Route ID: 759096

St Catherine's Hill To Ramsdown Plantation

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    1 year ago

    Starts near Christchurch, GBSEARCH NEARBY
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    6.055 miles
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    442 ft | 442 ft 
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    About

    Starting at BH23 2SQ near Suffolk Avenue/Hampshire Close (free street parking) this walk takes in the lower edges of St Catherine's Hill in Christchurch and climbs to the summit of Ramsdown Hill for distant views over Bournemouth and out to sea.

    Muddy when wet.

    Initially follow the old railway line along Dudmoor Lane (private road, but OK for walkers) before turning on to the heathland of St Catherine's Hill.

    At Blackwater, there is a need to cross the A338 safely by path, before entering the Ramsdown Plantation. Scale the 80 steps to the top and enjoy the views on a clear day, before taking a gentler descent, returning to Blackwater.

    On the return leg, St Catherine's Hill is accessed from Hillside Drive and the lower south western edge of the hill is navigated through the trees.

    There is a cafe on Fairmile Rd junction of Suffolk Ave, or a Co-op opposite near the fish and chip shop - lots of options!

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