Stockbridge Down

The bronze age burial mound at Stockbridge Down, Mottisfont, Hampshire

You can find breathtaking views and spot a variety of wildlife at Stockbridge Down.

Our countryside sites remain open so that local visitors can visit for exercise in line with government guidance. We ask all visitors to follow guidance on social distancing to keep everyone safe. If you need to drive to access these places and find the car park full, please come back another time. Please don't park on the verges, as this blocks the view of the road.

A chalk hill supporting grassland, areas of scrub and partially wooded margins, the habitat diversity of Stockbridge Down is hugely beneficial to local wildlife. Possessing the remains of an Iron Age hill fort, earthworks and around 14 Bronze Age burial mounds, this is also a site of importance for archaeology, as well as nature conservation.

Help us care for the countryside

Please be aware that camping is not permitted on Stockbridge Down, and it's not suitable for bikes. You can help us look after the countryside by closing gates behind you, keeping dogs under control, not using barbecues or campfires, taking all rubbish home and leaving no trace of your visit. Thank you.

Managing the Down

A winter view across Stockbridge Down, Hampshire, with livestock

Winter conservation at Stockbridge Down 

We look after 1600 acres of Hampshire countryside, including Stockbridge Down, an area which is hugely beneficial to local wildlife. Find out what we'll be doing over winter to help manage this special landscape.

Restoring the landscape

Due to the decline of juniper in southern England, the juniper population of Stockbridge is of high importance. Juniper has declined due to changes in land management after WWII and previously uncontrolled grazing of livestock, deer and rabbits throughout the country.

Unlike most tree species, juniper trees are either male or female, needing at least one of each within the area in order to create new seedlings. The seedlings also need bare soil in order to grow, and so can be easily shaded out by other plants.

We manage our juniper by clearing the scrub around the base of each tree, to prevent overcrowding and subsequent losses from over shading.

Walking on the Down

A frosty view from the top of Stockbridge Down, Hampshire, on the Mottisfont estate
Walking trail

Stockbridge Down wildlife and history walk 

This 1.5 mile walk offers great views from a hillfort on a crisp, clear day. Bronze age barrows appear more prominent now that the grass growth of summer has died back, and over-wintering birds such as bullfinches, field fares and waxwings can be seen darting through the scrub.

Dog walking on a lead

Professional dog walking on the Mottisfont estate 

Obtaining a license for professional dog walking across the Mottisfont and South West Hampshire estate will allow you to undertake your work in one of the area's more picturesque settings - whatever the season.