Starting and finishing at a pub, this walk is perfect for a Sunday Afternoon stroll.
From the De Havilland Arms car park, walk to the exit on the east side, away from the church and square, and towards the pine forest. Turn left when you reach the road onto the pavement.
Walk for 200 yards, passing supermarket car park to left. Cross over roundabout and continue ahead past petrol station to left. 100 yards ahead, cross over roundabout past Turners Way to left.
Just ahead, turn left at sign to Elvetham Heath Nature Reserve on to gravel path. 80 yards on with lake ahead, bear left and cross wood walkway. After 60 yards, bear right and continue with lake to right.
70 yards ahead, cross wood bridge and, 10 yards on, turn left past Nature Reserve board to right. Pass through wood kissing gate and continue ahead on gravel path with marsh to right and reed beds to left.
Cross over wood walkways and path opens out. Walk past boggy area to left
for 70 yards and pass through wood kissing gate ahead. Turn left on to tarmac path and 20 yards ahead, turn right through wood kissing gate .
Follow gravel path for 120 yards and it curves to right with the M3 100 yards to left. Ignore path forking to right and continue ahead through conifers for 40 yards. 100 yards ahead, turn left at intersection and follow grass track for 150 yards. Track curves to right. Continue ahead for 70 yards with M3 to left and bear left past metal fenced area (see assist). 60 yards on, track bends
to right. Follow round with high wood fence to left.
After 80 yards, bear right and continue ahead with small wood fence to left. 120 yards on, walk through trees and turn right on to gravel path. Follow through trees for 160 yards and cross wood walkway for 50 yards. Path opens up to left then 70 yards ahead, turn left at intersection.
130 yards on, pass through wood kissing gate to left of wood gates and turn right on to tarmac path.
Walk past play area and houses to left for 170 yards then turn left on to gravel track. Follow past birches, conifers and rhododendrons for 280 yards and track curves gently to right.
Continue for 150 yards then pass houses and gardens immediately to left. 100 yards on, with lake ahead, bear left and walk on gravel path past lake to right. 80 yards on, ignore path to left and continue
ahead retracing your steps through gardens for 130 yards back to the roundabout. Bear right and cross straight over passing Turners Way to right. Walk ahead past petrol station and continue over roundabout. Pass supermarket car park to right.
It’s just 100 yards backto the De Havilland Arms
Fleet Pond is the largest fresh water lake in Hampshire and the nature reserve has 54.6 hectares (135 acres) of varied habitats for the enjoyment of the local community and visitors.
Explore the reserve with our three fantastic walks.