A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE OLD STATION TEA ROOMS, HOLMSLEY. INCLUDING A GUIDED WALK ALONG THE "OLD ROAD"
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There are many appealing areas of heathland and pine woodland in the south west corner of the New Forest and running through them is the Castleman’s Corkscrew. If you are not looking for a long distance walk though, and just want an easy stroll through the New Forest on a gravelled path with a tea house at the end, there is an ideal section of under 2 miles from the village of Burley to Holmsley Station.
History – The Old Station Tea Rooms Holmsley
The Old Station Tea Rooms at Holmsley has suffered significantly since the work started on replacing the nearby road bridge. In a time where it feels like every scrap of land is being built on, to find such an expanse of green is heartwarming. It’s not at all stuffy; the setting is refined country luxury where attentive staff and a relaxed ambience enhance an indulgent afternoon.
The afternoon tea menu includes all of the usual homemade treats with twists of Pimms, fresh berries, strawberry or tutti-frutti jam and gooey chocolate brownies in very generous portions.
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This walk follows a particularly attractive section of the line across heathland to the south west of Brockenhurst.Apparently he was very popular with the locals, throwing a tea party for the children, who couldn't have known that less than 10 years later he would be responsible for the deaths of their fathers. At the top and before entering the wood cross an area of grass then follow a track which keeps left of a prominent silver birch tree. Its winding route, taking in local market towns, earned it the name “The Corkscrew”, something is is still known as today.