This guided walk discovers the landscape and history of the New Forest and Lower Avon Valley south of Salisbury, near to Fordingbridge. It is led by local environmental historian Dr Hadrian Cook. An enjoyable, approximately eight mile circular walk, will include uneven ground and some climbs. The walk lasts approximately 4-5 hours and will explore the western boundary of the New Forest, the adjacent farmed landscape, the Avon floodplain including the watermeadows and associated settlement history in the valley. An annotated map with be provided on the day. A Festival of British Archaeology event.
Please bring clothing suitable for the weather and stout footwear, sun protection, drink and snacks as required. Please bring your own lunch. There will be a refreshment stop in Fordingbridge.
Location: Meet in the public car park near Abbots Well, Frogham, New Forest. Grid Ref SU 129 178. Turn off the A338 at Fordingbridge and take the B3078. Then almost immediately turn right onto Stockton Road. Continue onto Frogham Hill, go straight over the crossroads near the Forester Arms and continue onto Abbots Well Road. The Abbots Well road car park is a large gravel car park situated at the eastern end of Frogham village on the right hand side.