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.
In order to help plan your visit to Hampshire, we have provided a collection of links below to the more popular sections of our site.
As well as important travel information, you will find further information and recommendations on:
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...
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...
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...
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...
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Hampshire has miles of beautiful coastline and offers excellent opportunities to pursue outdoor activities such as wind surfing, sailing and canoeing.
Hampshire has proved a fertile ground for many celebrated writers over the last few centuries, drawn to the beauty of its countryside and heritage.
Hampshire is scattered with beautiful country parks for all the family to enjoy. There is plenty to do in the wonderful open greenland and forests.
Visit one of Hampshire's rivers or canals for a relaxing walk or cycle along tow paths and river banks that boast rare and exciting flora and fauna.
Hampshire's market towns offer hidden delights, from independent shops selling antiques, crafts and gifts to welcoming pubs and restaurants with delicious local food.
Hampshire is extremely privileged to be home to two beautiful national parks: the South Downs National Park and the New Forest National Park.
Discover foodie days out ideas for all the family, from country pubs to feeding time at the zoo