Story of the Manor Farm fairy folk

A short history of the River Hamble Country Park

The River Hamble Country Park was previously called Manor Farm Country Park.

Covering an area of 400 acres, the park is a delightful mix of woodland, riverside and open space. It offers a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of the modern world.

An extensive network of trails allows easy exploration of this rich and varied part of the Hampshire countryside. There are three children’s play areas, picnic and barbecue areas and accessible toilet facilities.

The Pantry Tea Room offers a choice of refreshments. The kiosk at Barnfield opens on most summer Sundays and Bank Holidays selling ice creams and soft drinks.

Key

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    • Temporarily closed
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    • Restricted use

Directions

From Ecchinswell Village hall cross the main road, continue along the footpath to the left of the war memorial, bear right at the two wooden bridges crossing the stream, over stile, then left to the corner of the field. Follow the path straight ahead to the gravel track.

Turn left, following the track across the field; on your right is Northwood Copse, a bluebell wood. As the road passes over the stream turn left.

Left at the next sign and cross the stream, turn right and follow the footpath around the edge of the field.

Climb over stile and bridge over the steam (large house with ponds to your right) and then another stile. Keep to the right side of the field and continue to the stile in the corner and cross over.

At the road turn left and then immediately left down a wooded path. Continue straight ahead, hidden behind the oak tree is the next stile cross over. Keep to the right hand side of the field past two oak trees.

Cross the stile at the right corner of the field and then bear left for approx 20m. Turn right through the metal gate and cross the field; to your left is St Lawrence’s Church.

Go through the gate and left onto the Ecchinswell Road. After approx 300m you are back at the Village Hall.