Walking in Bolderwood
The New Forest
Hampshire's landscape is a rich fabric of contrasts and the beauty of some of England's most inspiring countryside can easily be experienced on foot. Open downlands, tranquil valleys, charming villages, lowland heaths, ancient woodlands and an attractive coastline can all be explored on Hampshire's 3,000 miles of footpaths, bridleways and byways.
Long Distance Walks
Hampshire has a network of 12 long distance routes for the more serious walker, including the Clarendon Way from Winchester to Salisbury, the Wayfarer's Walk from Portsmouth to the Berkshire border, Shipwright's Way from the South Downs National Park to Portsmouth Harbour, the 23 mile Blackwater Valley Path located on the borders of north east Hampshire. Maps and leaflets of short and circular walks are also available to download free.
A variety of guided walks have been organised around the county by a number of organisations. If you are interested in walks around Hampshire's towns, cities or the countryside then this is a great way to discover even more about the area with a local guide on hand to bring the countryside to life with their knowledge and enthusiasm. Details of forthcoming guided walks in the North East of the county can be found on the Hart District Council website.
You can follow Jane Austen's footsteps through a circular walk from Chawton to Farringdon and there is also the Jane Austen Trail, a walking route from Alton High Street to Chawton. The Edward Thomas circular walk has stunning views of the South Downs and hangers. It is a 4 mile circular walk and the area round Steep near Petersfield which was an inspiration for the poet.
Follow in the footsteps of Flora Thompson and William Cobett, amongst other literary greats, in East Hampshire. Downlaod the walks from the East Hampshire District Council website.
Maps & guides
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Hidden Britain Tours are the ideal way to experience the wildlife, traditions and beauty of Hampshire.
The perfect route for all levels of walkers, from Croydon to East Sussex.
Three kilometres of promenade now links Portsmouth’s historic waterfront. The route starts from Spur Redoubt near Clarence Pier, Southsea and finishes on The Hard, taking in Old Portsmouth, the Camber and Gunwharf Quays.
An eighty-hectare site surrounding the fortifications of Hilsea Lines ancient monument