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Walk of the Week - Blendworth to Windmill Hill


  • Author: The man with 2 hands.
  • Published: 20th February 2019
  • Categories: Blog, Business, Clanfield

Walk of the Week - Blendworth to Windmill Hill

Occasional series of local walks: No 2

 This walk takes in the hamlet of Blendworth as well as the Windmill above Chalton, which affords superb views to the coast and the Isle of Wight.

This circular walk is more a figure-of-eight route, along paths and lanes on the eastern side of the A3.  It is genuinely surprising how empty and quiet these roads are, compared to busy roads we find in Clanfield and Horndean.

In theory, you could access this marked route at a point opposite Snell’s Corner, but I strongly advise you not to try.  Pedestrians crossing the A3 take their life in their hands negotiating traffic that regularly exceeds 80mph. Better to drive to Blendworth Church, then park nearby.

 

Starting Point: Blendworth Church, distance approximately 4 miles; allow 2 hours. (This walk can be halved if you only walk one section of the route, but remember, half a walk halves your enjoyment.)

Park where you can near the church and walk eastwards along the minor road, until just at the bend of the road junction, you come to the site of the original, old Blendworth Church, now demolished.

All that is left of St Giles Church today is a tiny footprint of foundations, with just a few graves and a yew tree to indicate where it once stood. It is an atmospheric spot, amongst wild flowers and shrubs that are maintained with a light touch. Fortunately, an interpretation panel provides more details of the old site. To leave, retrace your steps a little way and walk up Duckstile Lane to a footpath which leads north across open fields

Listen for skylarks as you cross the field, then emerge from the path onto New Barn Farm Lane and follow this road almost to its end.  At approx. 100m from the road junction with the A3, take a footpath uphill, towards the windmill.

This footpath leads you along the side of a small, quiet valley, if you can ignore the drone of traffic on the A3.  In fact, the birdlife can, for this is a regular route that migrating birds such as stonechats and wheatears use coming up from the coast.  I’ve seen them here, both in spring and autumn.

The windmill itself is now a private residence, but walkers reaching here can appreciate the lovely views it commands from the top of the hill.  From here, you could walk on to the Red Lion at Chalton, but otherwise, head downhill on the opposite side of the valley alongside a large hedgerow. In clear weather you’ll enjoy superb views all the way down to New Barn Lane, where you turn left to reach the junction with Crabden Lane.

Crabden Lane is another quiet lane.  About halfway down, where a wood meets the road, the hedgerow is notable for the many elm trees that accompany you back to Blendworth.  Once virtually eradicated by Dutch Elm disease these trees are at last making a comeback, their infection is not so virulent these days – which proves that even diseases have a lifecycle and will eventually die.

Near the end of your circuit you will notice on your right, the old manor house at Blendworth. Owners would have once held most of the land and the village too, from where no doubt you started your walk.

 

If you missed the previous walk - Walk 1

 

Enjoy your rambles in the South Downs!

 

 

 

 




 






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