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Abbotstone Wood is having a great 2014.
You can look forward to hot showers and clean toilets and more toilets and a woodland shower dotted around the site.
The location and surroundings make this a very special site, ideally suited to large family groups and those that want to hideaway in the woods. Nowhere to get completely lost, but plenty of space to hide!
Abbotstone Wood is the perfect combination of wide open spaces and shady glades deep in the ancient woods.
You approach through the woods, before coming into an open meadow. This offers camping close to the facilities, and is surrounded by trees. Past the reception area it opens out to a large rolling meadow with fantastic views.
Then there are the woodland pitches. Some great open glades or those mysterious but delightful little spaces between the trees.
Sensible Campfires are encouraged, as are sensible dogs. Likewise, we have wood for your fires and our lovely campfire grills plus the essentials from Campstores including a coffee in the morning.
If you want to do a little Bushcraft there are two hour sessions on Saturday afternonon and Sunday morning for the rest of the season.
We think it’s fantastic and would love to hear your feedback.
Happy travels from all at Abbotstone Wood Camping A Camping Unpugged Site.
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- Coach stations
Winchester: Town Centre Coach Stops
— 12.2 kilometres
12.2 kilometres Winchester: St Catherine's P&R Coach Stop — 12.5 kilometres
12.5 kilometres Basingstoke Bus Station — 16.8 kilometres
- Train stations
Micheldever Rail Station
— 9.2 kilometres
9.2 kilometres Winchester Rail Station — 12.4 kilometres
12.4 kilometres Alton Rail Station — 14.4 kilometres
- Ferry ports
Southampton Vehicle Ferry Terminal
— 30.4 kilometres
30.4 kilometres Southampton Passenger Ferry Terminal — 30.5 kilometres
30.5 kilometres Hamble-le-Rice Ferry Landing — 31.3 kilometres
— 23.6 kilometres
If you are coming from the North the entrance to Abbotsone Wood Camping is about ¾ mile south of the village of Swarraton on the B3046. It is signed and will be on the right at the top of the hill.
If you are coming from the South (from Alresford) the entrance is about ¾ mile after The Abbotstone Down ancient site car park. on the B3046 It is signed and on the left, just before you go down the hill.
Abbotstone Wood Camping has no direct post code, how off grid is that?
This postcode SO9 9TQ will get you within a mile of the entrance on the B3046.
It is NOT a post code for the site which is about ¾ mile south on the B3046.
Ordnance Survey Map
If you click on streetmap.co.uk and put Abbotstone Down into the search box, you will be able to find an Ordnance Survey map of the area. Ignore the arrow, and you will see the entrance track to the site on the B3046 nearly opposite the track leading to the reservoir and about ¾ mile west of Olivers Battery.
Abbotstone Wood Camping is just a couple of miles from New Alresford, which is actually quite old, and a charming little town with everything you might need. It has a Co-op, a Tescos, as well as cafes, pubs, chemists and a good butcher, it even has its own brewery. The Itchen Valley Brewery, is open to visitors and of course you can buy some of their fine ales. It has a market every Thursday, and a Continental Market on some weekends. You can get further information at www.alresford.org
The town is right in the heart of the Hampshire watercress country, and is the southern terminal for the Watercress Line Heritage railway, so you can take a steam train to Jane Austen’s home town of Alton if you like
The campsite is also within easy walking distance of The Grange, Northington, a huge neo classical pile set in landscaped gardens. They run an Opera season here during June and July, and you could combine a night at the opera with a night under canvas. Go to Grange Park Opera for this year’s programme.
Just along the road from the site is an ancient hill settlement known as Oliver’s Battery. There is a cycle track and a nature walk. You will find a footpath that leads you down to the deserted mediaeval village of Abbotstone which featured in the Doomsday Book, but was deserted during the Plague. Not much remains, but you can see the outline of fields and buildings in the meadows.
You can also pick up a footpath from the campsite that runs northwards and after a mile or so brings you to the Woolpack pub at Totford, where you can have a beer or Sunday Lunch or both.
There are several places to fish nearby, and some of them will offer day tickets. Google ‘fishing in Alresford’ and you will find a number of them.
You can apparently drive a tank at Tichbourne Down, if that’s your thing. It’s not cheap but it’s only a few miles away and you can get details from daysoutsoutheast.co.uk
Adventure Balloons operate over South Hampshire, and take off from West Meon and other places. Again, not cheap but a great experience if the weather is right. You can contact them on 01252 844222
Winchester has a traditional Farmers Market every Thursday, as well as a fine cathedral and plenty of good shopping.
Should the weather cave in,(would it ever) the Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium is fantastic and well worth a visit. It is about 5 miles from Alresford on the Winchester road.
- Mid-Hants Railway 'Watercress Line' (4.1 kilometres)
- INTECH Science Centre & Planetarium (9.9 kilometres)
- Winchester Cathedral (12.3 kilometres)
- Hinton Ampner (9.1 kilometres)
- Winchester City Mill (12.1 kilometres)
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