Naishes Wood at Crookham Park
- Free parking (2m height restriction)
- Network of marked trails on surfaced paths and boardwalks
- Choice of routes up to 6km through meadows and woodland
- Open views across surrounding countryside
- Unique collection of World War II pillboxes
- 2km purpose-built all-weather bridlepath
Where you’ll find it…
Naishes Wood has a large free car park next to the allotments, just off Naishes Lane, Church Crookham, nearest postcode GU52 8TJ. Grid reference SU 81347 50828. It’s sign-posted from Naishes Lane, but the signs are small. Keep your eyes peeled for signs pointing to Naishes Wood SANG.
What you’ll find there…
In any weather, a walk here will be a pleasure, with lots of wildlife to enjoy, including treecreepers, buzzards, nuthatches, roe deer and woodpeckers. And don’t miss the bluebell display in the spring! As you explore, you’ll come across open areas with fine views across the surrounding countryside. And more intriguingly, scattered about the site, are a large number of World War II pillboxes, once part of a significant line of defence that ran from Hook to Salisbury!
This extensive public space was formerly Queen Elizabeth Barracks, home to the Gurkha Rifles, but has now been set aside for the residents of Crookham Park and the wider community. Also known as the SANGS Project, it features around 160 hectares of woodland and meadows, with a network of unsurfaced and surfaced paths, boardwalks and bridleways.