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16. Mottes and Trenches


Guided Walk

Alver Valley East Car Park, Gosport, Hampshire, PO13 8AS

Discover some gems from the past on this off-road guided walk through the natural haven of the Alver Valley, and then on to MOD land…

Near the delightfully named Apple Dumpling Bridge, you’ll come across the Motte and Bailey castle, with views over the Country Park. Look out for the pillbox, and take a walk along Hangman’s Hollow. Then enter MOD land and see the extensive World War One trench systems believed to be a unique practice battlefield.

We think you’ll enjoy hunting out the history on this heritage walk through what is mainly woodland and heathland with gravel tracks; and also love the chance to listen for the woodpeckers, search for butterflies and spot the plentiful birds.

And all in the company of a great Heritage Guide, Ann, who is known to dress up for the occasion!

Duration 90 minutes


Monday 12 September: 1000


Pre-booking: Required
Please self book, but if you experience any difficulties please contact us
Call: 07849 399 823

Booking opens: 20 August 2022 09:30
Booking closes: 10 September 2022 17:00


Due to the landscape, this event is not suitable for most wheelchairs.

parking Service dogs welcome


COVID-19 Considerations

This event will run in line with local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival.


Please dress suitably for the weather and with good footwear for uneven ground. As close to water, please consider wearing insect repellent. Bring a drink with you as nowhere to purchase on the route. Please arrive up to 10 minutes early to allow for prompt start time.


Ann Sandall



We will be meeting by the layby near Grange Farm on Little Woodham Lane. Look for the hi-vis jacket. If driving, there is paid car parking near the HWRC (Alver Valley East car park)