Mill House, Butter Wood and Basingstoke Canal Walk

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Mill House, Butter Wood and Basingstoke Canal Walk is a 5.1 kilometer loop trail located near Hook, Hampshire, England that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips.

Distance: 5.1 km Elevation Gain: 82 m Route Type: Loop

kid friendly


nature trips

trail running



partially paved


pub walk

A circular pub walk from the Mill House in North Warnborough, near Hook. The Mill House has its own large mill pond set within beautiful gardens making it the perfect relaxing place for refreshments before or after your walk. The walking route provides a lovely mix of environments, allowing you to explore open heath, mixed woodland, fields and a long stretch of a pretty canal towpath. You'll also have chance to explore the impressive ruins of Odiham Castle along the way. The walk is relatively flat with just a couple of gentle slopes. The paths are a mixture of stone towpaths, quiet lanes and woodland paths, the latter of which can be very muddy so good waterproof footwear is recommended after periods of rain. There are several gates, a few squeeze gaps plus two stiles to negotiate (both of which have adjacent gaps which should be easy for most dogs). There is one short section of road walking so take care with children here. The heath is grazed by cattle for conservation and one field may be holding a couple of smallholding cows so take care with dogs. Allow 1.5 to 2 hours.

2 months ago

Really enjoyed this walk, took us about two hours and we had lovely, dry weather so none of it was muddy, but I suspect it does get quite muddy if it’s been raining! We met some sheep along the way but they weren’t bothered by us at all. Couldn’t hear any passing traffic and only saw a handful of people on the way. Lovely and peaceful

3 months ago

This should be a really nice walk, but for me it was spoiled by the almost constant drone of traffic from the M3 (I should have looked at the map better before starting). Some nice points of interest - castle, canal, some lovely houses - but tranquility shattered by traffic and helicopters...

3 months ago

Muddy this time of year as you go through the woods but as you go further the better. In summer I would expect it dry out. Good walk.

6 months ago

Excellent walk through mixed woodland, pastures and alongside the Basingstoke Canal - it was a cold, bright day when we went and therefore not very muddy. Odiham Castle is a real treat. Nice food and drink at the Mill House Pub at the end of the walk was a nice bonus!

9 months ago

Always a lovely area to walk. I paddle this stretch of the canal a fair bit in my kayak. Was nice to walk it again!

10 months ago

Lovely walk. Good pub. Good beer. Up-market food, up-market prices.

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Very muddy at the moment! Had to double back and go in reverse but will try again in a few months. Great after a heavy Sunday lunch!

Monday, July 17, 2017

What a lovely walk! Quiet and beautiful. Very detailed instruction - big thank you to the author. A combination of woodland and canal. Pass odiham castle and some beautiful cottages. The mill house pub has a beautiful garden near the river ' a good place to go before or after the walk.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

We really enjoyed this walk, if it's been raining it could be very muddy

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