The White Hart, Stoke (4.1m)

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About ten miles from Newbury, take the A343 towards Andover. Turn left in Hurstbourne Tarrant for 2 miles to Stoke, and turn left in the village.
A village pub that serves excellent and reasonably priced sandwiches and home cooked bar meals. It has decent draught beer, often from the Ramsbury Brewery.
Being a bit off the beaten track, it is as well to give them a call on 01264 738830 to ensure they will be open.

Go out of the car park and turn L to cross the main road for the lane on the other side, turning R again in 150yds. This lane shortly kinks to the L, and then there is a long straight rising section that comes out in an open field. Go slightly R to cross this to a wood, and go forward 100yds or so till you come to a crossing track. Turn L out of the wood, and follow the path through a succession of stiles and gates along the ridge of the hill on the S side of the Bourne valley. At Stokehill Farm, now a swanky residence, take the gate on the L and go down the lane to a T junction where go R and immediately L. Now follow the FP forward for nearly a mile losing height and then going down a steepish path onto a lane. Cross this and go down the field to a FP along the rear of some houses. Take one of the stiles on the L to reach the road near an old chapel. Pass this on your L, then turn L into Gang Bridge Lane, which follow for nearly a mile, passing Gang Bridge House and ignoring a bridge back over the river. Take the L fork in the lane, and in another 300yds, the stile on the L. A path leads across the fields back into the village of Stoke, where turn R for the pub.

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