The Hornecourt Wood spring walk on Harewoods Estate

Walking trail

This walk takes you along quiet roads, across open fields and through the ancient Hornecourt woodland. Here you’ll find pretty displays of delicate spring flowers – bluebells, celandines and wood anemones.

Map

Harewoods Estate at Outwood map

Start:

Outwood Common car park TQ326456

1

From the National Trust car park just off Scott's Hill/Outwood Lane walk back towards the road and cross over to Gayhouse Lane. Walk along Gayhouse Lane with the windmill on your left.

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Outwood windmill

2

50 metres along Gayhouse Lane you'll reach a track going off to the right just past a cottage (Wilmots Lane). Take this turning and follow the hedge on your left to a kissing gate.

3

20m along this lane is a kissing gate on your left and footpath across a field. Go through the kissing gate and follow the well worn footpath until you reach the hedge on the far side. Turn right and follow the hedge line along to the entrance to Hornecourt Wood.

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Blackthorn blossom is an early herald of spring

4

You should immediately start to see our stunning displays of spring flowers, as you enter the woods. Take a moment to savour the peace and quiet of this special place. Head off along the path to your left and walk along the top of the ridge.

Enjoy the delightful view of bluebells at Horncourt Wood

5

The path bends around to the right and the T junction turn left. Keep straight ahead and you'll see some steps. Go down, walk the plank across the stream and climb up the other side. Once at the top, take a left turn and then immediately turn right (so that you have the field on your left).

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6

After around 100m, you'll reach a T-junction. Turn left here and follow the path up to the top of the hill.

7

You'll then see a path to your left and two to your right. Take the top path on the right (at about 2 o'clock heading east). You should have the field close to you on your left as you head along this path, with old coppice stools of hornbeam and beautiful woodland flora beneath.

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Hornbeam catkins in spring sunshine

8

Continue along this path for around 200m, passing a small footbridge on your left and then a path heading at right angles on your right.

9

As you head down to the corner of the wood you'll see wonderful country views looking south, through the hornbeam hedge line. Keep an eye out for roe deer passing across the fields.

10

As you follow the path at the bottom of the wood, to the right, you'll see an open area of woodland. This area’s conifers were felled a few winters ago, to enable native broadleaf trees (oak and hornbeam) to grow in their place. This should help improve the biodiversity of the woodland.

11

Continue to follow the path at the bottom of the wood, passing over a couple of footbridges.

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Hornbeam catkins in spring sunshine

12

The path will start to ascend, with a few smaller paths turning off to your left. Where it forks by an old tree trunk, take the path to the right.

Follow the path by the tree trunk

13

Keep on the main path until you reach a small bench made of part of the trunk of the tree. Keep this on your left, and head straight up the hill with the field on your left. After around 100m, you’ll reach the corner of the wood where you first entered (point 4). At this stage retrace your steps out into the field and cross back over to Wilmots Lane, where you can then follow Gayhouse Lane, past the windmill, back to the car park.

Enjoy the view of bluebells from the bench

End:

Outwood Common car park TQ326456

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The Hornecourt Wood spring walk on Harewoods Estate

Terrain

Some uneven paths and small hills. Can be muddy in parts.

The Hornecourt Wood spring walk on Harewoods Estate

Contact us

Telephone: 01342 843036

Email: harewoods@nationaltrust.org.uk

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/harewoods

The Hornecourt Wood spring walk on Harewoods Estate

How to get here

Address
Outwood Common Car Park Outwood Common RH1 5PW
By road

Off A25 at Bletchingley and head south along Outwood Lane.

The Hornecourt Wood spring walk on Harewoods Estate

Facilities and access

  • Nearby pubs and shop in the village of Outwood
  • Benches to rest on along the way