23 May A walk with woodlands and coastal cliffs
Chilling Coastal Area has short, medium and longer walks, stunning beaches and, in the spring, a quiet calm and expanse of bluebells and wild garlic which transform the woodland areas into a feast for the senses.
There are three woodlands in the Coastal Area, Chilling Copse, Thatchers Copse and Brownwich Valley. They can be used for walking, cycling or for horse-riding. You can find it on the Hampshire County Council website.
South Sensation follower, Becky Hiscock sent us some stunning photos she took on the walk. If you’re not following her on social media, her posts are definitely worth a look.
Beccy took the walk from Chilling Barn Farm, Chilling Lane nr Titchfield in Hampshire. This walk can be as short or as long as you like. You could take an amble following the tracks or walk the further three or so miles on to Meon Shore and beyond. Some of the surrounding land is owned by the farms so you need to be mindful of that.
“A colleague of mine had told me about this Bluebell location, so, with a break in the weather, I made an impromptu decision to head out with my camera and find it while the sun was shining. I wasn’t disappointed,” explains Beccy.
“From the car park you can follow a gravel path through a canopy of trees to the woodland where the Bluebells are. In these serene and calming surroundings, the smell of the bluebells and wild garlic, a sea of white and blue, was amazing, just so pretty.
“You can carry on further round, or instead take the gravel track that goes off to the right from the car park, but either way brings you to the clifftops of Chilling Beach with stunning views of the Solent and the Isle of Wight.
“Then you have the option to head back or walk along the beach or clifftops to Meon Shore and then on to Hill Head and Lee-on-Solent Beaches.
“This is a walk that would be special at any time of year, dog and child-friendly. But in May, when the bluebells and wild garlic are in season, it’s very special.”
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