The Brenda Parker Way is a 78 mile route from Aldershot in North East Hampshire, winding through the major towns of Fleet, Hook, Tadley and Highclere to its end in Andover, West Hampshire.
This short 8 mile section of the route travels from Fleet to Winchfield via Hartley Wintney. If you wish to see other parts of the route, go to
On the route, follow the purple waymarkers as shown right. Some parts of the route cover private land and may be closed to walkers - please follow these restrictions if necessary.
Fleet to Hartley Wintney
From the entrance to Fleet railway station and the bus stop outside on the south side of the railway, turn left and cross the car park towards the office block. Follow the south side of the car park and look for the brick wall of the bridge covering the pond which may be hidden behind parked cars. At the end of the wall take the narrow steps down to the edge of Fleet Pond and turn left along the path roughly parallel to the railway. Take the blue, yellow and red marked path beside the railway as it leaves the pond, continue past a concrete surfaced car park, and along its access track and cross over Bramshot Bridge.
Turn right along the verge of the A3013 Fleet Road and cross opposite the footpath and follow this beside a wooden fence to re-enter the Aldershot and Minley Training Area. At the end of the copse turn left along a track, past a house and warehouse, across the heath to the edge of a wood by a stream. The track turns sharp left here beside fields grazed by animals, continuing to reach a T junction. The left turn takes you to the Ancells Business Park, turn right to cross the M3. Keep straight on along the track, crossing two streams close together, to reach a bridleway crossing the track before passing under some electricity cables running between some pylons.
Turn left along the bridleway. Leave the MoD Managed Access land at the B3013 road at its junction with Blackbushes Road. Carefully cross the road and follow the verge beside Blackbushes Road as far as the first minor road turning on the left sign-posted toWinchfield. Both roads can be busy, so proceed with care. Take the first track to the right, with a “no through road” sign, towards Turner’s Green Farm, change to map 144. Just after crossing a stream, pass in front of a cottage to a footpath signpost and a footbridge. At a footpath junction, take the right fork, cross another footbridge and bear right at a waymark post. Continue towards another footpath junction at Word Hill Farm barn. Turn left at the barn along a grassy track and at the end of a wood the footpath turns right for a short way following a field edge and then turns left to continue along a field edge with a hedge and fence on the left to reach Home Farm Road at Bakers Bridge Cottage. Turn right along the road and just after the Elvetham Estate Office with its clock tower and dovecotes go left on to a footpath along a track, keep the farm buildings on your left. The grassy track continues to a footpath junction before a wood, take the left turning reaching the bank of the River Hart and over the footbridge and then left along the other side before turning west to reach Hartley Wintney Golf Course. Follow the footpath and after a shaded track beside a ditch turn sharp left, and passing on the left an avenue of Wellingtonia trees leading to Elvetham Hall. Keep going to leave the golf course round a left corner to emerge on a road opposite Causeway Pond on the edge of Hartley Wintney.
Turn right at the road and left across the front of the pond by a seat and then continue onto Hartley Wintney Common by a path through the oak trees. Cross the minor road and keep to the path with the ditch on the left, or walk along the road. The Cricketers Inn is on the right and the Cricket Pavilion on the left, and the route briefly follows the Three Castles Path.
Hartley Wintney to Winchfield
At the T junction with the next minor road go straight across the Common following the main path, with the ditch now to the right. Keep to the left fork of the path to join a tarmac path leading to the pedestrian crossing opposite St John's Church. Cross over the A323 Fleet Road and turn right then left into Green Lane, which lies along the route taken by King John from Odiham Castle to Runnymede to sign the Magna Carta. Keep going along Green Lane and just past Oldfield View fork left away from the metalled road onto the track in front, then cross Church View and along Mitchell Avenue to Dilly Lane. Go straight over to resume on the old road, here now called King John’s Ride, along a wide track.
There is new development to the left; after the track has curved right almost within sight of the B3016, take a footpath on the left going east between trees and a wooden fence. Continue to the top and descend to the road at North Cottage, Taplin’s Farm. Turn right along the road as far as the house on the next corner to a footpath on the right that meets the Three Castles Path again. Follow the path and then left along a track that leads past a barn and antenna mast to cross back over the M3 down to two gates beside each other at the end of a concrete drive. Pass beside the left gate along a grassy track and over a stream, keep straight on with the trees on the right to reach a gap on to the road at a corner with the railway above.
Leave the Three Castles Path and turn right and go carefully along the road to The Winchfield Inn on the right, then continue to cross to the railway station with its tiled mural inside or to reach the bus stop continue up to the B3016 road. Winchfield is a scattered rural community centred around Winchfield railway station.
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.