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Staunton Country Park

LOCALITY: Havant, Hampshire
DISTANCE: 5 miles (8.05 km)
FACILITIES: Circular route, There & back, Parking, Suitable for wheelchairs, T
oilets, Cafe

GRADIENT: A few ups & downs
OS MAP: Chichester

Walk description:

Staunton Country Park has 1,000 acres of landscaped parkland with ornamental lake, woodland and follies. The address is Middle Park Way, Havant, Hampshire, PO9 5HB

In 2006 three brand new walking trails through the Country Park were designed. The routes, of varying distances, have recently been newly laid and way marked. Each of the routes gives an insight into a different aspect of the park.

Walking trail 1 Discover our heritage
A 1.6km walk through Leigh Park gardens and around the Ornamental Lake. This trail uncovers some of Staunton's intriguing follies, taking a glance into the Estates fascinating past.

Walking trail 2: Inspirational surroundings
This trail is the beginning of the Staunton sculpture trail. This 2.2km walk takes you past the fascinating sculptures created by Anthony Rogers, as well as some of the longer standing creations, including the Beacon.

Walking trail 3: Explore our Estate
The longest of the three new trails this 5.1km route takes walkers up as far as the top lake, through woodland and meadow, to see parts of the Estate they may not event have known existed.

Additional notes:

Staunton Country Park is suitable for buggies and wheelchairs. The terrain is made up of c.ompact stone. There are a couple of steep hills, but these can be avoided if you wish

This is a lovely park to go and explore. If you wish to go and explore the trails, it is best to download the maps from the internet as they are not available from reception. They do provide a very basic photocopy copy of the grounds.

There is a very small basic cafe and toilets at the coach house and at the shop. It is worth taking a picnic.

18/08/2009 | Walk posted by cathy nettley

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