We are members of The National Trust and this has given us the opportunity to explore some really lovely places. A National Trust cream tea is very tasty! Although hidden within these big properties are small little gems to explore.
Stockbridge Down was one of them. We visited Stockbridge Marsh a few weeks ago for a very wet puddly walk but the kids loved it. This time we went upwards! Stockbridge Down is in-between Stockbridge and Winchester. On the main road leading into Stockbridge and on much higher grown. As you can see from this months Me and Mine photo, the views were stunning. Even the dog thought so!
Stockbridge Down is easy to find, just look out for the car park on the main road.
The car park is over the road, which is a very fast straight road so be aware of this. You need to cross over and go through this gate. You then head straight ahead and up the hills.
The higher you go the more of the view you will get. We went on a cloudy day, but imagine this in the summer with blue skies and sunshine. You would see for miles.
Keep going up to the top of the hill and just around a clump of bushes to the left you will see a wooden bench. We had a little drink and snack looking out over the view.
You follow the path straight past this, running around the fence line on the left hand side of you. Follow it around to a fort style area with hills and more views!
Drop down the hill, following it around and down to the left side. Going through some over grown areas and keep following the path. This takes you around in one big circular route, so keep that in your mind.
Stockbridge Down is a lovely open walk which is good for kids to do. It gives them lots of hills to run up and down, and views to look out over. We visited in January and there wasn’t any animals around to worry about.