Walks In Hampshire

Walks In Hampshire

New Forest Walks

If you are planning a weekend away from London then a trip to The New Forest is a must. I visited last year and its one of my favorite places in Hampshire! We camped for the first time on our last visit and it was quite an experience. Having arrived at our sandy pitch we realised we had no idea where to head off to find good attractions for the kids. After much panic, we took to Twitter for help and the lovely people at @VisitNewForest were happy to assist! Their first recommendation? New Forest Walks, which they described as an easy way to explore the forest with kids.

The New Forest National Park stretches across southern England covering just under 2000 square kilometres, Hampshire List (hampshire-list.co.uk). It takes its name from the ancient shire of Hampshire which was called the New Forest in the 11th century because of its large extent of young trees planted after marauding Danes destroyed large areas of forest in the 9th century. Once youve explored the tranquil glades, fields, and woods of this beautiful area, youll see why the old forest was given this name.

There are so many woodland walks in the New Forest National Park a new Forest Walks guide isnt really necessary, but wait…this book is different! This is about a collection of favourite walks that were also recommended by some of my blog and podcast listeners. They gave me the idea of writing a companion book to go alongside The Complete New Forest Hikes Guidebook. New Forest Walks are some of the best in Britain.

The Forestry Commission has created paths that run throughout the area and these are great for all levels of fitness and mobility. The tracks have been specially designed to provide a pleasant experience where you can enjoy the parklands natural beauty. Download guide  hampshire-list.co.uk. The New Forest is a unique national park, covering an area of 3,375 hectares on the southern coast of England. With such a big area to explore, its worth taking a guide to help you on your way.

In this blog post I will be looking at some of the best walks to do in The New Forest National Park. The Household Waste and Recycling Centre (HWRC) at Millbrook remains open with COVID safety measures in place. If you are applying for a commercial vehicle permit, please see the information about the Household Waste Recycling Centre Permit Scheme. For any enquiries please contact Email contact@hampshire-list.co.uk, or if you are unable to use the online booking system please call Hampshire List (hampshire-list.co.uk).

South Downs Walks

As an avid walker, I love discovering new walking trails. Recently, my wife and I headed south from Brighton to meet our friends for a weekend away in Peacehaven. It’s a 45 minute drive, but the views are spectacular along the way, particularly on ‘The South Downs Way’. The South Downs National Park is one of England’s newest National Parks (and youngest) with plenty of beautiful things to see and do. The South Downs National Park in Southern England has some of the best scenery in Europe.

With 3,300km of footpaths and bridleways it has something for everyone. Whether you are walking, running or horse riding the South Downs is a walker’s paradise. The South Downs Way follows the chalk coastline from Winchester and passes through Beachy Head on its 100 mile journey to Eastbourne. I think I know what you’re thinking, “another National Park? How many of these do we really need?” Well don’t come to the South Downs expecting to find swathes of forest and acres of common land.

 The South Downs is gentler than that and is more reminiscent of the rolling hills in the Cotswolds or Northamptonshire. The South Downs is a National Park in England covering roughly 600 square kilometers. The park has over 3,300 kilometers of footpaths and bridleways and is a great choice for hiking and biking, seeing the ponies and wildlife, or simply exploring the natural beauty of the area. I lived in the South Downs for many years and have walked every trail possible in this area.

Long Distance Walks in Hampshire

Whether you are preparing for a major overseas expedition, or just fancy getting away from it all with nothing but your backpack for company, one of the long distance routes in Hampshire could be for you. Hampshire isn’t blessed with many mountainous regions, so long-distance walking routes aren’t as widespread as we would find on the South Downs or the North Wessex Downs, for example. But there are plenty to choose from if you want to walk as much of the Island as possible.

Do you like hiking and the great outdoors? What about the breathtaking views of your countryside? You don't need to travel far away to enjoy these either, with long distance walking trails across the county. These circular routes give you the opportunity to walk in some beautiful countryside for around 6 - 10 hours, helping you experience Hampshire in a completely different way. Hampshire has some of the best long-distance walking routes in the country.

They range in length and level of difficulty; starting with the New Forest 50 at just under 30 miles and finishing with the South Downs Way, which is nearly 100 miles in full. If you are looking for days out in Hampshire then do consider these stunning walks as they have will be time well spent. Hampshire is a wonderful place to explore on foot and there are opportunities to indulge the walker in all of us.

The county has hundreds of miles of public rights of way criss-crossing the countryside, linking villages, towns and cities together. And tucked away on these paths you will find historic buildings, beautiful landscapes and wildlife watching opportunities. For those of you not familiar with long-distance walking routes, there are a number of these in Hampshire. They are waymarked and can take you off-road to some of the most remote areas in Britain. There are also variations on each of them for those who require a less challenging route, and some which double up as circular walks.

Guided walks in Hampshire

T here are some really great walks being organised in Hampshire this year, many of which are well suited to families and young children. Author Sue Burton, from Winchester, is hosting a number of monthly walks through the summer at various locations in and around Winchester. These walks are suitable for all ages and last an hour to 90 minutes, depending on the age range. For more information about these events visit storiches. com   or email Email contact@hampshire-list.co.uk .

These walks start on Saturday June 22nd at 11am at Brookwood Cemetery car park. The South Downs National Park is one of the UK's newest national parks and was formed in 2011. This year it has been six years since the national park has been around, and sadly not many people know about its existence. Thanks to this promotion of the newly-formed national park, Hampshire County Council and Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust have organised a number of guided walks to help you discover even more about the new national park.

Around the UK, there are a great number of National Parks that offer a chance to explore nature at its very best. The area around Hampshire and the Isle of Wight is home to two of these with the New Forest and the South Downs National Park. Hampshire is also considered part of another National Park, the Chilterns area which is scattered across parts of southern England. Having lived in Hampshire all my life this is the perfect way to learn more about your surroundings.

Almost everyone I know has a particular walk that they love to do in their local area and it can be a great way to see more of your own town or city. Hampshire is a wonderful place for walkers of all levels of fitness and experience. A walker's heaven, its landscape boasts stunning chalk downs, rolling grasslands, forested areas, rivers and streams; not forgetting the cities and towns themselves all offering plenty to see and do along the way.

Walks along the Coast in Hampshire

The Solent Way is one of my favourite walks. The 4 mile walk takes in the Coast of Hampshire between Hengistbury Head and the Needles, it offers a great walk along exposed headlands that offer good views of the Isle of Wight and across the Solent. There are lots of mix up along the way, from cosy coves to rocky headlands and nature reserves. Hengistbury Head offers interesting geology, rock pools to explore and has views across to the Isle of Wight.

