Help keep our trails and parks open during COVID-19 by committing to social distancing. Some trails or park services may be closed this weekend so check with local authorities before heading out.
Learn more

Rownhams Wood and Chilworth Conservation Area

easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray Star(15)
Chilworth Conservation Area

Rownhams Wood and Chilworth Conservation Area is a 3.5 mile 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.

Length 3.5 mi Elevation gain 367 ft Route type Loop
Kid friendly Hiking Walking Forest Muddy
Description
Waypoints (10)
Getting There

As of July 2020 this trail is closed by the forestry commission due to work being completed in the forest. 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.

Rownhams is a suburb on the north side of Southampton near the M27 motorway. To reach Rownhams Lane from Southampton take signs for Romsey (A3057). To reach Rownhams from the M27, leave at Junction 3 and head north towards Romsey on the M271. At the roundabout, take the last exit and head towards Southampton on the A3057. You will pass Romsey Golf Club on your left. Once on the A3057, turn down Baker's Drove. At the T junction turn left down Rownhams Lane and drive over the motorway. Rownhams Wood is down the hill and round the bend on the right. There is a little roadside parking next to the wood. (If this parking is full, there is also parking at the Chilworth Conservation Area to the rear of Chilworth Manor, and you could adjust the walk to start from that point if needed). Approximate post code for Rownhams Lane, SO52 9LP.

Weather
UV Index
Daylight
Reviews (16)
Photos (26)
Recordings (6)
Completed (31)
View user's profile page
mitch w
Yellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarJuly 2, 2020
Hiking

Closed

View user's profile page
Des M
Yellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarMay 30, 2020
HikingClosed

Closed by the forestry commission due to work being completed in the forest. Avoid as car park has been blocked off to stop people stopping.

View user's profile page
clive ellis
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarMay 25, 2020

Sunday 25tg May 2020 Absolutely shocked to find the small but useful car park has been blocked off with huge boulders to stop anyone parking - This is outrageous! As many local people walk their dogs and others enjoy the walk - there is no other area to park a car localy - No advance warning was given - Why has this been actioned and by who ?? CME

View user's profile page
Philip Harrison
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 9, 2020
Bird Watching

Lovely easy walk in quiet woodland, a couple of muddy spots but not to bad. Only spoiled by irresponsible dog owners who don't clean up after their dogs, so watch your step

View user's profile page
Patricia Hiscock
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 15, 2020
Hiking

We walked from Rownhams lane with our two labradors! A lovely walk but it can be very muddy at certain times of the year! The bluebells and trees were mesmerising! Lovely lush and vibrant! The dogs were off lead until we reached Chilworth Village Hall ! Then we walked through Chilworth old village past the golf range to North Baddesley , back through the village via Fleming Avenue and Bracken Road into Rownhams lane and back to the car! It took us two hours! We have done it before and had a drink at the Clump or Chilworth Arms as I believe it is now known! But with the current situation ie lock down that is not possible !

View user's profile page
Niamh Bullen
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMay 11, 2019
Hiking

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.

View user's profile page
Jo Richardson
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarMay 9, 2019
HikingMuddy

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

View user's profile page
Keith Barnes
Gray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarJanuary 20, 2019
First to Review

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

View user's profile page
Amy Richards
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJuly 8, 2020
Hiking
View Amy's Recording
View user's profile page
Gillian Wilkins
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 7, 2020
Hiking
View Gillian's Recording
View user's profile page
Rosemary Rees
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarJune 7, 2020
Hiking
View Rosemary's Recording
View user's profile page
Tanisha Gill
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarMay 18, 2020
Hiking
View Tanisha's Recording
View user's profile page
Kelvyn Frost
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarMay 10, 2020
Hiking
View Kelvyn 's Recording
View user's profile page
Simon Longhurst
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarMay 9, 2020
Hiking
View Simon's Recording
View user's profile page
Phil Tubby
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarApril 27, 2020
Hiking
View user's profile page
Angharad Jenkins
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarApril 22, 2020
Hiking