A walk through woodland and to a creek and on along the coast.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) From the car park, take footpath S9 and cross a stile. Go right and then left along a field edge with a hedge on your left. Go over a stile into a copse leading to a bridge over a stream.
(1) Here go right to follow the stream bank. Cross a stile into a copse and follow the path to another stile. Follow the waymarked grass path right and then left. Go over a stile into woodland and follow the path which meanders to a track S27. Go left passing Pigeon Coo and then tum right onto the Hamstead Trail S28.
(2) Pass Creek Farm and the creek on the right. At a 6 bar metal gate continue on the footpath.
(3) At the creek, turn left onto S3, part of the coastal path and Hamstead Trail, on a grassy path following the edge of the creek on boardwalks and over a stile. Follow the footpath signs and walk along a field edge. Then cross a stile in the hedge and continue half right across a field to a hedge gap and stile. Cross the boardwalk to a fenced path and down steps to the beach at Hamstead Foreshore.
(4) Follow the coastal path left along the beach onto a grass path passing a memorial. Then a gravel track leads to Hamstead Farm with a stile by a 5 bar white gate.
(5) Go through farm buildings following the track and then continue on the coastal path towards Yarmouth (6). Go across a field, a stile and another field to reach a small squeeze gap by a metal gate. Go over a field and after a stile follow the path left passing a telegraph post. Then leave the coastal path and follow path S4.
(6) Follow the track and at a black wooden house, continue straight ahead on an unmarked path with a hedge on the right. At a kissing gate in the corner of the field, go into woodland. Follow the main path which winds through the wood. Go through a series of kissing gates and the path widens to reach a track. Go left passing Ningwood Common and, at a junction, turn right past houses and turn left onto S9 towards Ningwood.
(7) Go through the copse and over a stile into a field. Follow the path half left across a field to a stile by a 6 bar metal gate. Go through a hedge gap with a stile. Go straight across the field. At the bottom of the field, cross the stream and footbridge. Return through woodland to a stile into a field with a hedge on the right. Follow the hedge to the corner and turn right to a stile. Go left to the car park. (D/A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 36ft - Car park
1 : mi 0.25 - alt. 26ft - Stream bank
2 : mi 0.85 - alt. 82ft - Creek Farm
3 : mi 1.89 - alt. 7ft - Creeck
4 : mi 2.67 - alt. 16ft - Coastal path
5 : mi 3.5 - alt. 167ft - Farm building
6 : mi 3.98 - alt. 171ft - Black wooden house
7 : mi 4.18 - alt. 151ft - Copse
D/A : mi 5.29 - alt. 36ft - Car park
Landscape: Cliffs of gravel and clay that are unstable due to the action of the sea affecting the underlying geologic. There is a Jack of development in these areas and access can be made along the coastal path.
Start: Public car park (free) at the recycling center next to the Horse and Groom pub (a Walker Friendly Pub) at Ningwood.
Access Information: Level footpaths that can be very wet and muddy. Also along many well surfaced tracks.
Refreshments: Horse and Groom pub
Toilets: Patrons of the pub.
Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.
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