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Belted Galloway cattle grazing on the heath - I believe they do well on this sort of rough grazing
Belted Galloway cattle grazing on the heath - I believe they do well on this sort of rough grazing

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Route No.228 Thursday - 4 October 2007
Telegraph Hill car park, Amberwood Inclosure,
Fritham circuit - 8 km
The New Forest, Hampshire . . .

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Ponies grazing near Telegraph Hill car park
Ponies grazing near Telegraph Hill car park

We set off in a south westerly direction on a track across the heath with the woodland on our left for about 3.5 km to the edge of Amberwood Inclosure at map ref. SU208142

This would be our last day for a walk before driving home on Friday. We drove a few kilometre down the road to the car park at Telegraph Hill, map ref. SU229166.

Dewy cobwebs on the gorse
Dewy cobwebs on the gorse

Dewy cobweb on the gorse
Dewy cobweb on the gorse
Heading across the heath towards the Amberwood Inclosure
Heading across the heath towards the Amberwood Inclosure
Bee hives brought here to harvest the heather honey
Bee hives brought here to harvest the heather honey

Stack of heather bales
Stack of heather bales

Heading through the forest towards Fritham
Heading through the forest towards Fritham

We turned right to follow the track through the woods for about a kilometre to edge of the wood at map ref. SU223142 where there are some open fields to the left. We continued along the track to the road at map ref. SU231142.

One of my favourite trees - a huge Scots Pine against a lovely blue sky
One of my favourite trees - a huge Scots Pine against a lovely blue sky

Heading through the forest towards Fritham
Heading through the forest towards Fritham
A stream winding its way through the forest
A stream winding its way through the forest
Count the annual growth rings on this 34 year old conifer
Count the annual growth rings on this 34 year old conifer
Stack of sawn logs by the forest track
Stack of sawn logs by the forest track

Just to the side of the track at map ref. SU231142 there is a black letter box with an information board next to it which I have reproduce opposite.

The Powder Mill post box
The Powder Mill post box

From here it was only about 150m to the Royal Oak pub at Fritham. We sat at a picnic table in their beer garden for a very pleasant half an hour.

Beer garden at The Royal Oak in Fritham
Beer garden at The Royal Oak in Fritham
Irons Well pond - this is iron rich or chalybeate water
Irons Well pond - this is iron rich or chalybeate water

Returning across the heath to Telegraph Hill
Returning across the heath to Telegraph Hill

At map ref. SU231149 we turned left off the track to follow a path across the heathheading roughly north for almost 2 km back to the car park at Telegraph Hill. The route had been 8 km and at my decrepit pace it had taken us over four hours including our stop at the Royal Oak in Fritham.

After our break we retraced our steps to the old powder mill post box and continued along the road for another 600m to a very pretty pond called Irons Well. At the pond we turned right off the road to follow a track through some woodland and out into some more open heath.

Resting by a stream on the way back to Telegraph Hill
Resting by a stream on the way back to Telegraph Hill