A walk of just under 3 miles. The route crosses over Castle Hill and follows Millersford Brook out into the open Forest. There’s a scramble back up to Lady’s Mile and a return through Godshill Inclosure.
Godshill Wood is a small, dispersed hamlet stretched out along the fertile soils either side of Millersford Brook. It takes its name from a wood that was present before the development of Godshill Inclosure. Overlooking the valley are Frankenbury and Castle Hill: two Iron Age hillforts, demonstrating that people have lived and farmed in the area for at least 2000 years. The area is criss-crossed by footpaths, a remnant of its more recent agricultural past.
Walk Start and End
|Junction of Castle Hill and Godshill roads. Take the road over Castle Hill and down to Folds Farm.|
|Folds Farm junction||Continue round to the left on the road past the turning to Folds Farm.|
|Arden Lodge||Leave the road, taking the track on the right past Arden Lodge.|
|Brook Cottage||Continue past Brook Cottage, taking the footbridge to the right.|
|Footpath||Continue on the footpath into a field with the brook on your left side.|
|Footbridge||Just as you get under the power lines, bear left, crossing the brook over a footbridge. Follow the brook through the field.|
|Track||Cross a track and take a stile into another field. Follow the hedge to the left and, keeping to the margins of the field, continue to the road.|
|Ford||Cross the road and take the track opposite.|
|Open Forest||At the end of the track, continue onto the open Forest keeping close to the fence-line.|
|Scramble!||At the end of the fenceline take the path up the hill to the left. Bear left towards the car park.|
|Godshill Inclosure||Go through the gate at the right-hand side of the car park.|
|Cycle track||Cross over the cycle track to the footpath opposite. Within a few metres, bear left as the footpath forks.|
|Road||Turn right through the gate and continue to the starting point.|