Minstead was referred to in the Domesday book as Mintestede (Mint place) because of the abundance of mint that grew wild in the village. Minstead village is set amidst a maze of lanes and is littered with pretty thatched cottages and is mostly surrounded by forest.
This is a short stroll from the village exploring the leafy lanes that border Manor Wood. It is mostly level but with a slight incline towards the end. After heavy rain the track leading out from the village can become muddy.
From the shop and the village green proceed up the hill to All Saints church. To the right of the church there is a footpath that goes down hill through woods. When you reach the bottom, go over the ford by Petershold Farm and take the left hand turning keeping the forest glade on your left.
Proceed up the wooded lane until you reach a grass triangle. Turn right here and then take the next turning on the right signposted London Minstead. Proceed down the lane passing a big thatched cottage and Fleetwater Farm (once home to Jack Hargreaves) on your left.
Pass the forest glade (this time on your right) and go over the ford next to Petershold Farm. Then take the wooded footpath on your right back up to the church. As you reach the village green pop into the shop for a coffee or wander across to the Trusty Servant for something stronger.