This series is located just south of Basingstoke in Hampshire and comprises of 21 caches with another 6 along the route. The series starts on the hilltop above the village of Cliddesden beside the school that seems to be set in the middle of nowhere. I did the series in the school holidays so there were plenty of parking places outside of the school and therefore I would expect that to be the case at weekends.
The trail leaves the car park along a narrow footpath taking up further up the hill and offering views of Basingstoke town in the distance as you walk along it. A short detour at Farleigh Wallop provides an additional cache opposite St. Andrew’s Church.
From Farleigh Wallop, there is chance to take in another fine view across the Hampshire countryside before beginning your descent along a stoney byway. As you walk through Home Farm at the end of the track you will probably do so without realising that behind one of the ordinary looking buildings is a barn that dates back to 1574.
Next you pass by lovely thatched cottage at Bedlam Bottom, before turning steeply up hill through pasture land and briefly through a section Bedlam Plantation. Then and easy down hill walk across farmland will bring you Ellisfield, where you will find the Fox House Inn which welcomes walkers and well behaved dogs. By this point you will be halfway around the series so a good place to stop for a rest perhaps?
The trail turns northwards and behinds heading back, firstly passing St Martin’s church at Ellisfield, where this is an simple church micro multi-cache to be found before taking the very muddy “Alley Lane” along the Three Castles Path (National Trail).
You will follow the Three Castles Path all the way to Winslade where a short, sharp climb up brings you onto the dismantled Basingstoke to Alton Light Railway which you follow a short way until Swallick Cottages. From here is a short walk back to Cliddesden school, along a byway up onto Pidden Hill where there were some great views to finish the walk.
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