Hook Common and Bartley Heath

Bartley Heath Pond by Jonathan Oakley

Bartley Heath Pond by Jonathan Oakley

Two wonderful nature reserves bursting with life


0.5 miles from Hook

RG27 9UP

OS Map Reference

A static map of Hook Common and Bartley Heath

Know before you go

123 hectares

Entry fee

Donations welcome

Parking information

Parking at Hook Cricket Club and by Permit Car Park on Bartley Heath (see description below)

Grazing animals

British Whites, New Forest Ponies, Exmoor ponies

Walking trails

Hook Common and Bartley Heath are open access land, a number of public Rights of Way and many informal paths cross the site. Please keep to the obvious paths during the spring and summer so that rare ground nesting birds are not disturbed.


Contact the Trust for disabled access information

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 email feedback – 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 Bassetts 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


Under effective control

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

All year - seasonal highlightsOrchids, Meadow Thistle, Marsh Gentian, Buzzard, Lesser spotted woodpecker, Woodcock, Nightjar, White Admiral, Purple Emperor, Purple Hairstreak, Slow-worm, Common Lizard, Grass Snake, Adder, Gorse, Heather, Hazel dormouse

About the reserve

This expanse of open heathland and woodland supports a range of fascinating wildlife, including basking reptiles and colourful dragonflies. Exmoor ponies and cattle also live here, grazing the reserves to restore the former heathland habitat that was once widespread in Hampshire – it is a joy to watch them.

The rare marsh gentian and a population of heath spotted orchids can be found here, as well as heather, gorse, skullcap, mullein and cow wheat. 

Wander through this woodland oasis and discover the fascinating wildlife within.

Contact us

Ian Stoneman
Contact number: 01256 381190

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

Location map