Still using the old railway line, the path passes through Stockbridge Common - a quiet world of reedbeds and waterfowl.
Here, beside the water, the Clarendon Way (which stretches from Winchester to Salisbury) crosses the valley just before you reach the ancient crossing point of Horsebridge.
Pass the John of Gaunt pub before continuing past one of the few remaining old railway stations (now privately owned).
On to Lower Brook, cross the meadows and finish this section on grass tracks at the famous Mottisfont Abbey, a National Trust property whose walled kitchen garden holds the national collection of old-fashioned roses.
Distances 5½ miles, 3-4 hours