Hampshire has a lot to offer and this trail gives you the chance to see some of the best that our County has to offer. For the more adventurous family members amongst you, try some or all of the trails own leg one or two sections and then stay for a lay-by picnic or a swim in an idyllic beach location. The trail is well waymarked and takes you through some wonderful countryside. Along the coast you'll find some gorgeous coastal villages.

My grandfather lives in Bursledon and took me for a walk on the Solent Way at Woodcote today. Bursledon is steeped in history and was once known as Borceletone, this name was derived by the monks due to the fact that they would work at the port throughout the year. I live in Hampshire and decided to use the walking opportunity the Solent Way presented me. I had a couple of hours spare one afternoon and not wanting to bump into too many walkers during my short exploration, chose the day I was doing it as a heat wave hit Britain (hooray, for a change).

The Solent Way is a waymarked long distance trail contouring along the Hampshire coast from Milford-on-Sea to East Cowes. Hailed as 'the jewel in Hants (Hampshire) coastal crown'and 'one of the finest coastal walks in the country', this magnificent coastal route is always on a high. If you are looking for a relaxing walk, with stunning coastal views or want to combine fresh air with family fun you should check out the Solent Way.

Famous People and Literary Walks in Hampshire

Hampshire is home to rolling countryside, woodlands and beaches. It was the perfect place for a country retreat for the Victorians. It is also one of England's counties with the highest density of famous people living or holidaying here – which means that there are many literary walks!  Walk in the footsteps of Sherlock Holmes with a tour of the Portsmouth area; visit Jane Austen's favourite locations in Hampshire; visualise scenes from Great Expectations and learn how Daphne Du Maurier drew on her childhood memories of Menabilly manor for her novel Rebecca.

Hampshire's landscape has been inspiring poets, artists and writers for centuries. Its skies have inspired Constable, the sea shore has provided inspiration for Shelley, Jane Austen's villages have been painted by Turner and Woolf among others, the countryside is Alice in Wonderland country and many of the tales of Beatrix Potter were inspired by visits to the New Forest. If you follow in the footsteps of famous writers, painters and poets you will find yourself transported into a different world where your imagination can truly flourish.

I've been a great lover of the county since I was a child and can remember standing beside Arthur W S Eld for the first time.   I've always found the history fascinating, especially that which is steeped in witchcraft or linked to Royalty. One place that has inspired writers, artists and musicians through the centuries is Hampshires highest village, Great Tew. A visit to this village will immerse you in its stunning location where many esteemed artists and writers started to write.

It isn't hard to find a literary walk in Hampshire as many of the places that have been immortalized in books, poems and artworks are scattered all across the county. Whether you're a fan of John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress or simply want to enjoy some of the most spectacular countryside in England, we've a literary walk for you. Famous People and Literary Walks in Hampshire. Hampshires landscape has been inspiring artist and writers for many years and is featured in several famous books, poems and artworks.

Several walks have been especially created for you to enjoy famous scenes and to follow in the footsteps of the famous writers. Famous People and Literary Walks in Hampshire. Hampshires landscape has been inspiring artist and writers for many years and is featured in several famous books, poems and artworks. Its easy to find this trail with a guide book, which can be purchased from the likes of Amazon. I’ve now tried to condense my best walks into 11 easy (ish) trails, all shown on an interactive map with distance markers.

City Walks in Southampton, Winchester and Portsmouth

As an avid adventurer and particular lover of walking I have stumbled upon some spectacular cities and trails, but none as interesting or historical as the three that make up Hampshire; Southampton, Winchester and Portsmouth. As a local Hampshire resident and something of a ‘geek’ for history I have often found myself baffled by the sheer number of stunning walks that surround us. Whether strolling to the beach in Bournemouth, or lapping up the coast in Southsea it’s never been a major issue to get away from the city with my peeps, but when you consider what Hampshire has to offer there is no good reason why you wouldn’t at least consider doing such! With this in mind today I will be discussing 3.

Being a walking guide, I have given city walks to many people in the past, and it’s always interesting to hear the different opinions on what people find insightful. To help you, I have decided to put together a selection of my favourite city walks in Hampshire. Here are my three best picks for Southampton, Winchester and Portsmouth. Hampshire has quaint villages, beautiful architecture and historic landmarks. Many of these walks are free to enjoy, but there are some which will require you to pay a small fee.

Why not plan your walk over an ice cream or coffee and take in the atmosphere?. Whether you're a history buff or just interested in the amazing history of the South Coast of England, on these city walks you'll learn all about the key people within history and what Portsmouth, Southampton and Winchester have to offer. Whether you are a tourist or local to these areas and are looking for some fun and interesting walks, then this post is for you.

Family Walks in Hampshire

My family love to walk, and despite the hills, rain and snow, we have still taken over 200 walks throughout Hampshire. I am proud to say that we have walked across Hampshire from Winchester in the north to Selsey on the south coast and out into the New Forest. We are not alone either! According to the Ramblers it is estimated that about 3 million people go walking in England’s National Parks every year and more than one in four visits a National Park once or more in any given year.

Hampshire is a great county for outdoor activities, with a huge number of National Parks to explore. I’ve created separate blog posts for each of the different National Park areas in Hampshire, listing both what the park has to offer and a few suggested family walks. As well as these national parks, there are plenty of rivers to be explored and woodland trails to be followed. These can be some of the most beautiful parts of our county – and you won’t find them on Google Maps!.

Hampshire is known for its stunning countryside and for this reason the county is an ideal place for exploring on foot. The chalk streams, hills, valleys and woods create amazing vistas that are great to admire but also perfect for getting out and about with the family. While there are some wonderful conventional walks you can go on, why not get a little wilder and discover hidden waterfalls, old railway lines or even villages that have been abandoned?.

Hampshire is well-known as an area of outstanding natural beauty. There are several beautiful National Parks and nature reserves scattered across the county. In the north, you will find the New Forest and in the south – Winchester and Southampton Water national Nature Reserves. Family walks are here arranged by region (where possible) with details of pubs nearby for refreshment!. Family walks can be fun, interesting and educational as well as good exercise. Hampshire is a great place to explore by foot and whether you want a National Park family adventure, a short walk to the beach or an amble along a riverside, you will find great family walks across the county.

