RingwoodBrockenhurst

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Route uses the Castleman Trail from Ringwood which becomes the defunct Southampton & Dorchester Railway from Burley to Brockenhurst plus footpaths to avoid roads with motorised traffic. It provides a wide and level route which is well shaded for large stretches.
Total distance - 22.5 km ; Total ascent - 112m : Total descent - 108m

Heading South from Ringwood and upon entering the Castleman trail turn left to cross the Bickerley Mill Stream - pic1
At end of path turn right to cross the roundabout onto Castleman Way. This was the location of Ringwood Station, with the Railway Pub on LHS.
NB - more pleasant walk on LHS path as set back from road. If so, prepare to cross back to RHS when arriving at Waterloo Way.
Turn right onto Embankment Way which leads onto a wide tarmac path following Castleman trail - pic 2.
At the end of this path, cross Crow Lane diagonally to enter the next section following the Castleman trail and cross the wooden bridge - pic 3.
Again, cross another road, Crowe Hill, to enter the final section of the Castleman trail next Ringwood and arrive at Barrack Road - pic 4. Note the short rail sections and "End of Trail" sign.
The 4km section of the Castleman Railway from here to Pound Lane near Burley is closed and very overgrown. One option is to turn right and follow the roads down to the Sandford area and entrance to New Forest paths across to Burley, although there are no pavements and it is popular with cars and cyclists.
Otherwise, there are 2 footpaths that take you within 100m of this New Forest path but with stiles,etc. That probably restricts access to walkers or cyclists able to lift bikes over gates.
Turn left at the "End of Trail" going 250m up the hill and past cottages on LHS to find the footpath entrance on the RHS.
This leads through to Charles Lane where you turn right and pass between the remains of an old railway bridge - pic 5
Take the next turn left towards the Bagnum Equestrian Centre - pic 6,
Once past the first house on the RHS, turn onto the footpath which starts as an old lane and then walk along a field edge to arrive onto a small lane. Turning right here brings you out to the Ringwood - Bransgore road.
Turn left for 100m and turn left again into another footpath - pic 7 - and then shortly to a ford with an alternative bridge crossing - pic 8.
Follow the path upwards and through a couple of gates - pic9 as you enter the New Forest.
The path bends to the left and leads back to a bridge which crosses the overgrown Castleman Railway - pic 10.
From here, on either side of the bridge, paths lead right towards Pound lane where Burbush parking is found across this lane. A marked entrance at the right rear of this car park leads onto Castleman trail aka the Southampton & Dorchester Railway - pics 11 & 12.
This changes on turning left at a gated exit to a busy road (originally the railway line) at The Old Station Tea Rooms, Holmsley which is avoided by going straight ahead at the T junction onto a forest path into Wiverley Enclosure via a stile - pic 13. Turn right to pass under the A35 and head towards the road junction towards Wooton Bridge and pick up the Southampton & Dorchester Railway route again as you head towards Wooton Bridge car park.
Optionally, a slightly shorter route would be to exit at Wiverley Enclosure Car Park and turn left to follow the Burley road into Brockenhurst. This is a busy road but it usually possible to walk along the side near the road in most places.
There are 2 bridge crossings deemed unsafe, so a brief but steep descent/ascent is necessary to leave/rejoin the Southampton & Dorchester Railway route - pic 14.
At the end of the Southampton & Dorchester Railway, follow the track as it bears slightly right then left to join the B3055 Sway Road under a railway tunnel - pic 15. Turn left per signs to proceed into the centre of Brockenhurst

Route uses the Castleman Trail from Ringwood which becomes the defunct Southampton & Dorchester Railway from Burley to Brockenhurst plus footpaths to avoid roads with motorised traffic. It provides a wide and level route which is well shaded for large stretches.
Total distance - 22.5 km ; Total ascent - 112m : Total descent - 108m

Heading South from Ringwood and upon entering the Castleman trail turn left to cross the Bickerley Mill Stream - pic1
At end of path turn right to cross the roundabout onto Castleman Way. This was the location of Ringwood Station, with the Railway Pub on LHS.
NB - more pleasant walk on LHS path as set back from road. If so, prepare to cross back to RHS when arriving at Waterloo Way.
Turn right onto Embankment Way which leads onto a wide tarmac path following Castleman trail - pic 2.
At the end of this path, cross Crow Lane diagonally to enter the next section following the Castleman trail and cross the wooden bridge - pic 3.
Again, cross another road, Crowe Hill, to enter the final section of the Castleman trail next Ringwood and arrive at Barrack Road - pic 4. Note the short rail sections and "End of Trail" sign.
The 4km section of the Castleman Railway from here to Pound Lane near Burley is closed and very overgrown. One option is to turn right and follow the roads down to the Sandford area and entrance to New Forest paths across to Burley, although there are no pavements and it is popular with cars and cyclists.
Otherwise, there are 2 footpaths that take you within 100m of this New Forest path but with stiles,etc. That probably restricts access to walkers or cyclists able to lift bikes over gates.
Turn left at the "End of Trail" going 250m up the hill and past cottages on LHS to find the footpath entrance on the RHS.
This leads through to Charles Lane where you turn right and pass between the remains of an old railway bridge - pic 5
Take the next turn left towards the Bagnum Equestrian Centre - pic 6,
Once past the first house on the RHS, turn onto the footpath which starts as an old lane and then walk along a field edge to arrive onto a small lane. Turning right here brings you out to the Ringwood - Bransgore road.
Turn left for 100m and turn left again into another footpath - pic 7 - and then shortly to a ford with an alternative bridge crossing - pic 8.
Follow the path upwards and through a couple of gates - pic9 as you enter the New Forest.
The path bends to the left and leads back to a bridge which crosses the overgrown Castleman Railway - pic 10.
From here, on either side of the bridge, paths lead right towards Pound lane where Burbush parking is found across this lane. A marked entrance at the right rear of this car park leads onto Castleman trail aka the Southampton & Dorchester Railway - pics 11 & 12.
This changes on turning left at a gated exit to a busy road (originally the railway line) at The Old Station Tea Rooms, Holmsley which is avoided by going straight ahead at the T junction onto a forest path into Wiverley Enclosure via a stile - pic 13. Turn right to pass under the A35 and head towards the road junction towards Wooton Bridge and pick up the Southampton & Dorchester Railway route again as you head towards Wooton Bridge car park.
Optionally, a slightly shorter route would be to exit at Wiverley Enclosure Car Park and turn left to follow the Burley road into Brockenhurst. This is a busy road but it usually possible to walk along the side near the road in most places.
There are 2 bridge crossings deemed unsafe, so a brief but steep descent/ascent is necessary to leave/rejoin the Southampton & Dorchester Railway route - pic 14.
At the end of the Southampton & Dorchester Railway, follow the track as it bears slightly right then left to join the B3055 Sway Road under a railway tunnel - pic 15. Turn left per signs to proceed into the centre of Brockenhurst

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Ringwood
Grid Ref SU1478605309
Lat / Lon 50.84711° / -1.79134°
Easting / Northing 414,786E / 105,309N
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Brockenhurst
Grid Ref SU3012702007
Lat / Lon 50.81682° / -1.57371°
Easting / Northing 430,127E / 102,007N
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