Strolling around Gorley Common

Between the Avon valley and the Western edge of the New Forest is Gorley Hill. Like so many hills in the area it is a massive lump of clay with a gravel capping. That Gravel capping was the hill’s undoing back in the 1950’s when the top 10 metres or so was dug away for building materials. That period of destruction left the hill both lower and missing the remains of an ancient hill fort at it’s Southern end. Half a century later the hill’s vegetation has somewhat recovered, although misguided efforts of land managers have suppressed what could have been a fine clothing of woodland in favour of gorse and rabbits.

Don’t be put off because the walk around the rim of Gorley Hill is both easy and pleasant