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Mill House, Butter Wood and Basingstoke Canal Walk

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Butter Wood

Mill House, Butter Wood and Basingstoke Canal Walk is a 3.2 mile loop trail located near Hook, Hampshire, England that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips.

Length 3.2 mi Elevation gain 269 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Running

Lake

Partially paved

River

Over grown

Pub walk

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Getting There

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.

North Warnborough is just south of Junction 5 of the M3, between Odiham and Hook. The walk starts and finishes from the Mill House pub on the B3349 Hook Road (note there are two Hook Roads '€“ you want the further east of the two) just a few hundred yards from its junction with the A287. Approximate post code RG29 1ET.

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Reviews (58)
Photos (77)
Recordings (30)
Completed (139)
Ollie Brown
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HikingGreat!

Really nice walk for a summers day, plenty of woodland and so plenty of shade. Enjoyed it a lot

Steve Beckwith
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Hiking

Excellent walk. But be careful of the loose cattle in section 1

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Emma Button
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Hiking

Lovely walk with a mix of terrain. We added another km on to avoid walking along the pavement through north Warnborough so went along the canal instead.

Cathy Woodcock
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car park at Mill pub is closed due to covid. We parked in Odiham instead and walked to the start. Nice walk, slightly muddy in places with the ruined castle adding interest.

Kyle Abbott
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Hiking

I love old castles, that combined with beautiful natural scenery makes this a lovely walk.

Jemma Veal
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MuddyWashed out

Lovely walk, flooded in areas so wellies or good hiking boots are needed.

Dan Baker
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Lish M.
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Jeffrey Croft
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Samuel Sanderson
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Alan Sanderson
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Hiking

Great dog walking trail with lovely views of the disused canal. Odium castle was a good surprise also. Wouldn’t recommend food at the mill house - very expensive and not great quality

Clair Clair
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Hiking

Great dog walk, Hardly any road walking, very peaceful and only saw a handful of walkers Plenty to see on the route Instructions very detailed, no problems Great walk in the summer, like to try again in the winter, paws up from out four legged friend

Kirsty Fraser-Wade
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Hiking

A lovely country walk. The pub at the end is really good too. The trail was a little overgrown in places but we could still go through it you just wouldn’t want bare legs as a few brambles and stinging nettles on the trail during the woodland section. We did get a little bit lost at one point during the open woods area and had to backtrack. I think that was because we were chatting away and took the wrong fork! The map guided us back on track pretty quickly.

valerie v.
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Hiking

Did this on the hottest day of the year (apparently) and the walk offered shade in the woods and along the canal. The wildlife was spectacular; butterflies, waterfowl, fish, birds. A nice blend of woods, cornfield and canal (which was beautiful). The ruined castle was well worth a stop to look round. No hills so good for the less fit/elderly. Will come back and do it again in the autumn. The Mill House pub was great for a welcome cold drink and snack at the end. It took us about two hours walking pretty slowly.

Jemma M.
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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

John Johnstone
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HikingMuddy

The Mill House is a great place to start and finish this walk through woods, fields and along the Basingstoke canal towpath. In one or two places it was very muddy but nothing very serious. In all easy to get to, easy to park and good place to have lunch afterwards.

Anna Wilson
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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...

Ann Jackson
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Lovely first walk of the year with iFootpath. Bit muddy to start but worth carrying on

Mel Selwood
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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!

jessica jessica
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Lovely walk, muddy in parts but so is everywhere at this time of year! Great for the dogs :-)

Sparky B.
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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!

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

Olly Webster
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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!

Kathy Kathy
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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.

Samantha Bridge
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First to Review

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

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