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Holly Hill Self Guided Walk 

Duration: 50 mins - 1hr 20 mins.

Parking: Holly Hill Car Park, Barnes Lane.

Accessibility: Gravel paths and some steep slopes.

Comments: Map for site available, some slopes involved.

The walk

Enter the Park through the kissing gate from the car park. Follow the path down the slope until you reach a track cutting across.

Turn right here and follow this track until you reach the lakes. Turn right off the main path just before you get to the wooden bridge and follow this path right around the edge of the lakes, always keeping the lakes to your left.

Once you have reached the opposite side of the lakes, continue on this path around the lakes, past the rocky grotto. At the southern end of the lakes this path will take you across a wooden bridge past some small waterfalls. (Short cut: Follow the path to the left around the lakes. There will be a turning, past a seat made from a tree trunk, on your right. Follow this up, straight over where the track intersects, to the car park).

At the end of the bridge take a turning to the right through some wooden barriers. Follow this path along until, just before the path goes near habitation again, you reach, on your right, a viewing platform across the River Hamble.

From the viewing platform, head directly away from the Hamble, past some fencing, until you reach a turning to the left, with a metal sign for Holly Hill. This will take you on a track along the top of the site. Continue some way along this. You will pass a metal barrier, but stay within the Park, following the path to the right down and back up a dip when it forks.

You will pass another car park on your right - continue along the path you are on, veering away from the small car park. You will pass the Sunken Garden, backed by a house, on your right. Take the path that runs up along the left side of the garden. This path will curve around back to the beginning of your walk.

Take a right hand turn at the end of the path and you will see the kissing gate to the car park.

Travel directions

From M27 junction 9, follow signs for the A27. You will quickly reach a large roundabout with turnings for the A27. Take the turning for A27 West, heading towards Park Gate. Go straight across three roundabouts - you should now be on the section of the A27 known as Bridge Road, heading towards Southampton. Take the third left hand turning into Barnes Lane and follow this road until you reach traffic lights. For the main car park for Holly Hill, take the right hand turn just past this crossing.

Nearest Refreshments

The Bold Forester, Bridge Road (A27); From Barnes Lane, turn right onto the A27. It is on the left hand side of the road.

An image of the water at holly hill

An image of the water at holly hill


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