Mottisfont estate walk

Walking trail

This walk can experience high visitor numbers, and parking is limited. Please park responsibly, and if the area is too busy on your arrival please come back another time.

Discover our beautiful and diverse estate on a varied walk through ancient woodlands, historic farmland and along the crystal-clear River Test. This walk takes in part of the Test Way and showcases some of the best of Hampshire countryside. The route is best walked anti-clockwise. Look out for the stone markers with the bear crest on them, as some of these have numbers which relate to points on this walking trail - but please note that we are currently revising the route. There may be livestock grazing at certain points on the route - please keep dogs on leads while walking through fields.

Sunrise on the Mottisfont estate, Hampshire


A map showing the route of Mottisfont's estate walk


Spearywell car park, grid ref: SU316275


Starting from Spearywell carpark, take the gravel path to the left of the sign board. This part of the walk takes in much of the woodland. Follow the bear stone markers until you exit the woods and emerge by farmland.

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Take the left turning at a T junction, following the path and signs down through the wood. You'll go under a railway bridge.

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Continue on the same path once you've passed under the railway bridge, turning left through a kissing gate and across the wet meadows of Dunbridge springs.

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Cross over the level crossing. When you reach the road, cross over onto the footpath, following the signs. Be aware that at certain times of year, this field may be grazed with cattle.

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Cross Hatt Lane to go through a gate on the opposite side. Follow the path through the field, which is often grazed with sheep - please keep dogs on leads here.

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Walk along Oakley Road tracing the west boundary of Mottisfont's grounds - the famous rose gardens lie beyond these red brick walls. Turn right off the road by the marker, and follow the field across the parkland. Go through the gate at the far side and turn left onto Oakley Lane.

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Turn right off the road at the marker. Follow the track through Queensmeadow Copse and along the field boundary. Cross the road at the marker point and follow the track along the boundary to Clapgate Copse, and across fields to Great Copse.

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Walk through Great Copse and come out onto Spearywell Road. Turn left and walk up the road for a short way, turning right along the field boundary and into Spearywell Wood. Follow the pathway back through the woodland to the car park start point.

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Spearywell car park, grid ref: SU316275

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Mottisfont estate walk


The route follows grass paths, woodland tracks, rough terrain across fields and some country road walking.

Mottisfont estate walk

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Mottisfont estate walk

How to get here

Spearywell car park, Mottisfont, SO51 0LS
By train

Mottisfont & Dunbridge station is just under a mile away from point 1 on the map, Spearywell car park. You can either pick up the route here at around point 4, or, walk uphill away from the station and Mill Arms pub along the B0384, following the road until you reach Spearywell car park. This is a relatively quiet country road, but please take care.   

By road

Park at Spearywell carpark SO51 0LS, which is not far from Mottisfont itself.

By bicycle

Not far from the Test Way which runs between Romsey and Stockbridge. Turn towards Mottisfont and up Bengers Lane, then left along the B0384. Spearywell car park is ½ mile (800m) down the road.

Mottisfont estate walk

Facilities and access

  • Car parking at Spearywell car park is free for all
  • There are no toilets or café facilities on the route