Rownhams Wood and Chilworth Conservation Area

EASY 3 reviews

Rownhams Wood and Chilworth Conservation Area is a 5.6 kilometer loop trail located near Southampton, Hampshire, England that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking.

DISTANCE
5.6 km
ELEVATION GAIN
112 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

hiking

walking

forest

muddy

A circular trail in Hampshire, from Rownhams Wood to Chilworth and back. This is a beautiful woodland walk within easy reach for the locals and visitors alike, due to its proximity to the M27, but it does suffer a bit from motorway noise, particularly at the Rownhams end. The route takes you first through Forestry Commission land and then past Chilworth Golf Course. Chilworth Conservation Area is in the old grounds of Chilworth Manor and well worth a wander round. The route back takes you through the Southampton University Science Park. There is an extra loop at Tanner's Brook on the return leg, but the further south you are, the nearer you are to the motorway, so if you are sensitive to road noise you may want to skip this and just head back the way you came. The walk is generally flat with a few inclines as you near Chilworth. There are no stiles or gates and dogs are welcome in the conservation area as long as they are under control. The paths through Rownhams Wood can get a bit boggy, so wellies or stout walking boots are recommended. In the conservation area the paths are narrow and not signed so not always easy to follow. There are numerous narrow plank bridges over streams in the conservation area so you should not get wet feet here. You will not be sharing any of the paths with livestock. Allow 1.5 hours.

hiking
13 days ago

Beautiful walk. Good variation of scenery and very beautiful. Muddy for the first km but then not too wet. Best to go when it’s fairly dry. Nice quick morning walk.

hiking
muddy
16 days ago

This is a decent walk dog friendly, very muddy the first stretch of the walk, then the 2nd part is a lot nicer , a bit confusing through the start of science university , just walk down the road towards the campus and at the back you will find the big fir trees, would walk here again

4 months ago

Not the most enjoyable walk and wet in the first stretch. Don't think we'll be doing it again.

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