Category Archives: Walks

East Tisted and the Farringdons

Date: Saturday 17th February
Meet Time: 1045 Start Time: 1100
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Miles: 9
Walk Type: Moderate

Leader Name: Stephen C
Phone: 07816 965917

Description: A scenic route through fields, along lanes, skirting Selborne common, and passing by three churches and a House.  We’ll get to enjoy plenty of stiles, of all styles, and squeeze through a couple of gaps.  And if the current forecast is true there should still be plenty of mud about !

Please bring drink/refreshment for a picnic lunch stop along the route.  Drinks afterwards in the Golden Pheasant, Lower Farringdon (on the A32).

Directions: You can find the village hall at East Tisted, on the A32 south of Alton.  The entrance to the Hall is just south of the turning to Hawkley/Selborne/Village Shop, nearly opposite the bus stop shelter.  Parking for approximately 15 cars is available to the rear of the building.  Please car share if possible.

Starting point

East Tisted Village Hall, Car Park to left-rear of building.
A £1 per car donation to Hall funds will be collected.

Grid reference: SU701321
Nearest postcode: GU34 3QW
SatNav: N51.0843866, W1.000877

Kingsclere, Up/Down Watership Down

Date: Sunday 18th February

Distance: 14.5 miles

Walk Grade: Moderate

Meet Time: 1015 Start Time: 1030

Walk Leader: Andrew Mathewson
Phone: 07871 783736

Description: A pleasantly varied walk in the North of the county with some great views both from and of the Hampshire Downs. The walk divides roughly into three parts. First a walk out from Kingsclere at the foot of the downs. Secondly, an ascent of the scarp slope to the ridge and walk along the ridge, including along the top of Watership Down. . Finally, turning south onto the dip slope before the descent back to Kingsclere. The walk has both climbs and falls, but nothing very steep. Please bring a packed lunch. There will be the opportunity for a pub stop during the afternoon and/or in Kingsclere at the end.

Start: Meet at the St Mary’s Church Kingsclere. There is a small public car park near the church but if this is full you will need to park considerately where you can in the village.

Coordinates: Church SU526587
Nearest Postcode: RG20 5PJ

Temple Of The Winds

Date: Sunday 4th March

Miles: 8.75 approx

Leader: Phil H
Phone: 07710 221415

Meet time: 1030 Start time: 1045

Description: A delightful varied countryside walk through fields, wooded areas, across streams and even along them! A profusion of photo opportunities! Please bring a packed lunch as we’ll be stopping to rest our legs midway before our ascent to the “Temple of the Winds”, where you will behold stunning views of West Sussex and the South Downs. It will be a tough going 10-15 minute steep climb, but worth it all the same. But don’t worry, it’s downhill all the way after that and finishing at a hostelry of light refreshment.

Walk type: Moderate

Other information: Dogs are allowed but at the owner’s discretion as there are several sheep fields to walk through up until midway and it will be lambing season. There are several signs to keep dogs on leads that will need to be adhered to.

Refreshments afterwards if required at The Red Lion pub.

Start and meeting point: The recreation ground car park next to The Red Lion pub in Fernhurst. Ample free parking.

Nearest postcode: The Green, Fernhurst, GU27 3HY
Map coordinates: SU 90026 28548

The Test Way

Dates:   Sat/Sun  29/30 Sep + 13/14 Oct

The Test Way is a 44-mile long-distance walking route that will take you from its dramatic start, high on the chalk downs at Inkpen, to follow much of the course of the River Test to Eling where its tidal waters flow into Southampton Water. Without doubt, the Test is one of Hampshire’s finest chalk streams, world famous for its superb trout fishing.

Would you like to walk the Test Way over four days, i.e. two weekends, with about 11 miles each day (linear) ? We’ll do some car shuttling to sort out the logistics! The above dates are Plan A, but the weekend of 27/28 October (when the clocks change) is a possible stand-by.

Please let me know if you would like to walk the full route by sending an email to asap.  Let me know your availability on the two weekends listed but also on the 27/28 October too.   Walk Leader’s decision on dates is final :)

P.S. Each of the sections can be walked as a standard group day walk if you don’t want to commit to the whole route.