Festive, Christmas Day and Boxing Day Walks in Hampshire

The festive season is a magical time of year. When people come together and enjoy the company of their friends and family whilst also celebrating the birth of Jesus. It’s an opportunity to appreciate what we have, show our loved ones how much we appreciate them and to say thank you to those we hold dearest. It also gives us the chance to reflect on our lives so far, be grateful for the good in them and make plans for how they can continue to improve.

One prevalent thing that many people enjoy doing at this time of year is going for a walk in the countryside. There is something about the combination of snow, solitude and fresh air that makes walking over winter so special. Here in Hampshire we are fortunate to have two national parks. Picture yourself immersed in the beauty of Hampshire countryside, meadows rich with wild flowers, snowy hillsides and remote woodland. This is where we can get you in this article.

Hampshire has a wealth of beautiful scenery on offer and strange as it might sound, it doesn’t matter if it’s raining or snowing outside because you will not be affected by the weather. Instead you will be sipping mulled wine and celebrating Christmas in style. Below I have listed a few different types of walks you can do over the festive period. Whether it be Christmas day, Boxing day or New Year's Eve in the UK, there is no reason why you shouldn't get out and walk in winter.

Some of the following walks are easy strolls while others are guided walks with full walking gear provided and led by local knowledge. The guided walks are offering brilliant opportunities to experience some of the country's best scenery at its most spectacular in winter. There will be a mixture of public footpaths, parks, nature reserves and privately owned land. There’s nothing like getting out into the fresh air and treading in your wellies on soft, muddy ground – especially at Christmas time where you can get lost in a snowy winter wonderland.

Hampshire is an ideal place for walks at any time of the year with plenty of soft sand and mud, rocky shores and wild landscapes for energetic walkers to discover and enjoy. Feeling festive? Or simply want to get out and take advantage of some time off work over the Christmas period? Wear your wellies, wrap up warm and explore Hampshire by foot. From countryside walks in our two National Parks to a seaside stroll.

Blow away the cobwebs and get outdoors with your friends and family making memories. It’s never too early to start planning your festive, Christmas day and Boxing Day walks in Hampshire. No matter if you need a Christmas gift for your loved one or want to enjoy the countryside on a walk with your family there is plenty to see and do over the festive season. Hampshire has plenty to offer when it comes to walking.

Here is our pick of the best walks in Hampshire, including routes through the New Forest and South Downs National Parks.

Rhinefield is an innovative new experience in sustainable forest management, providing a model for the future of Britain’s forests. The three-mile Rhinefield route passes through pine and mixed fir and beech woods, with swathes of wildflowers in spring and wild garlic later in the year. Enjoyed by young and old alike, the walks are simple to follow but exhilaratingly hilly -and dog-friendly too!. New Forest; Rhinefield Walking Route. Looking for the perfect way to spend a relaxing day in the New Forest? This walking trail will leave you feeling rejuvenated and refreshed.

The area is famous for its natural beauty and wildlife with deer, red squirrels and all manner of birds using the forest as a home. Rhinefield is a treasure trove of wildlife, flora and fauna. It’s not even a well-known place but the forest will enthrall you as you walk through. It is one of my favorite places in the Hampshire region and one which I would highly recommend to anyone who loves being amongst nature.

Rhinefield is the perfect day out. The forest is a great place for walking, and there are a number of great walks to follow. Here we pick our favourite Rhinefield Forest walks and maps for you to try. When it comes to good walks, Hampshire has no shortage of superb routes. Here we choose our favourites, including the New Forest and South Downs National Parks. Whether you want to enjoy an evening stroll, visit a National Park or go on holiday and see the natural beauty of the county close-up, there are lots of great family walks to choose from.

Rhinefield, Hampshire

The New Forest covers over 350 square kilometres, stretching from just outside Southampton to the English Channel. It's home to a huge range of wildlife and plants and has over 250kms of public rights-of-way on ancient pathways. We've selected 10 awesome forest walks that will take you through both ancient forest and heathland, everything from gentle amble to long-distance mountain biking. This walk starts at the car park in Rhinefield, runs through the forest to Holly Patch Lane and takes in all kinds of amazing views, including some of the tallest trees in England as well as pretty coastal spots.

This 6. 5 mile Rhinefield walking route in Hampshire, England, passes through the heart of the New Forest National Park, home to some of the tallest trees in England. A circular walk around Rhinefield passes stands of pine and redwoods, crosses a prehistoric iron-age causeway, and follows dappled bridleways. The Rhinefield forest in the heart of the New Forest is one of the best remote places to get lost. Its a relatively new addition to the national park but is now a great destination for walking and dog walking, especially after it was extended by 170 acres in 2000.

Brockenhurst to Lyndhurst, Hampshire

You know that a walk is more than just getting from a to b. Even on a circular walk, like the one described here, there are great variations in what you see and how you experience the walk. You can start the walk in Brockenhurst railway station or in Lyndhurst's The Square. I'd recommend walking from Brockenhurst to Lyndhurst if you're keen to spend some time at the Museum of the New Forest in Lyndhurst or grab something to eat and drink before finishing off your journey.

A circular walk that starts in the village of Brockenhurst and winds through largely forested countryside to Lyndhurst, a delightful New Forest market town. The route will take you past Lyndhurst’s famous clock, which is embedded on a cottage facade (dating from AD1780), thought to be the oldest working example in Britain. This 10. 7-mile walk starts at the Brockenhurst railway station in Hampshire, traversing through wildlife-rich forest to Beechen Lane in Lyndhurst. The trail runs parallel with the mainline between Brockenhurst and Brockenhurst; so you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of trains passing by while on the track.

Brockenhurst to Lyndhurst, Hampshire. This 10. 7-mile walk starts at inBrockenhurst, winding through wildlife-rich foreststo Beechen Lane inLyndhurst. Look out for deer and ponies as you make your way north towards the capital of the New Forest. This ten-mile walk from Brockenhurst to Lyndhurst is one of the most popular routes through the New Forest National Park, and with good reason! The route is varied and beautiful, taking you across open pasture and through deep dark woods.

Meon Valley, Hampshire

The Meon Valley is a beautiful area of Hampshire that has been shaped by its rich agricultural history. It has a rich wildlife and landscape, including several nature reserves and the world famous Queen Elizabeth Country Park. Many of us have used the A3 as a fast route to the South Coast, but not many explore further than Chichester – for those who venture north find an incredible hidden gem. The Meon Valley walk takes you through fields, past farms, around flowing streams and finishes with views of wildflower meadows framed by the rolling Downs.

