The White Hart and Shave Wood Walk

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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.

Distance: 4.8 miles Elevation Gain: 541 feet Route Type: Loop

hiking

walking

forest

wildlife

pub walk

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.

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.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

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!

Thursday, January 05, 2017

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

Monday, October 10, 2016

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.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

lovely short amble, fun finding a way through the woods

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