Godshill, near Fordingbridge in the far west of the New Forest, is a perfect example of a small rural Hampshire village. It’s an ideal setting for an autumn afternoon stroll.
This short walk takes in Godshill village, before entering into unspoilt countryside with beautiful views of the River Avon, skirting the famous holiday resort of Sandy Balls and the site of Frankenbury Hill Fort. Keep an eye out for New Forest ponies who graze many parts of the route.
From the Godshill cricket pitch car park, walk towards the Fighting Cocks pub and take the first right. Walk 150 yards past the village hall and take the footpath on the left (stile). Follow the path to the end of the field and then turn right descending to a stile. Follow the path through a copse, across a gravel track and continue on until you reach a metal gate. Turn left and follow the footpath signs (stream on your right), crossing stiles and eventually a bridge. After this, walk between hedges to reach two cottages. Follow the route along the edge of the road descending down eventually to a cattle grid (gate and stile). Continue along, passing buildings and a yard, taking the second path on the left.
Follow this; then take the footpath on the right through woodland to reach a stile into a field ahead. Cross the stile and bear left across the corner of the field following the fence on the left for 50 yards to a stile into woodland. Proceed uphill on the gravel track. Ignore path and stile to the left and bear right continuing on gravel track. Follow the path past the phone mast.
Bear slightly left on main track and go through a gateway. Take stile on the left into field and follow field edge to another stile exiting onto a hedged path. Turn right and keep straight ahead into another field. Follow hedge on left through a kissing gate and turn right to follow field edge to reach road. Turn right and walk up the road. At Fighting Cocks pub turn left to return to the car park.