Distance: 4.5 miles (7km)
Start/finish: Bolton’s Bench Forestry car park, nr SO43 7NL
Terrain: Road, grass track, trail
Toughness: Easy to moderate
Ascent: 60 metres
Navigation: Moderate
Good for: Woodland, history, wildlife
Lat Long / Grid Ref of Start: 50.8727, -1.5683 / SU3046908223

This wonderful and varied run starts on
the atmospheric White Moor, dotted with remnants of military history. It follows the old Salt Way, passing medieval earthworks and a Bronze Age barrow before emerging onto spectacular heathland, ablaze with heather and gorse in summer. The route then follows the Beaulieu River at Longwater Lawn, a trickle during the summer months that becomes a gushing watercourse in winter. From Bolton’s Bench, follow tarmac road to cemetery, turning L and following wall to reach the edge of Mallard Wood. Cross open heathland to Beaulieu River. Follow E until bridge crossing, heading S to Matley Wood. On reaching road, bear right along track to return to Lyndhurst.

Miles Km Directions
0.0 0.0 From car park follow road to cemetery, turning left and following wall to reach edge of Mallard Wood
0.7 1.2 Follow path east through Mallard Wood and out onto heathland at Longwater Lawn
1.4 2.2 Join Beaulieu River and follow this east
1.9 3.0 Cross river at bridge and head south to Matley Wood
2.3 3.7 Turn right and follow edge of wood to reach road
2.7 4.4 At road, bear right and continue west, then north westalong track to return to car park

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