Holmsley Ridge and Inclosure

Holmsley Ridge

A circular walk which takes you across Holmsley Ridge – with stunning views over heath land south of the village of Burley – before sweeping down to the woodland of Holmsley Inclosure. This route is particularly stunning in late summer when the purple and pink heather is in full bloom.


From the car park, cross Holmsley Passage and head out on the path beyond the vehicle barrier. To your right you’ll have views over towards Burley and Turf Hill. To the left is Holmsley Inclosure.

After about 600m you’ll come to some ponds down an incline to your left. Take the path on the right of a fence as it continues across the ridge.

Walk for another 700m until the path splits. Take the left fork which heads downhill for 1.2km towards Thorney Hill Holms. Continue on the grassy track until it meets a path heading towards Holmsley Incloure. Turn left onto the path and walk alongside the inclosure for 200m until you come to a gate into the woods.

After 100m turn right and continue straight until you join the cycle path. Follow the path as it curves to the right. Take a right turn and after another 500m on the cycle track you’ll reach a ford.

Cross the ford and take the cycle path on the right until it reaches Holmsley Passage. Turn left and walk along the roadside for 750m back to the car park.

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Walk Information

Starting Points

Food and Drink

  • Various pubs and restaurants in Burley

The path across the ridge is a stoney heath path. The stretch downhill becomes more grassy and can be muddy following wet weather. The paths in the inclosure are gravel cycle paths and are generally passable. There is a short walk along the roadside of Holmsley Passage.

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