Walks and Nature

The yurts have OS maps in them which you can borrow to plan your walks.

Walks

Walk straight from your yurt into the Hampshire countryside

The Adhurst Circular Walk takes in the village of Sheet and The Queens Head as well as The Harrow in Steep. The Harrow was Unspoilt Pub of the Year 2008. (Children are only allowed in the garden as it’s tiny inside. Cash/ cheque only.) The food is mainly local produce and we recommend the roast beef sandwiches, soups and Scotch eggs.

In the village of Sheet you will find the Queens Head where you can have a hot meal in charming surroundings.

From the Harrow Inn you can pick up Hangers’ Way which passes through Selborne, Steep and Petersfield and beyond if you’re up for more. Pubs include The Pub With No Name and the Hawkley Inn. This walk is highly recommended – click here for map. We can arrange car transport for walkers to the Pub With No Name.

Durleighmarsh Farm has a wonderful shop attached to their pick-your-own fields, and a tearoom (closed Sunday afternoons and Mondays). For what’s in season click here or at www.durleighmarshfarmshop.co.uk. The crisp asparagus is highly recommended and works very well on the bbq with drizzled olive oil and lemon. If you visit Durleighmarsh between 11 and 2pm on Wednesdays or Saturdays you’ll catch the visiting fishmonger and can bring back a nice whole fish to bbq or even seafood kebabs. Details of this walk will be inside your yurt.

This walk bypasses the town and goes through a bit of residential, taking in the villages of Sheet and Steep.  The Cricketers Inn has a proper pizza oven and an elegant yet casual interior.  It is now under new management and is well worth the walk.  The details of this walk are in your yurt.

Download route here (xx) and walk from yurts to the church in STEEP which adds a further 20 minutes to this 2.5 hr walk

Simply follow the Serpent Trail way-marker discs to explore some of the most breathtaking countryside in the South East. Stage 4 and Stage 16 are both easy reach from Adhurst and highly recommended. Guides can be found on the South Downs National Park Website.

The backbone of the South Downs, and a National Trail.  Access from Harting Down, highest point at Butser Hill.

We can customise any routes that interest you and can organise transport to and from walks if you plan slightly in advance

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Nature

Being in the woods the wildlife is on your doorstep

Bird Watching with Guide – Every month for many years now we conduct a bird survey at Adhurst. Our local ornithologist, who arrives by pushbike, will take you on a guided tour and answer all your questions about the many birds here. Arrangements for a guided walk must be made in advance of arrival usually. If it rains on the day the walk can be cancelled at the last minute. Available in the spring when the birds are building their nests. Not much good in high summer when the baby birds have flown the nests!

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Birds

  • Kingfishers, Herons, Egrets and Mandarin Duck
  • Green and Greater Spotted Woodpeckers
  • Buzzards, Sparrowhawks, Kestrels and Red Kites
  • Black Caps, Chiffchaffs, Goldcrests, Nuthatches, Jays, Bullfinch, and Treecreepers
  • Firecrests, Marsh Tits, Song Thrush and Siskins
  • Owls and bats
  • Pheasant, Woodcock and Ravens
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Wild Mammals

  • roe deer and muntjac
  • badgers and otters
  • rabbits and foxes
  • dormice (not the sort the Romans ate)
  • rare-breed Wiltshire Horn sheep, and horses

Winged Insects

Watch out for the Beautiful Demoiselle dragonfly in June and the Purple Hairstreak Butterfly in July and the Cinnabar and the Pale Tussock.

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Fish

  • wild trout
  • bullhead (Miller’s Thumb)
  • Brook Lamprey
  • eels

A day licence to fish is only available to yurt guests (please ask)

Fly fishing/catch-and-release – A rod licence is required and can be purchased on-line or from the post office in Petersfield. Wading is recommended. Upstream dry fly or nymph tactics

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Fungi and moss of many descriptions

Amongst the ferns, primroses, foxgloves, bluebells and snowdrops are also King Alfred’s Cakes and Witch’s Butter …

Trees

Adhurst Wood is one of the largest Ancient Woods in Hampshire and Sussex

Natives – oak, beech, birch, alder, hornbeam, hazel, yew, Scots pine, Douglas fir, larch, walnut etc and some non-natives like Giant Redwoods and Monkey Puzzles