Turf Hill, Burley

Starting Point

Burley Car Park, Station Road, Burley.
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Distance

3 MILES (5KM) – Circular

Categories

Pub Walks | Kids Walks | Buggy-friendly | Bus Walks | Campsite Walks | Train-to-train | Villages | Circular

Terrain

The hill stretches are mainly gravel with some rougher, sandy stretches. There are some relatively steep ascents and descents. The disused railway line is flat, wide and graveled.

Although Burley is a bustling village, it is surrounded by rolling heath land.  Heading south, you can enjoy the wide open vistas with views as far as the Isle of Wight and walk where the tracks of the Castleman’s Corkscrew railway line used to carry steam trains through the forest.

This route is particularly stunning in late summer when the purple and pink heather is in full bloom.

Route

From Burley car park, take the more-or-less straight gravel path which will take you on a gradual descent down Turf Hill. Look out for Sway Tower in the distance with the Isle of Wight behind it. Continue walking with Shappen Bottom to your right, and after about 2km there is a steeper descent towards a footbridge over a stream

– Over another 200m the path rises to meet a path along the disused ‘Castleman’s Corkscrew’ railway line. The line, opened in the 1840s, linked Brockenhurst and Ringwood and was known for its winding route through the forest.

– At the ruins of the Greenberry Bridge, turn right onto the path and follow it’s curving route for 1.5km.

– When the path crosses a second small bridge with metal railings, you can either take the path on the right up the hill, or take a detour on the path on the left and pay a visit to Witten Pond.

– Take the path up Burbush Hill, passing a tumulus – burial mound – on your left after about 330m.

– Continue on the path as it bends round to the left after Shappen Hill and meets a tarmaced lane. The lane meets Moorhill Road which takes you uphill back to Burley car park.

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