5 mile circular walk shows Hampshire as it may have been in the 18th century. Not wheelchair friendly because of number of stiles, gates and very uneven terrain.
Going clockwise on leaving the Nursery car park we pass by Stansted Park which can be open for visitors on Sun/Mon/Tues- check the website.Then along the cool tranquillity of Monarchs Way with many vistas over open pasture/meadow. Descending steeply past bucolic Manor Farm and the sleepy village of Walderton. The route turns a sharp right across a cornfield towards the walled splendour of Lordington House along with the 'glamping' tents in the grounds. Through a swing gate and into a field following the path towards a hedge bordering the road. Over a stile for a short spell along the B2146 then sharp right up a steep and bumpy climb towards the ruins of Racton Monument. An impressive 80 foot folly built in 1772 by the Earl of Halifax. Always worth stopping for a photo opportunity. The walk then takes us through peaceful unspoilt wooded farmland with views straight out of The Haywain till, turning sharp right, a short path brings us back to the car park and a welcome stop for refreshments in the modern spacious and friendly café. Or why not a cream tea in the lovely restaurant converted from a Victorian greenhouse?
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