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Baddesley Common and Emer Bog is a 3.5 mile loop trail located near Romsey, Hampshire, England that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Length 3.5 mi Elevation gain 311 ft Route type Loop
Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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A figure-of-eight walk in Hampshire, giving you a snip of the New Forest and taking you through common land grazed by ponies and on a boardwalk trail through a wood. The area known as Baddesley Common and Emer Bog consists of grassland heath, bog and deciduous forest which instantly reminds you of the New Forest. It is hardly surprising then to discover that it originally formed part of the most easterly corner of the New Forest. Today it is a nature reserve and a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) managed by Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. It lies between Crampmoor to the north and North Baddesley to the south. Although a relatively small area, it is rich in flora and fauna and has a very varied habitat. Although the ground underfoot is frequently waterlogged, the wooden boardwalk along the wettest stretch is always well drained and is also covered with wire mesh so that it is not slippery even in the wettest of weather. Stout walking boots or wellingtons are recommended. You will need to negotiate several kissing gates and farm gates plus 4 stiles, all of which have gaps alongside which should be suitable for most dogs. The route is relatively flat and you will be sharing some of the grassland with grazing ponies. You will also pass Emer Farm which is home to a colony (or "mob"!) of emus - but they are fenced away from the path! There are a couple of crossings of the A27 that need care, although this is within the 40mph area. Allow 1.5 hours. (For a shorter version you could exclude the loop around the woodland boardwalk).

The walk starts and finishes in the village of North Baddesley, on Emer Close. There is plenty of roadside parking available here. Approximate post code SO52 9DE. From M27: Leave the motorway at Junction 3 and join A3057 heading for Romsey. At the roundabout, take the A27 heading for North Baddesley and Southampton. Go past the Luzborough pub on your left and at the roundabout turn right onto Botley Road. When you reach the village of North Baddesley turn right into Emer Close. From M3 (Winchester): Exit the motorway at Junction 14 and head towards Southampton. At the first roundabout after the motorway, go almost completely around the roundabout and take the A27 Chilworth Road towards Romsey and North Baddesley. Then signs as for Southampton. From Southampton: head up to the top of the Avenue and turn left to take the A27 Chilworth Road to Romsey and North Baddesley. When you reach the village of North Baddesley go through two sets of traffic lights. Go past signs for Test Valley Business Park on your right and then turn into Emer Close on your left.

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Kris Attwood
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Kris Attwood
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phillip Mulhall
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not bad, ideal for dog walking

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Rachel Wells
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Lovely trail- would recommend wellies or boots if it’s wet. Saw a deer and lots of pheasants!

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Ryan Heaven
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like a mini version of the new forest

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Caren Maguire
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Overcast and cool but perfect for walking with the dog.

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Becky Conway
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mixture of open space and more secluded pathways. Dog friendly.

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Leeanna Faulkner
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Sara Taylor
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Good easy walk. Dog friendly some areas where birds are nesting do dogs need to be on the lead.

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Jo Richardson
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Nice easy walk , dog friendly just a couple of places the dogs need to go on the lead between April-August , pleasant through the fields and open areas

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Phillip Phillip
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Very boggy towards the left at the moment. Keeping to the right at junctions is a lot drier. Very nice walk though.

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Cathy Jury
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Really enjoyed this walk, thanks for posting. It's good for a short stroll and has plenty of shaded areas if it's hot, which it was when we went. It was very dry when we went, but looked like it could get quite muddy in parts, so boots essential for most of the year. Good mixture of lovely wild flower meadow, old woodland and open marshland. We saw no ponies, but a few Emus were very bemused by us! Nothing strenuous here and the distance is just right for a casual stroll. GPS very useful in parts and is well mapped.

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Paul E
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Lydia Lockhart
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Andy Hodgkiss
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Charlie Brett
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Neil Brand
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Abi Chadwick
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Gillian Wilkins
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Jackie Cheng
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Kieran Boakes
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Lauryn Easson
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Ben Hewitt
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Ben Hewitt
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Paul Beckett
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Rosemary Rees
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