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Rural Escapes in Hampshire

Explore the tranquil beauty of rural Hampshire.

With its gentle walks, pretty villages and welcoming pubs, Hampshire’s countryside is a hidden gem for visitors.

Here you’ll find historic houses, fascinating museums and ancient market towns, with excellent travel links to London and beyond.

Hampshire has 3,000 miles of footpaths and 750 miles of cycle paths, surrounded by beautiful and varied scenery all year round.

Stretching from the South Downs National Park in the east to the New Forest National Park in the west and the North Wessex Downs in the north, the county is renowned for its ancient woodland, rolling hills and meandering chalk streams.

Charming thatched cottages nestle against traditional inns and tea rooms, many serving excellent local produce.

From medieval Winchester to the foodie destination of Stockbridge or one of Hampshire’s many farmers’ markets, there’s plenty to tempt the taste buds.

For foodie events, try the Watercress Festival at Alresford or Trout and About in the Test Valley.

If you love literature, follow in the footsteps of Jane Austen at her family home in Chawton or visit naturalist Gilbert White’s house at Selborne.  

For a taste of Hampshire’s heritage, visit medieval Romsey, Mottisfont Abbey, or the Hospital of St Cross in Winchester.

The Vyne near Basingstoke also has a fascinating history while the Watercress Line offers nostalgic journeys by steam train.

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Queen Elizabeth Country Park

Queen Elizabeth Country Park

Fourteen hundred acres of downland and woodland situated in the South Downs National Park. Waymarked trails for walking, cycling and horse riding. Play trails, barbecues for hire. Programme of events and...

Whitchurch Silk Mill

Whitchurch Silk Mill

A gem of industrial heritage in beautiful, rural Hampshire, Whitchurch Silk Mill is a 19th century water mill that weaves English silk fabrics using 19th century machinery. The Mill is open to the public and...

Hawk Conservancy Trust

Hawk Conservancy Trust

The Hawk Conservancy Trust is a full day out for all the family.  There are up to three world-class flying displays each day which showcase the skill of our birds, over 150 birds of prey on view from the tiny...

Mid-Hants Railway 'Watercress Line'

Mid-Hants Railway 'Watercress Line'

Let the train take the strain as you sit back, relax and travel through the heart of the English countryside. Whether you are taking a trip down memory lane or creating new ones, it’s the perfect way to unwind...

Jane Austen's House Museum

Jane Austen's House Museum

From 1809 until 1817 Jane Austen lived in Chawton village near Alton with her mother, her sister Cassandra and their friend Martha Lloyd. Restored to the rural Hampshire she loved, Jane turned again to writing...

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