The valley of the River Meon is a rolling chalk stream valley through which flows England’s longest tributary stream, rising at Wickham near Petersfield in the north of Hampshire. It. Where else in the UK can you find an area of over 9000 acres of protected countryside to explore, one just 15 minutes by car from the centre of a busy and vibrant city but still enjoy a rugged landscape and experience first hand how the South Downs was formed over thousands of years? On this walk we will discover just how two completely contrasting forces have shaped a landscape: man and nature.

Whether you are a seasoned hiker, or a casual stroller, our Meon Valley Walking route has something for everyone. Each stage on this walk is around 3 miles and you can either complete each stage individually, or extend your walk by combining all four stages to make an additional loop to create a 6 mile circular route. The Meon Valley is a hidden gem on the South Downs in Hampshire, located within one of the most unspoilt and breath-taking landscapes in the World Heritage Site.

The route takes you through beautiful beech woodlands and meadows before crossing a dramatic gorge to reveal sweeping views…. This walk follows the western edge of the Meon Valley, a historic Herefordshire countryside rich in wildlife. The route offers views over the River Meon and farmland before emerging onto the undulating grassland of Ditcham Common. This walk explores the rolling hills of the Meon Valley, a landscape shaped by man and nature over 6,000 years.

The former course of the River Meon runs through the valley floor, flanked by a green belt of meadows and woodland. I am going to take you on a walk near where I live in the Hampshire countryside. This 10. 7-mile route starts at Brockenhurst railway station and heads north towards Lyndhurst through the heart of the New Forest. If you are traveling, visiting or just live in Hampshire, check out the following city walks:.

Denny Wood, Hampshire

Denny Wood is a great place to visit as it is the starting point of the Fritham Walking Route. It is near the village of Annington and has several entrances. There are wonderful distant views from the woodland edge, for example down to the valley of the Beaulieu River and across to the Isle Of Wight. You can hear numerous bird song especially woodpeckers and buzzards. The forest planting here has been allowed to develop for over two hundred years since it was originally felled in 1725, with some oaks reaching a girth of nearly nine metres.

Among Hampshire’s many beautiful and interesting towns, villages and notable historical features, the New Forest stands out as particularly lovely and a big draw for those who want to get away from it all. Fritham is a pretty hamlet in the heart of the Forest, or at least near enough to the centre of it to feel like you’re well within it. The village is surrounded by woodland on three sides, which means that to walk out from Fritham is to step right into the heart of one of Hampshire’s most picturesque areas.

The Forest is crisscrossed by hundreds of miles of footpaths and tracks, ranging from the popular ridges like Beaulieu Road and the long distance trails like the Monarch's Way, Regional Routes like The Pilgrim's Way to Forestry Commission trails for mountain bikers and horse riders. Fritham lies within the north-east corner of the forest with its own walking route or you can follow one of a number of circular walks from here such as Warden's Trail.

The Fritham walking route is a 16 kilometre walk that takes you through a delightful mix of woodland and heathland not far from the northern border of the New Forest. It's a longer walk, but the variety of scenery makes it enjoyable and gives you room to stop for a leisurely lunch or coffee at one of the places along the way. On the north side of the Beaulieu River valley, a delightful walking route wanders from Afton Common, past Afton Lodge, through Fritham and on to Ringwood Road.

Fritham, Hampshire

The A35 Fritham Bypass is a road in Hampshire, England connecting Fritham with the A35 road. It lies entirely within the New Forest district, about 7 miles northwest of Lyndhurst on a section of the former route of the A35 which bypasses the main built-up area of Fritham which occupies a rural site just off this road. The bypass was opened in 1979 and continues to provide a vital link between Lyndhurst and Blandford Forum as well as carrying significant tourist traffic during summer months.

Formed many centuries ago, the New Forest remains one of England's most famous and beautiful wildernesses, covering much of south-west Hampshire. Soak up the history with a walk in the north of the forest; or enjoy some tranquillity with a stroll through the woods in central Hampshire. [ Find hotel near Fritham on Tripadvisor ]. One of the most interesting – and at the same time, less explored - areas of the New Forest is… in its north.

Solent Way, Hampshire

St Catherines Hill in Winchester is a tree-topped beacon overlooking the city. It's a four-mile walk to the hill, and we do a route that takes you up via the steep cobbled streets of Fisherton Street and ends on top where the hill has breathtaking views over Winchester and the surrounding countryside. There are lots of stories about Catherines Hill, but perhaps most interesting is its double role as an observing point for semaphore communications in the late 18th century.

The image below shows Sir Tim Berners Lee - who invented the World Wide Web - at Catherines Hill. St Catherines Hill is a 400ft (120m) high iron age camp that hovers majestically over the historic city of Winchester.   The hill is steeped in history with the best way to enjoy it, and soak in its magnificent views, being on foot.   The steep path up the hill will get you fit for nothing more than admiring the landscapes though - but it is certainly worth the effort!.

This walk takes in the whole of St Catherines Hill / St Catherine’s Hill. The views from the top are the crown jewels of Winchester, and are well worth the climb. Walk to the top of the tree-topped beacon of St Catherines Hill in historic Winchester with this easy four-mile stroll. Although the Fritham Woodlands are very popular, there are many other pathways that lead you to pretty, wild and diverse forest landscapes. Explore the lesser-known paths, plains and with a walk in the north of the New Forest, before relaxing in a pleasant pub in a woodland hamlet.

St Catherines Hill, Hampshire

Whether you live in Hampshire or are just visiting one day, you’ve got to climb up to the top of the county’s largest natural high point. St Catherines Hill is a beacon in the countryside in an unmissable spot, and once you reach the top your view is spectacular. This is a fascinating walk that allows you to look down on all of Winchester — it couldn’t be more city-like while still being out in nature.

The many walking routes up and across will take your breath away, providing great views of the area. The landscape is rugged and wild, with tree-topped hills all around you, making this a scent-filled experience from head to tail. St. Catherines Hill in Winchester, Hampshire offers some fantastic views over the old city and countryside. It is possible to climb the hill by road or walk, but a car park at the bottom of St.

Catherines Hill reduces the amount of uphills you have to walk which makes it much easier. This route starts from the northern end of Winchester near the railway station and there are some steep slopes so a reasonable level of fitness will be required. A shorter, two mile circular walk is also offered along with an interesting look into Winchester history here. St Catherines Hill in Winchester is a stop on the South Downs Way which runs for 103 miles between Winchester and Eastbourne.

