Walk 3, Parley Cross - Longham Lakes - Angel Inn - Parley Cross (approx 5 miles)

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Parley Cross. Take Christchurch Road West to Footpath(FP) along lane 100 yards North of Ridgeway. Follow FP to Dudsbury Inn drive. Cross the drive and follow FP further to Dudsbury Guides Camp (Note Dudsbury Rings). On leaving the Guides Camp keep to your left and follow the FP down to the River Stour (Golf Course on your right). Follow the river to the Bridge House Hotel at Longham.

Cross the Road (A348) and walk towards the Waterworks entrance until you reach the FP sign (100 yards). Turn right over a short gravel drive and then through a gateway on to the FP. Cross over at the stile in 50 yards and walk along the FP between avenue of newly planted saplings for another 100 yards. At the corner of the FP cross the stile on your left into the Longham Lakes enclosure. A short, gentle climb takes you on to the gravel path round the lakes. At the North West corner of the Lakes take the stile into a lane which takes you northwards to Ham Lane

Opposite across Ham Lane is a footpath. Follow this FP to the footbridge. Cross the bridge to Coneygar Farm. At the crossroads in the farm area proceed straight across to the FP opposite. Follow the FP into a lane and at a right-angled bend turn left. At first right turn right up to A348. At A348 Ringwood Road (opp Angel Inn) turn left and cross road. Take Bridlepath through Poor Common. Keeping just inside woodland close to houses follow path through the wood to Christchurch Road just East of Coppins Nursery. Follow Christchurch Road back to Parley Cross.