Edward Thomas Circular Walk
Steep near Petersfield
Edward Thomas was a celebrated writer who was born in Lambeth and eventually moved to the Hampshire village of Steep where he turned to writing poems. Thomas and his family made the move when he and his wife Helen decided their children would be educated at Bedales School. The author lived in a red brick house in the village and drew inspiration to write his poems from the beautiful Hampshire countryside which surrounds Steep.
Today a 4 mile circular walk with stunning views of the South Downs National Park now honours the author and his home village. On the walk you will explore areas of inspiration for the poet, see the Red House which was his home from 1909 to 191 and visit Steep Church which contains two engraved windows commemorating the centenary of his birth.
The walk will also take you to Mutton Hill which is located above the village of Steep. The hill offers panoramic views of the South Downs National Park and it is believed that Edward would reguarly walk up the hill. Today you can find a memorial stone Edward Thomas Memorial on the shoulder of the which was dedicated to the writer in 1937.
Distance: 4 miles.
Car parking: From the A3 take the Petersfield and Winchester exit, and at the roundabout follow the sign for Petersfield. At the next mini roundabout turn left up Bell Hill. At the Cricketers Pub turn right, following the sign for Steep. There is limited parking in Church Road. The walk starts at Steep Church.
Rail: Petersfield Station. From here its a 30 minute walk up Tilmore Road, joining the Hangers Way footpath to Steep church.
Bus: Service 37 from Havant to Alton stops at Petersfield Train Station.
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