Godshill and Castle Hill

This walk takes you along quiet field and woodland paths to the site of an Iron Age hill fort. It then continues to a stream-side hamlet on the edge of Castle Hill. There are views across the beautiful Avon Valley with its wildlife-rich water meadows and pasture and an optional detour to Castle Hill fort before returning along field and woodland paths to Godshill.

Technical sheet
No. 3864144
A Godshill (Hampshire) walk posted on 19/08/20 by New Forest National Park Authority. Update : 28/08/20
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h20[?]
Distance Distance : 2.61mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 148ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 148ft
Highest point Highest point : 262ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 115ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : New Forest
Location Location : Godshill (Hampshire)
Starting point Starting point : N 50.933701° / W 1.751189°
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(D/A) Starting at the bus stop head downhill past the village hall. Turn left at the waymarker and through a kissing gate into a field, following the hedge on your left. Go through the metal gate in the field corner and turn right following the hedge, now on your right.

(1) Leave the field through a wooden gate, follow an enclosed footpath and turn left towards Sandy Balls Holiday Park. At the next waymarker turn right through a gate and right again following the road along the edge of a campsite. Continue straight ahead where the road becomes a gravel footpath. Pass utility works on your left and follow the path through an old beech wood and along the edge of Frankenbury Fort.

(2) Follow the path as it bends left downhill and turn right off the path through a waymarked metal gate into a wood. In spring see if you can spot primroses, bluebells, wood anemone and creeping buttercups. Go through another gate. Please keep dogs under close control to reduce disturbance to wildlife and livestock grazing on the pastures.

(3) As you emerge from the woodland turn left onto a gravel track towards Folds Farm. At the track junction turn right to join the Avon Valley Path for a short section. Continue straight ahead through the farm and over a stream. At the waymarker, cross over a cattle grid and follow the gravel track straight ahead to join the road.

(4) Turn right and follow the road for 80m and take your first right down a gravel track alongside houses. Continue following this lower track, which becomes an enclosed grassy track past a cottage. Ahead is a wooden bridge with a stile across a stream flowing alongside a meadow.

(5) Cross over and follow the path alongside the stream and over a stile into the next field. Go straight on across two more fields with gates. At the third waymarked gate turn right onto a gravel track and through a wide gate uphill to the track junction. At the waymarker go straight ahead uphill through a wood. Turn right at the field gate and retrace your steps alongside the hedge to the first waymarker. Turn right through the gate to re-join the road and back uphill to the Fighting Cocks pub.(D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 262ft - Bus stop
1 : mi 0.33 - alt. 249ft - Sandy Balls
2 : mi 1.09 - alt. 135ft - Metal gate
3 : mi 1.53 - alt. 115ft - Folds Farm
4 : mi 1.83 - alt. 141ft - Bridge
5 : mi 2.24 - alt. 207ft - Track junction
D/A : mi 2.61 - alt. 262ft - Bus stop

Useful Information

Accessibility: Mostly easy walking with gentle gradients. Gates, two stiles and a footbridge. Woodland tracks can be muddy.

Local facilities: Fighting Cocks pub. Parking is available for pub users. There is a Forestry Commission car park at Godshill cricket pitch about 400m east along Roger Penny Way.

Please park only in designated car parks, not on a verge or in gateways. Lock your car, taking any valuables with you.


Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

Opinions and comments


Global average : 3.67/5
Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 4/5
Routemap quality : 4/5
Walk interest : 3/5

on Mon 28 Jun 2021 09:49:45 CEST

Global average : 3.67 / 5

Date of walk : 25/06/21
Description quality : Good
Easiness to follow the route : Good
Walk interest : Average

We enjoy walking but are not hikers. Walk says difficulty easy, however there are a couple of fairly steep short hills and a couple of the stiles need quite a bit of flexibility to get over so not suitable for say my 79 year old mother who we usually take along with us.

(1) We do not know the area so were unaware where 'Sandy Balls' was, walk should say, from enclosed footpath turn left at first stile through the hedge (you can see a phone mast across the field) follow the hedge (on left) round the edge of the field to the next gate.

On the whole enjoyed the walk, many thanks

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