Beaulieu Food Trail, Hampshire

Beaulieu, Buclers Hard and Bucklers Hard all lie on the River Beaulieu which at one time was a thriving shipbuilding river. The river village of Beaulieubecame famous in the 18th century when it became the second most important port after London for all the timber that came down the upper reaches of the river along with grain, malt and other cargo bound for London. The timber, and later other tree fruits was floated down to Beaulieusthroughout much of the 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

Nowadays there is very little evidence left of this once important trade. The Beaulieu River has its source in the village of Beaulieu in Hampshire. It is a tributary of the River Test and has been used for navigation since Roman times and probably much earlier. From its source, it winds through meadows, floodplain forest and beech woods before reaching Bucklers Hard at the mouth of the river where wooden boats were built for two hundred years until steam power took over.

Beaulieu Food Trail is a circular walking route starting and finishing at the village car park. It takes in the riverside, historic buildings, new developments and places of interest. The village has a large number of shops for such a small place, including Arundells, an historic mansion with over 50 antique dealers for you to browse through. Beaulieu River in Hampshire is a stunning winding river path at the heart of Beaulieu by the Sea.

The River Walk is a peaceful, country walk that follows the river through a variety of lovely scenery as it meanders south towards Bucklers Hard, the seafaring village that has been shipbuilding on this site since medieval times. The Beaulieu Food Trail is a delightfully easy 2. 2 mile stroll for the whole family,through the attractive villages of Lymington and Beaulieu. The walk startsat the Lymington Wharf where you board the river cruiser Mersey Princess,and travels upriver along the Beaulieu River to Bucklers Hard.

A walk along the Beaulieu river valley, through beautiful Hampshire countryside, to the picturesque village of Bucklers Hard which was home to England's last shipbuilding firm. The circular route illustrated here starts in the city of Winchester (where the walk could be broken at a suitable point) and then wends its way up through parks, past historic buildings, churches, and places before eventually making its way to the summit of St Catherines Hill. Fritham walking route and map.

Avon Valley Path, Hampshire/Wiltshire

Chalk streams - rivers and tributaries of the River Avon - drain the chalk downland, which is mostly in Hampshire but also parts of Wiltshire. As these fast flowing rivers descend they form deep gorges among the water meadows. These steep sided valleys and the fine flints deposited here by the fast flowing water of the Avon were once essential to regional prosperity. Whittington, Crookham and Hartley Wintney are some of the most scenic valleys along this section of the path.

The Avon Valley Path is a 34 mile National Trail between Salisbury, in the south and Christchurch in the north. The route has options for shorter walks. Landscaped and low-traffic, it follows a gentle rolling path through beautiful countryside, with places to stop off en route for refreshments or lunch. Selected by the Guardian as one of their top ten circular walks in Britain, the Avon Valley Path offers you a unique experience of rural England.

This trip was the best walking expedition I have ever done. The Avon Valley Path is a 34 mile trail running from Salisbury to Christchurch and then Bournemouth, forming a magnificent way of getting to know the South West of England. By walking half of it, I was able to extend my travelling time, which enabled me to explore a couple of medieval villages and market towns, and also visit a castle where a king once lived.

To the north of Salisbury rises the chalk and flint ridge that forms the northern boundary of the New Forest, surmounted by monolithic slabs of stone known as the South Downs. The Avon Valley Path takes in the valley that lies between one range and its opposite number, forming one side of this landscape-defining cleft. The Avon Valley is a hidden gem of a part of Southern England. The route follows the river north and so you pass by meadows, rivers, woods and quiet villages.

It is a diverse walk with lots going on – birds, butterflies, deer and river wildlife as well as some more surprising views across the valley in places. A popular trail in the heart of the New Forest National Park, the 34-mile Avon Valley Path is a well-trodden route that is part of an ancient trading path between Winchester and Dorchester. It links the two counties of Hampshire and Dorset through the New Forest. There is also an excellent pub-restaurant hidden in the trees halfway along.

Hamble-le-Rice, Hampshire

The river Hamble rises some two and a half miles south of its mouth and flows in a north-easterly direction through the villages of Hamble-le-Rice and Calshot Castle. The river is tidal for over five miles, the tidal flow being reversed by the river's outfall into Southampton Water, The Solent. The chalk stream has been identified as an important habitat area for wildlife and supports a variety of plants including ferns and water celery. To the north of Hamble-le-Rice is a walk that I’d describe as a calm stroll in the country.

Best walks in the New Forest National Park

The New Forest National Park is a huge area of varied landscapes and wildlife, with one of the largest tracts of remaining heathland in Britain. The national park is an important and fascinating area for nature lovers, history lovers and walkers alike. Here we take a tour round the best walks in the New Forest National Park. New Forest National Park is a great place for walking. The dense woodland and heathland habitat offers an incredible diversity of walk options.

You can choose from miles of peaceful forest paths to more challenging walks over high downland grazed by cattle or even the wild ponies that roam the New Forest area. Over half of the worlds species-rich heathlands are now gone, but you can still see some of their splendid wildlife in the New Forest. This ancient forest is a bio-diverse haven, home to green woodpeckers, nightingales and butterflies like the grizzled skipper and speckled woods butterfly.

Stretching from coast to coast in southern England, this stunning region is one of rich history and natural beauty.  The National Park was founded in the 1970s after a long campaign to protect the tranquillity of the area from development. It’s not strenuous and there are no wild animals to contend with, but it is a surprisingly beautiful walk. This walk, taking in the slopes and wildflowers of the coast, follows Portsea Island's main road through the village of Hamble-le-Rice with a detour along the seashore.

Best walks in the South Downs National Park

Between Brighton & Eastbourne, the South Downs National Park combines outstanding natural beauty with a wealth of both historical and cultural attractions. Through the national park's large-scale, varied landscapes you can walk alongside Britain's longest river, discover the largest tract of lowland heath in England, roam wildflower meadows or explore our ancient chalk hills. With so much to offer you'll be spoilt for choice - this is one destination where you'll want to pack your hiking boots and never take them off! My top 5 walks:.

The South Downs are an immense expanse of chalk grassland and striking coastline, making it one of the most unforgettable walks in southern England. There’s a fantastic variety of walks to choose from in this national park. You can take a gentle stroll along the white cliffs, hike over to the historic Lewes Castle or tear across open downs. The South Downs offers something for all abilities so get out there and enjoy these stunning landscapes.

