Westwood has served a number of historic purposes, including feeding water via four large conduits to Netley Abbey’s ponds, wells and toilets; and much later, concealing the artillery stores that supplied the nearby Spitfire factory. Find out more about Westwood Woodland Park on the Hampshire County Council website.
On the plaque there is a Great spotted woodpecker flying through the leaves of an oak tree. Great spotted woodpeckers have distinctive black, white and red plumage and are best known for drumming their beaks on tree trunks. Find out more about Great spotted woodpeckers on the RSPB website. Oak trees can grow up to 40 metres tall and sustain a wide range of wildlife including insects, birds, bats and even mammals like squirrels, badgers and deer who feed on the acorns. Read more about Oak trees on the Woodland Trust website.
This is the fifteenth marker post on the Hamble Peninsula Trails. From here it is a 15 minute walk south west to Netley Abbey.
The longer Principal Trail to Hamble Foreshore in the south east of the peninsula takes an additional 75 minutes to walk.
Travelling south east and then north along the Principal Trail to Bursledon Station takes around 2.5hrs to walk; or a shorter cross-country walking route is about 60 minutes.
You can also use the supporting trails to find your own route either along the coast, or inland visiting Netley, Hamble and Bursledon railway stations, where you will find the Parish Posts designed by artist Madeleine Allison.
Explore the Hamble Peninsula Trails