Challenging, 4,531 steps
Approx one hour
Park at Whitesheet car park, which is free.
Leave the car park near the information board and take the lower path to the heathland, once through the gate, follow the path and bear right. There are many gorse bushes and if you’re lucky you may see or hear a Dartford warbler.
At the first junction there are options and we took a right turn and followed a track that eventually led to a gate and small stream. We took the path straight ahead. We could have turned right, or left and walked down to a pretty pond, but it was too muddy. My husband heroically attempted the route and fell into a ditch. It was definitely the straight-ahead path that won the day. Not far up the incline was a right turn, which we took and kept to, taking a left fork back to the car park. This circular route was occasionally muddy, but nothing we couldn’t negotiate apart from the ‘off piste’ ditch debacle. There was a steep incline before we reached to the car park.
The following weekend (on Mother’s Day) we took a different route to begin with, (the higher of the two paths at the board) and once through the gate by the stream we turned sharp right. There was less of an incline at the end this walk and we totted up some 6,000 steps, so overall we got a bit more exercise and it took about half an hour longer.
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