrive at the concrete bridge over the river. It's worth pausing to study the water at this point. You may see trout, millers thumb, and watervoles.
Cross the bridge and follow the stony path back up to Ham Farm Harvester carpark.