This circular walk takes in the woodland of Kings Garn Gutter Inclosure before climbing the gentle incline of Long Beech Hill. Under your feet will be evidence of the nearby airfield which was in use during World War Two.
From the car park at Janesmoor Pond, take the path alongside the pond heading into Kings Garn Gutter Inclosure.
Take the winding gravel path downhill until it reaches Cycle Post 26 when you turn right.
Continue straight through the woodland of the inclosure, crossing the small stream and continuing until the path meets a concrete track. Join the track as it heads up Long Beech Hill.
The concrete path is evidence of Stoney Cross airfield – one of 12 airfields in the New Forest during World War Two. Because of its flat open spaces and proximity to the coast, the forest was the perfect place to locate airfields for both fighters and bombers. Throughout the forest you’ll see areas of concreted ground which were side roads and taxiways for the bases.
After leaving the campsite, in dry conditions there is a path cutting back to the car park across the open grassland. Otherwise continue to the road and follow it back to the car park.
- Janesmoor Pond car park
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Mainly gravel tracks which are generally passable, this walk is accessible for prams and buggies. It finishes with an uphill stretch.