Social Media

The last 20 odd years have been good for the development of social media - from black and white text-based websites to the promise of ‘connectedness’. Now we want to build on that through the realisation that, for all its benefits, social media should just be a part of an integrated, world-class communications approach. The task at hand is considerable: how to engage people whose attention is being opened up by a range of digital channels? It’s also becoming increasingly challenging: with Facebook alone boasting 120 million users and Twitter estimated to reach 160 million people by 2014.

Not only that but marketing spend online as a proportion of total investment continues to rise year upon year. Social media can be an important way of communicating with people. But what is the best social media site for each purpose? In this article we look at each of the main sites and whether you should use them, and instead of following a celebrity or politician, why not follow UK-wandering-inspired Walking Britain instead?. Humans are social creatures.

    Social Media is no longer a choice, if you want your business to succeed, then you need to implement a SM strategy. If you’re not interested in learning about Social Media, then there is most certainly someone else who is. Social media is probably the easiest way to get your message across to thousands of people. If you are considering doing a challenge then social media is an excellent method in terms of raising awareness about your walk.

Have you ever wanted to know what it's like to walk the length of Britain?  Well, if you haven't done so, then perhaps you should.  It's really quite spectacular and there are some spectacular views. When it comes to social media, it’s all about a cross-platform approach. It’s about choosing the channels which suit you and your business and then mastering them. The same applies to content. The South Downs is the largest open access area in southern England, forming a huge expanse of chalk downland that is beautiful and dramatic, with little roads meandering throughout.

Mountain Weather

Wet, cold or sunny? No matter what the weather forecast says, you can safely decide when to go hiking, biking and more. There are a lot of smartphone weather apps. But MOUNTAIN WEATHER offers you the most accurate detailed forecasts by using data from the best providers. You can see current weather conditions, hourly and daily forecasts as well as geoproximity weather and alerts for your given location. Thus, ensuring an inspiring outdoor activity at all times!.

When the weather is looking bad on the mountains and you're in need of a good forecast, it's not easy to find a reliable one online. In most cases, the information that is given is too generic or unclear. If you go for a local forecast from a mountain guide or tourist office, you'll usually have to pay a lot for getting this information. And that's where our website comes in: It presents detailed weather forecasts free of charge, even when you're offline.

Having seen my share of weather forecasts and mountain conditions, I started to get frustrated with how inaccurate they were. Nothing was specific enough. Sure, you might know what the forecast is on a city level but that doesn’t tell you everything. That’s why I created Mountain Weather. Weather can kill, which is why we’re always pumped to see applications in the wild that can make people safer. Mountain Weather is a new, free app for iOS users that brings detailed mountain forecasts to your iPhone.

Digital Mapping Guide

In the mapping world, there are a lot of companies providing different kinds of maps as digital products to the consumers. Some provide vector tiles, some raster tiles, some provide them both. This can be quite confusing for a newcomer, and it’s hard to know which services are better than others. There is no clear answer on this topic because even people inside the industry don’t agree. So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at what digital mapping is and how to start using digital mapping today.

If you are planning your online business, one of the most important steps is establishing yourself as an authority. An authority on what I hear you ask? My answer - an authority on digital mapping. Now, what is digital mapping as opposed to real world mapping? Simply put - digital mapping is the use of a digital map to inform a decision. These decisions can range from showing customer their cheapest travel routes across the country, or helping customers find products within a large warehouse.

Do you want to know how to use digital mapping for your website? Do you wonder how big the digital mapping market is? Can you get a good idea from this one post? Well, yes, and no. In reality it's going to take a little effort to get into digital mapping in any serious way, but this post gives the basics of what you need to know. It applies mainly to location-based sites and services, but there are also some useful explanations for site owners who aren't located anywhere near their audience.

There has been a lot of debate about digital mapping over the past couple of years. Digital mapping is one of the most important skills that you can learn for SEO in 2018. Below, you'll find a guide to help you start using digital mapping right away. If you've been wondering how to start using digital mapping, or just want to compare digital mapping packages, this article is for you. We've put together a simple guide to help you understand digital mapping.

Amongst the ancient beauty of the New Forest

A walk amongst the mighty and ancient trees of the New Forest not only offers a great wilderness experience but is also very rewarding in terms of photo opportunities. The forest is littered with tree species such as Oak, Yew, Birch, Aspen, Scots Pine, Sycamore and Beech. For more inspiration on where to hike in the Forest have a look at this post. We have four dogs and would love to bring them along but unfortunately they're banned.

Sorry!. As I browsed Pinterest for a new walking destination, I came across the New Forest. Browsing through the photos, I came across the “Walking In Hampshire” account who shared images from trails in the forest. Upon clicking on the image, you are directed to an article that features a map of routes in the area — Sounds promising? Luckily for me, I live not too far away and knew that Hampton was on the edge of the forest.

Amongst the ancient beauty of the New Forest with exciting events and competitions taking place this year, 'The World's Biggest Afternoon Tea'with Afternoon Tea Adventures, as well as an array of festivals at Beaulieu Palace, the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu and much more besides. At the very heart of England lies the New Forest – it’s a place of mystery, home to ancient oaks and beeches. Here, in the shadows of the great trees, you will find enlightenment.

Come walk these mystical paths with us and experience true beauty. If you’ve never heard of the New Forest, I am not surprised. This short drive from the center of Southampton remains a quintessential English landscape, teeming with wildlife, historical topiary gardens, and towering oak trees. Today I'll be sharing a simple guide on how to start using digital mapping. Mountain Weather is a fun app for anyone who loves the mountains and stays there or goes on the mountain.

Exploring the South Downs

The South Downs, as seen from Winchester. I will be spending the next four weeks backpacking the South Downs Way, the famous UK walk stretching from Winchester to Eastbourne (and hopefully beyond), and blogging about my experiences. The blog posts are intended for anyone thinking of hiking either the entire South Downs Way or a section of it along the way. I thought this would be a nice way to share my experiences with any First Years interested in making such a trip.

This website will also serve as a platform for me to research the trail more fully before embarking on my journey. Additionally, should anyone have any information or advice that they think may assist during my hike, please feel free to post comments that I can refer to later. The South Downs Way is a 100-mile (160 km) long-distance trail across the South Downs National Park in southern England. It was created by the Countryside Agency (now Natural England) as part of the United Kingdom National Trail scheme.

