Stockbridge, Danebury Down and Longstock

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Stockbridge, Hampshire, England

Stockbridge, Danebury Down and Longstock is a 7.2 mile loop trail located near Stockbridge, Hampshire, England and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running.

Length7.2 miElevation gain921 ftRoute typeLoop
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A circular walk from the idyllic market town of Stockbridge in Hampshire. There are lovely views of the rolling downs throughout and your journey is punctuated with an optional visit to Danebury Hill Fort, the pretty thatched cottages in Longstock village and a beautiful stretch of the River Test, one of the country’s finest chalk streams. If you include a circuit of the hill fort the walk will be extended to 8.5 miles, or if you exclude the optional branch onto Danebury Fort the walk will be reduced to 6.5 miles. The walk has several steady but long climbs and descents throughout. You will need to negotiate some kissing gates as well as three stiles. The stiles have fence gaps suitable for medium dogs, but larger dogs may need a hand over. There are a couple of stretches walking on very quiet country lanes, plus one crossing point on the A30, so take care here. If you choose to visit Danebury Hill Fort, you will need to walk for 300 metres along the edge of a busier road with an intermittent grass verge – this stretch is well used by walkers but it does require extreme care. There is no livestock for the majority of the route but conservation grazing (with Exmoor ponies, Dexter cattle and sheep) takes place on Danebury Down and Hill Fort so take care with dogs at this point. There are public toilets on Stockbridge High Street and also within the car park for the hill fort. There are lots of options for refreshments in Stockbridge and there is a pub in Longstock. Approximate time 3.5 hours.

Stockbridge is a small town in west Hampshire within the Test Valley, and is located on the main A30 road. The town is easily accessed from the A303. The walk starts and finishes at the eastern end of the High Street, close to the roundabout with the B3049. There is ample free parking all the way along the length of the High Street. Approximate post code SO20 6HF. Stockbridge is also served by several bus services, bus numbers 15 and 16 both stop outside the Town Hall on the High Street (correct April 2016).

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Mike Hedley-Harper
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Martyn Neale
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Lottie Hedley-Harper
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Stephanie Hands
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Greig Wileman
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Nice quiet walk. The road “the Bunny” was closed so had to walk on the road with no pavement to get back so make sure it’s not dark!

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Cory Sydee
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A great walk. Easy to follow footpaths. Muddy but nothing too boggy. Some walking along the road but that’s often to be expected when parking in a town centre.

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Alistair Welford
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lots on or next to road uneven footing for large stretch

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Daniel Morgan
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Fun hike through the country side, the first half of the walk is very overgrown at the moment and the route to the fort you have to walk on a main road so we didn’t attempt it but other wise a fun few hours.

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Paul Denney
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David Parkinson
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Lovely walk although I don’t think it’s used too often as some of it mainly the field bit after you cross the A30 was very overgrown. Lovely views though!

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Ellie Ingram
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Lovely walk. Little overgrown in places so trousers probably worthwhile but it’s all still very passable. Had a lovely picnic by the river on The Bunny.

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Rob Gardner
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easy enough, nice views,some busy roads but straightforward.

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Philippa Roll
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An easy trail with stunning scenery. Not too overgrown even at the height of summer, but wear trousers. Lots of blackberries and sloes along the way to pick.

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Martin Cohen
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In my opinion too much of this trail is on or next to noisy roads. There’s a stretch as you approach the bottom of the iron age fort hill where you have to walk on a very fast road. Not nice. Especially if you have kids with you. The river test crossing with the fisherman’s hut is a highlight and so is the village of Stockbridge. You need to wear long trousers for this walk in the spring and summer ....I wore shorts and got stung by nettles a lot! A lot of the time the paths are very long without any change. I’m not crazy about this walk.

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Keith Barker
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Walked this last week and really enjoyed it. Another great walk!

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Stuart Bonell
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This walk was reasonable. A little samey with lots on the edges of fields or between hedgerows. There is a great variety of wildflowers however and most of it is away from noise. Lots of elderberries, blackberries etc. on the way. We weren’t brave enough to trywhat looked like blueberries. We only met one person and that was only because we found their lost dog and called them to meet us! After Roman Road and after crossing the A30, the path is a little difficult (August 2018). When we were there, the farmer had dug a trench (some time earlier it seems judging by growth of weeds) and the chalk spoil seems to cover the path. There are sections where you can walk alongside but others where walking on the top of the spoil heap may be better. Unfortunately this means you need to watch every step (you don’t want to be slipping off into the trench even though its not very deep) which makes this stretch a little tiresome at the moment. Our walk was enlivened here by seeing a roe and her two calves spring out of grass and into a copse on this section. We lunched at the Peat Spade. Nice looking place and decent food, but pricey (we live in Surrey so fairly accustomed to gastro pubs, but Stockbridge and surrounds have changed a lot in the last couple of years - great choice of good food etc, but with prices to match). The last section is a bit disappointing as the Leckford estate means that it's not possible to walk next to the river. Instead the track is in trees only 30 ft from the A road. You do get to cross the branches of the Test a few times however and it is a stunningly beautiful river - crystal clear even when looking into deeper parts and full of fish

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nick owen
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Great walk. Add stop for a pint at the Peat Spade.

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Keith Reed
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Steve Galvin
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Yann Taddei
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Susan Turnbull
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Simon Butler
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Joseph Cooper
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Emma Crawshay Jones
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Claire Harrington
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Martin Randall
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alister redgwell
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Katie Katie
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Mark Pritchard
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