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The 'View The Land' walk was inspired by a song of the same name by Hampshire folk song writer, arranger and singer Sarah Morgan.
Bright in the sky the kestrel's flight
Above ploughed fields where through the soil the chalk shows white
Across the downland slope where beechwood hangers stand
Come walk with me and view the land...
It is a walk of approximately five miles starting at East Worldham from where it travels south along the edge of Warner's Hanger for about a mile, before turning south-west towards Hartley Mauditt.
Hartley Mauditt is named after William de Mauditt, a knight of William the Conquer, who built a Manor House here. In the 16th
century it was owned by the family of John of Gaunt until it was bought by the Stuart family in 1614. In 1798, the owner decided
that he would rather live in London, but his wife refused to move, so he had the house demolished, forcing her to move with him. After they left there was very little employment in the area and the village was abandoned. Today, only the small church of St Leonard's still stands, alone, near what was once the village pond. Beneath the fields, to the west of the church, lie the remains of an even older medieval village.
The walk then turns eastwards around the edge of a field above a sunken lane. Then there is a short walk along a quiet road as the walk drops down off the hanger, before following the Hangers Way north, back to East Worldham. On the way it passes the distinctive, conically shaped St John's Hill, which is thought to have been the site of an Iron Age settlement and also where King John once built a hunting lodge.
There are sixteen caches along the walk, plus one Bonus Cache at the end. Be sure to pick up the clues to the bonus cache along the way.
It is strongly recommended that you take a copy of the Explorer 133 'Haslemere and Petersfield' (1:25k) OS map with you and stick to the designated footpaths and bridleways.
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