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The White Hart and Shave Wood Walk is a 4.8 mile loop trail located near Southampton, Hampshire, England that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking.

Length 4.8 mi Elevation gain 541 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Walking Forest Wildlife Pub walk
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A circular pub walk from The White Hart in Cadnam, Hampshire in the New Forest. The White Hart is a traditional country pub with a buzzy, chatty and civilised atmosphere. The walking route heads south through the heart of Shave Wood to reach the nearby village of Minstead where you’ll have chance to visit the final resting place of Sherlock Holmes’ creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Within the forest, there are also plenty of opportunities to see the beautiful New Forest ponies. The route has several gentle climbs and descents throughout. The paths through the woodland are all unmade and can get quite muddy after periods of rain so waterproof boots are recommended. There are no stiles on route, just a few gates and kissing gates to negotiate. You will be sharing the woodland paths with New Forest ponies so take care with dogs. There are a couple of sections walking along lanes so take care of any traffic. As the New Forest is open access land, there are no signed paths within the woodland meaning navigation can prove quite tricky. As such, it will be easiest to follow this route on the Android or iPhone App, where you can use the AllTrails live GPS map to guide you. Approximate time 2 to 2.5 hours.

Cadnam is located alongside Junction 1 of the M27, where the M27 ends and becomes the A31. The walk starts and finishes at The White Hart pub on Old Romsey Road, which has its own car park. Heading south-west on the M27, leave at Junction 1 and turn left at the roundabout signed to Cadnam. Turn left at the next roundabout (onto Old Romsey Road) and you'll find The White Hart on the left-hand side. Approximate post code SO40 2NP.

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Jill Gardner
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Hiking

Nice walk but easy to get lost in the woods. Be sure to have your GPS.

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Jasmine Berry
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Enjoyable walk with a good mix of scenery! We went in July so didn’t have a problem with it being boggy but I could see how the woods would be a problem after rain! GPS is a must as would be easy to get lost in the woods. You do have to walk on some roads but was nice and quiet. Enjoyable drink stop in the village on Minstead- shame we were too early for the pub!

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Penny Hastings
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Shave Wood is Forestry Commission so you can wander around to your heart's content. However, there's a lot of motorway noise so it's not exactly peaceful. The Minstead part of the walk looks like it is all on road so I didn't bother with that bit.

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Charles Day
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Very nice walk in the woods. The main path wasn’t always easy to be followed, so make sure your phone is fully charged before starting your adventure. Abundant wildlife...several deer sightings. Of course the donkeys and horses. Some boggy trail areas, so be prepared for a little mud.

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Mark Mark
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Avoid in wet winters. There are two sections of 0.5 to 1 mile which after rain basically become an exercise in finding your way around or through swamps!

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Chris Smith
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Would be a 4 but some parts are exceptionally boggy in winter.

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Tom Huelin
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Used the iPhone compass to get through the woods. The Trusty Servant is another option for refreshments. Flacks Double Drop and Ringwood Fortyniner on tap.

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David Overton
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lovely short amble, fun finding a way through the woods

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Aidan Chapman
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Elena Byerley
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Phil Jolley
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