Limebrook Farm Livery Yard
Thrift Wood and Bicknacre - 2 hours
This is just over 2 hours and could be combined with the Cock Clarks or Purleigh routes on the return journey.
Leave Limebrook via the back gate and you can canter the length of the track until it reaches the tarmac section at the top.
Continue until you reach the road (be careful going either side of the gate at the end)
Continue along Lodge Road passing the 'New field' and the 'Livery field' on your left
Take the right hand fork in the road and continue over the hill until you reach Hazeleigh crossroads - be aware that the down hill bits of the road are quite slippery even when dry.
Continue along Leighams Road and just after you pass Bicknacre Kennels on your right, turn right onto the bridleway.
On your left is Broughton Bloodstock and at the right time of year many mares and foals can be seen in the paddocks.
The bridleway is wide and grassy, but take it easy otherwise you could wind up the young stock and have lots of fun!
At the top of the bridleway, you will see an entrance to a play area on your right and a track to your left. Take the left hand track and turn right at the end.
You will find yourself in the middle of a housing estate, donít worry many horses pass this way over a weekend.
Follow the road down until you find a junction on the right and turn into Brockenhurst Way.
After three houses, you will find a left turn into Lyndhurst Way, turn left !
At the end of Lyndhurst Way, turn right and you will reach another T junction onto the main road.
Turn right at this junction and then look for a track on the left. This track will take you back to the crossroads in the middle of thrift wood.
At the crossroads, turn left and you now have the delights of the long track with a gentle uphill gradient to canter.
At the top of the track carefully turn right back into Slough lane and follow this back across to the Cock Clarks road.
You now have the choice of turning right into Cock Clarks and visiting the Fox and Hounds pub, or continuing straight back to Hazeleigh cross roads where you can cross straight over the Purleigh Road and retrace your steps over the hill and back past the livery field back to the farm. - Be aware that the down hill bits of the road are quite slippery even when dry.
Go straight across the crossroads (actually right then left) passing Hazeleigh Garage on your left.
Follow this along until you reach Chimney Pot Lane on your left. If you don't fancy the pub turn left.
Continue until you reach another crossroads and cross the Cock Clarks road into Slough Lane.
At the end of Slough Lane, you will arrive at a T junction on a sharp bend. This is the Oak Corner to Bicknacre Road and can be quite busy.
Turn left and almost immediately take the wide track on your left (before you pass the first house)
This track is about 1/2 mile long and slopes gently down hill. The first section can be a bit sticky if it's been wet, but the second half is firm and always good for a gentle downhill canter.
You will come to a crossroads in the middle of the woods, go straight on with care as the track stops after about 200 yards at the edge of the road.
Upon reaching the road, turn left and then right into Leighams road. (The junction is just before a bend, so take care when crossing)