The South Downs Way runs from Winchester in Hampshire, westward along the spine of the South Downs towards Eastbourne on the coast of Sussex. The South Downs are protected as an area of outstanding natural beauty, and their proximity to London means that they’re one of the busiest national parks in the country. We’ve rounded up some of the most exhilarating hikes on this mystifying plateau, all starting from Winchester or nearby towns. The South Downs in England are a range of chalk hills that run for approximately 100 miles.

Stretching from Winchester to Eastbourne, the South Downs National Park allows visitors to hike, ride and camp across its flat summits and breath-taking landscapes. I decided to walk the South Downs Way a few years ago. It was a perfect escape from London and the crowds of city life and I took the opportunity to go on a mini adventure by myself, without having to travel too far. The chalk hills of the South Downs National Park are not the first place you would look for hiking trails.

Hinton Ampner

Mention the name Hinton Ampner to anyone in Hampshire and they will look back fondly on a childhood holiday, or year there. For us, Hinton Ampner was our family home for nearly 30 years. It had the entire history of English country house life crammed into it within its overgrown 3 acres of land just outside the village of Kilmeston---the traditional “estate village” made up of labourers’ cottages built between the main house and hall (or Park as it is known here).

Hinton Ampner is a fabulous place to walk and one of my favourite strolling spots near Winchester. It’s set within a conservation area, with lots of parkland and woodland (which is stunning in autumn) plus a lake which is a great spot for bird-watching. The estate has been owned by eight generations of the same family, and the current owner, Diana Rose Spencer-Churchill, Countess Spencer, is currently restoring it to its former glory. Hinton Ampner is a glorious Elizabethan manor house set in 70 acres of parkland, gardens and woodlands just outside the pretty village of Kilmeston in Hampshire.

It is a great place for a walk whether you are planning a family walk with children or wondering how many paces there are from Hinton Ampner to Winchester. Hinton Ampner is a National Trust property of great importance. Falling within the boundaries of the South Downs National Park, Hinton Ampner is a place of outstanding natural beauty. Home to a large deer park, lush farmland and acres of woods and parkland, it is an atmosphere ripe for walks and picnics.

Go out and enjoy nature with this four part walk, from a 1. 5 mile walk around Hinton Ampner Park to a 5 mile stroll that takes you to the historic village of Kilmeston. You will get the best idea of what it would be like have lived at Hinton Ampner since its construction in 1581. Tours of Hinton Ampner include the magnificent house with its exquisite plasterwork and grandiose staircase, the elegant ballroom that is furnished with fine paintings painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds and Gainsborough, and the beautiful parkland garden.

The Vyne

There’s a lot to do at The Vyne and in autumn and winter it's really worth going there. You can explore acres of their beautiful landscaped grounds which include a woodland, wetland area, and open meadows with views of the Great Lake. They have a café where you can enjoy traditional afternoon tea or lunch. They also host events throughout the year including murder mysteries, festivals, music evenings, talks, and even vintage skills weekends! Check out more of our great walks  here.

The Vyne is an estate in Hampshire offering miles of trails for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. Opportunities for truly wild camping don’t come much better than this. Surrounded by ancient beeches, oaks and conifers there are large areas of open heath, grassy rides, streams and ponds.  Woodland birds like woodcock and capercaillie can be found here, and in summer the estate is alive with rich and diverse flora including rare columbines. The centrepiece of the village is The Vyne, one of the finest Tudor mansions in Britain (the house was built by Sir Guy Wolston who fought at Agincourt alongside Henry V).

The mansion dominates the valley, which is dominated again by the chalk hills that frame it and make Basingstoke a beautiful source of inspiration for hikers and nature lovers. The Vyne is an exclusive 1000 acre estate in the heart of Hampshire. Its landscaped parkland, with its magnificent avenue of lime trees, sweeping lawns and mature gardens is now protected for generations to come thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund and The Vyne Act 2006.

Here at the Vyne we have a fantastic offer for you in 2017. You can take advantage of up to 40% discount on your stay with us. The Winter Forest Escape package includes :-. Stretching for 100 miles, the South Downs Way is one of the most popular long distance trails in England. The Solent Way is a 40-mile walk which stretches across the southern end of the Isle of Wight from East Cowes to Ryde.

New Forest

The New Forest, lying on the border between Hampshire and Dorset is the oldest of England’s national parks. It is an uplifting place to be in winter when trees are bare and skies are huge. At Rockford, Hale Purlieu and Hightown we have downloadable trails that take you through a broad range of winter landscapes; these range from bracken-covered heaths where ponies graze to clear streams and deep craggy mires full of rare wildlife.

A majestic landscape of wide, open skies, forested hillsides and dappled valleys. These rolling woods have been criss-crossed for centuries by ancient tracks and bridleways. Its a land of innocence, untouched by time. And it seems such a pity that we only visit in winter when the woodland floor is carpeted in brown leaves and the trees stand half-naked against bleak skies. New Forest. The beautiful wilderness of the New Forest is an uplifting place in winter.

Our downloadable trails at Rockford, Hale Purlieu and Hightown take in a broad mix of landscapes, from bracken-covered heaths where ponies graze, to streams and mires full of rare wildlife. The New Forest is an uplifting place in winter. Our downloadable trails at Rockford, Hale Purlieu and Hightown take in a broad mix of landscapes, from bracken-covered heaths where ponies graze, to streams and mires full of rare wildlife. In winter this is the place to experience the natural beauty of New Forest, with its dense conifer and oak woodland, gentle valleys and undulating heathland.

Walking in the South East

I’ll admit it. I’m a tad obsessed with walking. Whether it’s to clear my head, catch up with friends or simply because I love being in the fresh air and sunshine, there’s little that can beat a walk in the countryside. With springtime almost upon us, our teams across the South East have put together these great downloadable walks for you and your family and friends to try – from gentle strolls alongside the River Thames in Hampshire to high-energy hikes through Wiltshire’s stunning chalk hills.

Whether inspired by a recent family holiday to the South East or you are just looking for a great way to get back into walking, why not pick up a copy of our new booklet and try one of these walks. Some of the paths detailed are established favourite routes whilst others are trails recommended by colleagues from across the South East, so all walks are easily accessible. The South East is home to some of England's most spectacular walking with stunning landscapes and countryside.

There’s no need to drive miles to get to your favourite walks either. You can walk right outside your front door and feel as if you have escaped from the city as you escape onto nature’s wonderland. Walking is one of the best ways to explore the South East and get to know these Brecon Beacons National Park a bit better. Not only can it provide you with some of the most splendid views, but you can also find out more about historical buildings and stories behind them.

