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    Forest of Bere Walk

    Forest of Bere Walk

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    The Forest of Bere is a beautiful walk through the forest that is great for everyone including beginner hikers. This walk holds colourful wildflowers and different types of wildlife and is a relaxing walk through nature. Make sure you wear appropriate footwear for this journey as things can get muddy!

    Route Description for Forest of Bere Walk

    If you are going to take part in a walk along the Forest of Bere, you will need to make sure you wear the appropriate footwear as it can get quite muddy here, especially during the winter months. Navigation can also be an issue as there is a lack of signs and large landmarks, so it is easy to get a little bit off track.

    The walk through Forest of Bere is great for families and dog owners because of the easy path and is a popular walk among locals. Wander through the English countryside among wildflowers, wildlife and farm lands and get a great workout.

    Beginning at the car park, walk straight ahead to the entrance of the path, where there will be a yellow footpath arrow to your right and a BBQ picnic area to your left. You will come across a yellow trailhead sign for Forest of Bere and begin on a wide stone track.

    Arriving at a large chestnut tree with a rope swing attached will place you at Major Fork. When you reach this, bear left and follow the main path, and do not get sidetracked by all of the small paths that lead off the main walk. You will come to a crossroads, and you must bear right, following the large wide stone track, and when you reach a small area of fencing, you must cross the creek ahead.

    After continuing straight for about 55 yards, take the right option and continue straight at the next junction. You will begin to descend before taking on a rapid ascent,, and you will come across a small path to the right, which you will follow.

    You will be led to an area where you will see a grass path, ignore this and head back into the forested area to keep on the path. Some of these areas can be quite muddy, so try to detour a little bit and walk closer to the tree trunks if this is the case.

    Follow this path and you will arrive at another crossroads, where you will turn right, and then end up at the same crossroad that you walked through in the beginning, turn left here. You will see a small bench where a “T” shaped junction will appear and you will bear right and follow the path through the woodlands until you reach the last crossroad, where you will turn left. Walk uphill until you reach the end of the trail and will be back where you started.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Is this a dog-friendly walk?

    Yes, the Forest of Bere walk is dog-friendly, making it a great walk for dog owners to experience nature with their furry companions.

    How long does it take to walk this path?

    The Forest of Berewalk takes approximately 2.5 - 3 hours to complete, depending on your speed.

    Insider Hints for Forest of Bere Walk

    • Make sure you wear appropriate footwear as this path can get muddy
    • Stop at the Square Cow and take in the medieval paintings on display
    • There is a small pub in Wickham to for you to enjoy some food or drinks at after your walk
    • Ensure you have a map as this walk can be tricky to navigate

    Getting to the Forest of Bere Walk Trailhead

    To get to the Forest of Bere walk from Wickham, head northeast on Tanfield Lane toward Winchester Road/A334, and turn right. At the roundabout, take the first exit onto School Road/A32, and in 0.5 km, take a sharp right onto Southwick Rd/B2177. In 1.8 km, turn left onto Hundred Acres Road, and in 1.4 km, turn left. After traveling for 0.2 km, you will arrive at your destination.

    Route Information

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      April - October

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