Explore the Mottisfont estate
Explore 1,600 acres of wildlife-rich countryside on the Mottisfont estate and the south-west Hampshire countryside sites of Stockbridge Down, Stockbridge Marsh and Curbridge Nature Reserve that we also care for.
Walking on the wider estate
Discover the diverse countryside around Mottisfont on this varied, 6-mile walk through ancient woodlands, historic farmland and Mottisfont village.
The River Test
The River Test is a fantastic example of a chalk stream - one of only around 200 in the world. You can follow pathways beside the river as it flows through Mottisfont's grounds.
The water filters through the surrounding chalk landscape before entering the river through springs. This gives it pure, clean water that maintains relatively stable temperatures and flow rates, an ideal habitat for wild trout and salmon.
Visiting the wider estate with your dog
Dogs are welcome on our south-west Hampshire countryside sites, although please be mindful that these are wildlife conservation areas, and will also often have grazing livestock.
Find out more about visiting our south-west Hampshire countryside sites with dogs, including licence information for professional dog walkers.
Cycling at Spearywell Woods
Visit Spearywell Woods to explore the Mottisfont estate cycle paths at your own pace. These cycle routes have been designed to link together, offering you a choice of distance and duration. The paths are specifically aimed at family-friendly fun, so the routes can accommodate all ages.
Most of the paths are off road. The terrain is mostly flat, although you will find the occasional hill which can be physically demanding. Mountain bikes are advised. There are cafés at nearby Mottisfont if you need to refresh yourself with a snack afterwards.
This colour-coded circular route has been developed especially with families in mind and is entirely off road. Take in the coniferous plantations and spectacular beech woodland as you cycle through.
The route starts at Spearywell car park and is approximately 2km long.
Take your time and explore scenic landscapes, including farm and woodland in a village setting.
Colour-coded for guidance, this route involves varied terrain, including gravel tracks and some on road cycling. Starting at Keepers car park, the route is approximately 4km long.
Explore the south-west Hampshire countryside
The National Trust also looks after three countryside sites further afield in south-west Hampshire which provide key wildlife habitats as well as wonderful walks year round.
- Curbridge Nature Reserve
- Curbridge Nature Reserve is an ancient woodland that runs alongside the River Hamble. Mature and veteran oaks and ash, with an understorey of hazel coppice, holly and wild service trees provide habitats for birds, butterflies and key endangered species.Find out more about Curbridge Nature Reserve
- Stockbridge Down
- You can find breath-taking views and spot a variety of wildlife at Stockbridge Down, including over 40 species of butterfly. Possessing the remains of an Iron Age hillfort, earthworks and Bronze Age burial mounds, this is also a site of importance for archaeology, as well as nature conservation.Find out more about Stockbridge Down
- Stockbridge Marsh
- A rich wetland habitat situated just behind the High Street of Stockbridge, Stockbridge Marsh is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). It lies within the peaty river valley of the River Test and has Marsh Court stream, a tributary of the Test, running along its western boundary.Find out more about Stockbridge Marsh
Leave no trace
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.
Discover the beautiful, diverse Mottisfont estate on a varied circular walk through ancient woodlands, historic farmland and Mottisfont village.
Explore some of the finest landscapes in our care on coastal paths, accessible trails, woodland walks and everything in between. Find the best places to walk near you.
Our work managing Mottisfont’s river and woodlands aims to create a wildlife-rich habitat, find out more about how we care for the estate.
Enjoy every season at Mottisfont, with its ancient trees and babbling brooks, from rich autumn foliage and the scented Winter Garden, to spring bulbs and, of course, the world-famous Rose Garden.
From activity trails in the garden to playing pooh sticks on the bridge, there's something for every young explorer to do at Mottisfont.
Plan a visit to one of the special countryside places in our care and discover the benefits of being in the great outdoors. Pack your walking boots and get ready to explore woodlands, valleys and rivers.