A short walk around the outskirts of this pretty village, the church of which was a favourite with John Betjeman.
1. From the Queen Inn turn left past a treadmill-operated well (no longer used!), built in 1879 and renovated in 1993 with grants from the local authority and Dummer Golf Club. The road passes the Chapel House Gallery on the left, housed in a Primitive Methodist chapel of 1863, with Dummer Stores on the right.
2. Opposite Glebe Close on the edge of the village a footpath leads off to the left over a waymarked stile and turns left behind gardens. It passes over another stile to meet a track and then dog-legs left and right to continue behind more gardens. It reaches a stile beside an old quarry and then turns right along a barbed wire fence. Ahead is the unwelcome sight of the M3!
3. After about 200 metres it turns left along a field boundary and reaches a stile behind a house on a minor road. Here the route turns left onto the road and almost immediately right at a T-junction, signposted to Axford.
4. After 100 metres, on the far side of the crescent called Bible Fields, a path runs off from the left and passes through a kissing-gate at a fingerpost. It is a pretty path that winds through an area that is lightly wooded and low-lying. After emerging from the trees it follows the right-hand side of a field. The path then splits and we take the right-hand limb, past a line of willows that are a vivid rust colour in the winter. They stand on a high bank that hides a low-lying area, presumably a pond at certain times of year. The path rises gently with a field boundary to the right. It then splits and you follow the left-hand arm, which runs across a crop field (050 degrees magnetic) to meet a concrete track, which is part of the Wayfarer's Walk.
5. Turn left and pass through a farmyard, with Dummer House to the left, to meet a minor road at a bus shelter (donated by Mrs Andrew Ferguson in 1952). Turn right and then almost immediately left at the church and so back to the pub.
The starting point for this trail is the Queen Inn. Dummer is easily reached from junction 7 of the M3, or alternatively by turning west off the B3046 Candover valley road at Axford, between Basingstoke and Alresford. There is ample parking at the pub and on the road nearby.
Sun 16 Aug 2015, 10:59
I had been hoping to go on this short walk for a long time, and we set out to achieve it on Saturday night. However the first footpath opposite Glebe Close was so overgrown with nettles etc. we were unable to even start it. Our saving grace was the local pub, The Queen Anne, where we enjoyed a lovely meal with good company and very efficient staff. Well worth a visit to the Pub, however, not the walk.