Stagger up Stagbury
Stagger up Stagbury
Dogs need to be kept on a lead or under close control during ground nesting bird season (March – July). Livestock present - Take care, and keep your distance - Avoid getting between animals and their young - Please keep your dog on a short lead - If cattle or ponies approach please let your dog off the lead
From the car park, head up the hill on the well-made track through the trees towards the boundary fence to Foxbury. Turn right and continue to follow the fence line, keeping it on your left and heading south.
This area gets very wet so you will often have to branch out to the right to find dryer ground in tree cover, and sleeper bridges to cross ditches.
Continue to follow the fence line, ignoring the footpath to your left at spignals gate. You will slowly start to go up towards Duck Hill ahead of you.
On reaching the summit of Duck Hill, continue over the other side and veer right to pick up a path that joins a boardwalk through the trees and over the bog. The path quickly joins a forked gravel track. Take a left here to reach the road at the base of Crock Hill.
Turn right and carefully follow the road uphill - there are good sightlines ahead and plenty of verges to walk in. After 500 metres, take a path that veers off to the left, heading towards Stagbury Hill. Keep left to join paths that make their way past ponds.
On reaching Stagbury Hill, spend a while next to the trig point taking in the 365 degree views of the surrounding commons: Cadnam, Furzley and Penn Commons. Then continue on in the same direction down the other side and follow an obvious path through the gorse bushes to reach another road. Turn right to reach a crossroads.
Stagbury Hill is the site of a Bronze Age burial cemetery, and has two other burial mounds surrounding it.
Turn left at the crossroads and follow the road until you reach a gateway on your right with a sign for ‘Shade Pond’. Go through and continue to skirt the right-hand boundary of the common, until reaching the road once more.
Turn left and follow the road until an obvious fingerpost pointing left sends you back onto Half Moon Common on the other side of the road. Take this footpath and take a sharp left to make your way through the mass of trees known as Half Moon clump. From here, pick your way across the common back towards the car park, walking parallel with the road on you left. There are no obvious paths and some areas can get very wet, but it is passable if you pick your way carefully.
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