A large area of heathland, grassland and woodland with many areas being restored to heathland.
Hook Common and Bartley Heath are a network of over 330 acres of heathland and woodland near the village of Hook in north Hampshire. They are a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), designated mainly for the high quality wet heathland plant community present. They are areas of Common Land, with a long history of livestock grazing by local commoners. Hardy native breeds of cattle or ponies are used to help manage the heathland to keep it suitable for the wildlife that lives there. Species such as marsh gentian can be seen at Bartley Heath whilst birch and oak appear at Hook Common.
We would like to thank all of our visitors that take care whwn walking on our nature reserves. We are working hard to engage with the dog walking community, in particular those that visit our nature reserves with their dog. The Trust’s "Dogs on Reserves" project has produced a leaflet that explains how to act responsibly on our nature reserves, along with some general guidance for dog walking visitors and advice about walking amongst cattle.
Getting to Hook Common & Bartley Heath (and Bassets Mead)
On Foot: For Bartley Heath there are several pedestrian access points on Griffin Way South and at the car park entrance.
Car: From the M3, exit at junction 5. For Bartley Heath take Griffin Way (B3349) towards Hook and for Hook Common take Hook Common Road (A287) towards Newnham. Please note that the Bartley Heath car park now operates under a permit scheme, if you would like a permit please read the terms and conditions and then complete the application form and return it to us – please allow up to 4 weeks for your application to be processed. There are lay-bys which can be used on either side of Hook Common Road (A287) but there is minimal space. If you would like to visit the nearby site Bassets Mead which has adequate parking, follow these directions:
From the Bartley Heath car park: Go north on the B3349 for a couple of hundred meters; take the second exit at the roundabout; Straight over next roundabout second exit; right at next roundabout third exit onto the A30: after approximately 700m take the right hand turn onto Holt Lane opposite the Crooked Billet pub; immediately turn left by the pumping station onto a track that runs parallel to the A30; park on the hard surface (not the grass as it is soft and you may get stuck). From there walk east along the track until you get to the river Whitewater, on your right hand side is a kissing gate that takes you into Bassetts Mead. Bassetts Mead is very wet during winter so wellies or waterproof walking boots are advisable.
Sat nav: RG27 9HD takes you to Station Road, which is just north of the two reserves.
Train: Hook: 0.3miles – Bartley Heath: On Station Road turn left and walk 300m before going straight over the roundabout. Immediately on the left after the roundabout there is a stile to enter Bartley Heath. Alternatively, there is a gate approximately 300 meters on your left. Hook: 0.3 mile – Hook Common: On Station Road turn left and walk almost 300m. Just before the roundabout turn right onto Hook Road. The entrance is immediately on the right.
Bus: The nearest bus stop is on Station Road, Hook (Just over 0.3 miles). Follow directions above.
Species and habitats
- Grassland, Heathland, Woodland
- Common Spotted orchid, Meadow Thistle, Marsh Gentian, Kestrel, Buzzard, Lesser spotted woodpecker, Woodcock, Nightjar, White Admiral, Purple Emperor, Purple Hairstreak, Slow-worm, Common Lizard, Grass Snake, Adder, Gorse, Heather, Hazel dormouse, Lesser spotted woodpecker, Purple Emperor, White Admiral, Fly Agaric