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Eyeworth Pond

At the bottom of the hill leading down from Fritham, turn right just before the pond on to the old Powder Mill Road and the car park is 100m or so along the track. There is room to park on the roadside if it is full.

  1. Eyeworth Pond

    Go through the barrier and walk on up the old road past the chalybeate spring.

    Lat:50° 55' 50.9'' N(50.9308°)
    Long:1° 40' 32.7'' W(-1.67576°)
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  2. Eyeworth

    When the path comes out of the woods, turn right and head up the hill and through Howen Bushes.

    Lat:50° 56' 0.6'' N(50.9335°)
    Long:1° 40' 20.7'' W(-1.67241°)
    OS:SU 23116 14947
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  3. Rowan/Holly Tree, Howen Bushes

    There is no distinct path here, and the ground can get a little boggy. Generally it is best to keep along the edge of the wood heading as straight up the hill as you can.

    Lat:50° 55' 54.1'' N(50.93169°)
    Long:1° 40' 13.7'' W(-1.670484°)
    OS:SU 23252 14746
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  4. Edge of Fritham

    Head into the woods at the top of the hill, and very shortly you will reach the fence surrounding Fritham village. Turn right along the track that runs parallel to the fence.

    Lat:50° 55' 49.4'' N(50.9304°)
    Long:1° 40' 3.7'' W(-1.6677°)
    OS:SU 23449 14603
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  5. Fritham

    When you reach the village, the Royal Oak pub is on your left and the actual Royal Oak (a pollarded oak tree which must have started growing well before the practice became illegal in the Forest in 1584) is on your right.

    Lat:50° 55' 36.5'' N(50.9268°)
    Long:1° 40' 18.4'' W(-1.67177°)
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  6. Black Post Box, Fritham

    Head across the lawn, towards the Forestry Commission Car Park past the Black Post Box, and follow the track marked "Cycle Track to Frogham only".

    Lat:50° 55' 35'' N(50.9264°)
    Long:1° 40' 22'' W(-1.67279°)
    OS:SU 23093 14157
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  7. Cycle Route to Frogham

    Take care as some cyclists interpret this sign to mean that the track is for their sole use and take delight in mowing down pedestrians along here. In fact, of course, it means than that they can only use the track to get to Frogham.

    Lat:50° 55' 34.7'' N(50.9263°)
    Long:1° 40' 29'' W(-1.67472°)
    OS:SU 22957 14145
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  8. Eyeworth

    There are good views over Eyeworth Lodge from this track, and there are various lumps and bumps beside it that may relate to the old Schultze Gunpowder Factory.

    Lat:50° 55' 34.3'' N(50.9262°)
    Long:1° 40' 45.4'' W(-1.67929°)
    OS:SU 22636 14133
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  9. To the ford

    The only remnant that can be identified with any certainty is the dome-shaped mound in the field to your right, shortly before the track forks. Take the right-hand track here down to the ford.

    Lat:50° 55' 37.6'' N(50.9271°)
    Long:1° 41' 6.2'' W(-1.68505°)
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  10. Ford

    Crossing the ford can usually be accomplished without getting your feet wet. There is normally a pile of branches on the left-hand side to help you. Follow the path as it gently climbs up hill. Look out for deer here.

    Lat:50° 55' 38.6'' N(50.9274°)
    Long:1° 41' 8.4'' W(-1.68568°)
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  11. Turn Right

    The path then drops down and at the bottom of the slope there is a forestry track leading into the trees on your right. Follow this track until you reach the fence surrounding Eyeworth Lodge.

    Lat:50° 55' 53.4'' N(50.9315°)
    Long:1° 41' 7.3'' W(-1.68537°)
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  12. Eyeworth

    Turn left and follow the, at times indistinct, path next to the fence until you come to the road leading back down to Eyeworth Pond.

    Lat:50° 55' 55.8'' N(50.93216°)
    Long:1° 40' 50.3'' W(-1.680627°)
    OS:SU 22539 14795
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