So you might have guessed it, we’re a big fan of walking here at Visit South East. Find out more about why the South East is such a great place to get out on the trails – and try one of our walks. There are so many great walks in the South East that you can easily access to enjoy a great day out with your family and friends. Take a look at the brochure online to plan your best route!.

Dog walking in Hampshire

I love the countryside. The fresh air, sounds of nature and wide open space; it really is a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. And what better way to enjoy it than with your dog by your side? Let’s face it, the dog always looks happy! We have over 11 miles of Green Flag Award-winning green spaces across Hampshire including Hinton Ampner and Ludshott Common, so you can take your canine companion on an exciting new adventure instead of a walk to the end of the road.

So you want to take your dog on a walk but don’t really know where to go. Well fear not because Hinton Ampner has an abundance of places for you and furry friend to go exploring. With four miles of forest trails and commons, it is easy to get out and enjoy the open spaces with your dog. Although New Forest is a great place to walk dogs, it’s also worth exploring the rest of Hampshire.

In this article we’ll focus on the beautiful village of Hinton Ampner and the surrounding area. It's not all about walks in the woods, you know. There are plenty of other things you can do with your dog, and at Hinton Ampner we've got some great natural spaces for you to enjoy. There’s plenty of information out there on dog walking in Hampshire, but we all like to hear it from the experts! We’ve listed a few top tips below:-.

Winchester Circular Walk. Moderate. 5 Miles.

The walk is mostly along the Itchen Way footpath and there are plenty of points to stop off and take photographs or just enjoy the scenery. The path meanders near the river for about 2 miles (past Ford Lock) and there are a few bridges to cross with river views, its a continuation of water and greenery that makes this area very popular with locals and visitors. Then you start to get near Catherines Hill and this is where you need to leave the river and start climbing towards it.

Winchester's circular walk is a great place to get out and enjoy the countryside. The walk up Catherines Hill is a steep climb but well worth the effort. For any nature lovers out there, this walk provides a range of habitats including rivers, meadows, marshes and woodland. In springtime you can find bluebells in the woodland towards the top of the hill. At the top of the hill are the remains of an Iron Age fort from around 300BC, which are among the best preserved in Britain.

We'll start off by heading up the Itchen Way footpath which merges into a small track after around 30 mins. The next mile or so is relatively flat with a couple of uphill/downhill bits until we get to Sopley near the Iron Age fort of Catherines Hill. You can walk up to the site for a quick visit - there are some great views on a good day! The path between Sopley and Hockley Viaduct can be quite muddy in places, but nothing too serious.

The Itchen Way is a mixture of a busy road section and a very peaceful river walk with the added bonus of a spectacular walking alongside the River Itchen on parts of the route. The water is crystal clear and you can see fish and even large carp (I saw one in May 2014 that was certainly around 40 lbs!!). This 5 mile circular walk (one way) starts at Hockley Viaduct, and follows the River Itchen upstream.

East Meon & Butser Hill. Moderate. 8.1 Miles.

The route continues along the South Downs Way, passing the bathing lake at Keepers Pond which was built in 1865. Next is a short climb to Knights Hill which offers excellent views of Petersfield in the valley below. From here you follow a trail through B2N woodland before reaching the popular village of Selborne. This part of the walk is extremely popular with walkers and cyclists, so care should be taken to keep to the path at all times.

If youre looking for a more relaxed walk but still want to see the best of the countryside this is a great option. It covers a large portion of the South Downs but avoids the major inclines. Starting at The Sustainability Centre you follow the ridge past East Meon village and into the New Forest National park, onto Butser Hill and then back to the centre through the village of Anstead. The Sustainability Centre is at the end of a track off Tanners Lane, East Meon.

To get there, head south out of East Meon on the A3100. At the roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the B2177 towards Liphook. Continue to follow this road as it curves to the right. The sustainable centre will be on your left and youll find parking opposite (there are limited spaces). On a clear day you should be able to see for over 30 miles. This is by far one of the most breath taking views in the country.

From here you can then follow the South Downs Way with some minor diversions onto some other great walks, or simply take a circular route back through East meon. The immediate section of the walk follows the disused railway line that was once used to winch coal from the many coal mines along the riverbank. Rockford and Hightown are both designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), attracting people from all over the world to take part in the annual Winter Trail Festival.

Jane Austen Circular Walk. Easy. 4.5 Miles.

If you look at a map of Hampshire, Chawton lies a mile southwest of Alton. This circular walk starts at her 17th century house (which is now Jane Austens House Museum). This short walk will lead you through the village - past the rectory and up to the church - around to the thatched cottage in which Austen's brother Edward once lived - and finally back down the lane towards the House Museum. The route then takes you onto a road out of the village and leads you across fields through farmland, adjoining villages, and hedge-framed views before returning you to Chawton - by a different route.

". This walk will take you through the beautiful village of Chawton. It begins and ends at Jane Austens House Museum, and is signposted from there to the village pub. You walk down the lane on which she lived, pass the old barn used as a smoking room, follow the path around to her brother Edward Knight's house (which you can only just see standing by itself behind trees five hundred yards or so from Jane Austen's house), then back along the other side of Chawton High Street where you can visit the village church or call into one of the cafes for refreshment.

You may be familiar with the square in Winchester where Jane Austen’s brother Edward lived. Or how about her uncle’s fine house at Deane near Basingstoke? But are you aware that her last home, Chawton Manor, is even closer to Hampshire’s county town? In fact, this circular walk takes in some of its most attractive attractions without going too far out of your way. Save $1. 27 by using our Jane Austen-inspired Guide to Alton.

Finchdean Circular Walk. Moderate. 4.5 miles.

This seemingly little-travelled public footpath takes walkers gradually southwards across the springy turf of a sloping, gently undulating, chalk downland field. The path passes close to the eastern edge of Idsworth Heath with its copses overlooking the lower reaches of the River Whitewater and skirts the northern side of Idsworth Hill. This moderate, circular walk is best begun by crossing a wooden cattle-grid over a farm track in Waterlooville by following public footpath signposts to Eastoke Farm.

Close to the cliffs lies Whitecliff Bay, a mecca for walkers and summer bathers. Just off-shore is Shores Cliff where a mining machine now rusts among the pebbles. The smell of tar still lingers in the air and the remains of a rifle range built during the Second World War can be seen. The area has varied wildlife, notable for Greylag and Egyptian geese and Reed buntings. Theres also an abundance of bird diversity. Insects abound particularly in summer with the heath areas being particularly attractive to butterflies especially the Speckled wood.