walk#11 – no man’s land to bluebell heaven

walk#11 Moorcourt Farm

Crabwood and Farley Mount is a popular destination for Winchester residents who want to go for a walk. Rather than driving to one of the car parks on Farley Mount Road, the the walk from the starting point at Waitrose is a great, albeit slightly longer excursion. Following the route counter-clockwise, we leave town on Dean Lane and turn towards Ham Green and Moorcourt Farm. This leads us to the sweeping hills of No Man’s Land before turning left into towards Crabwood/West Wood. The return is on Lanham Lane and we suggest to walk across the fields to the east of the water reservoir just before entering Teg Down. From the top of Teg Down there are multiple ways back to Waitrose. Staying on Teg Down Meads and cutting through the woods from Coppice Close to Hampton Lane is our preferred route.

Start and end point: Waitrose/Aldi on Stockbridge Road, Winchester

Length: 17 km / 10.5 miles
Time: 4 hours at a swift pace + breaks
Difficulty: Moderate – 262 m total ascent
Parking: behind Waitrose, off Fromond Road
Public transport: buses to Fromond Road (bus #3) from Winchester City Centre

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Variation: Skip Farley Mount and find a quicker way back through Crab Wood or, for shorter, 2-hour walk, cross the field at Stockers Down into Crabwood to Crabwood Farm Hourse.

The walk is hilly, but not a much as walk#9.

Highlights of walk#11

fields, farm building, dark clouds
Farm buildings, No Mans Land, west of Moorecourt Farm

The walk is good even when no bluebells are in bloom. The dense network of paths through West Wood and Crabwood make it easy to vary the walk. We find the paths around Ham Green and Lanham Lane to be the perfect walking routes at any time of the year. However, the bluebells in April and May make the trip even more worthwhile. The walk can be varied in a variety of different ways as there are a lot of parallel and connecting pathways in this area of Winchester.

trees and first bluebells coming through  in April
early bluebells poking through in Crabwood (April)
funky trees at the far end of a field
Trees near the bottom part of Lanham Lane
Mossy roots
Mossy roots

Lanham Lane

Dirt road with thick vegetation to the left, right and above
Lanham Lane
view from field
View from field by Lanham Lane
You get to the field from Lanham Lane through this little pathway
gated entrance to field
Entrance to field at the Lanham Lane/Dean Lane intersection
injured bark and ivy growing up a tree
Tree on Lanham Lane
rolling field with trees
View towards Lanham Plantation

No Man’s Land

Cow parsley by gravel track
Path west of Moorcourt Farm
rolling field with trees
Field near Moorcourt Farm, view towards Crabwood
dead end road to No Man's Land
Track leading from Moorcourt Farm towards No Man’s Land, it’s a dead end

This walk is part of the 12 walks challenge. Photos were taken between April and November 2020.

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