Somerton Strolls Walk 10 – Blacks Moor Hill and Knole

Distance: 10.8km/6.7m

Across Radio Station Hill to Knole Hill with excellent views to the south

A gentle walk but can be muddy en route to Knole Hill

Leave car park and turn L over the railway bridge and immediately R (SP Public Footpath). Follow this lane downhill and just beyond a sharp left bend, go through a gate and along path at side of field. At end of field take steep steps down to road and turn L. Pass Bedlands Gate Farm and continue for 0.6Km to cross-roads. Continue ahead past the site of the old radio station (one remaining building can be seen over to the right) and after 1.3Km reach a junction at Trout Cottage. Bear R and after 100m climb over a metal gate on the right and cross the field aiming slightly L of the lone small tree. When the hedge is reached, turn L and in a few metres locate a gap and stile on the right. Follow a track ahead bearing right then left through the bushes to reach a stile. Cross and turn L along a tarmac road and after 200m reach a cross roads with the busy A372. Go straight across (SP Bineham) and after 0.6Km at Bineham Court proceed ahead (No through road sign) for 250m to reach a gate on the R opposite Little Bineham. Go through the gate (SP Stonemead Lane) and bear slightly R to a stile and a second gate. Continue ahead past a line of trees and follow the waymarks eventually aiming for the tower of Long Sutton church. At the final stile bear R to pass a pond and follow with a stream on the L. Cross the stream by the pumping station and turn L along a tarmac road, which becomes a muddy track. After 600m where the track bears sharply L, go ahead through the right-hand of two metal gates to follow a grassy enclosed track. After 75m go R over a sleeper bridge and stile (SP Knole). Follow the left hand hedge to reach a double stile. Cross over and bear slightly R aiming for a clump of trees at the top of Knole Hill. Turn R to pass through two gates and proceed ahead to a flagpole from where there is a wide view to the south. Continue ahead for a few yards then turn L to descend steeply along a shallow valley to reach a metal kissing gate leading to a short enclosed path to emerge at a road. Continue straight ahead and bear L by The Manor to reach a small bridge after 300m, then as the road bears L go ahead through a metal gate (SP A372) following a clear path aiming for a wooden fence to the right of the Lime Kiln Inn. Climb over the gate and cross the road into a track (SP Public Footpath) and at the end of the track, at Appledore Barn, continue ahead with a new hedge on the left to reach an enclosed path between two hedges. Continue for 0.5 Km and when the path emerges into a field follow the left hand boundary to a stile, and then bear slightly R to reach a hedge gap. Proceed ahead getting closer to the right hand boundary and cross another stile to reach a gate and stile at a road. Turn R and walk with care along the road with views to Somerton and the Hood Monument ahead. Bear R with the road and where it bears L, go ahead (7.5t weight restriction). At the cross-roads at Badgers Cross turn L and follow to a T-junction and turn R going over the railway bridge and along Sutton Road to reach The Triangle. Continue ahead for 100m to the car park on the left.

Updated June 2015

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