Flora Thompson, of Lark Rise and Candleford fame, inspired this circular walk on Weavers Down and Holly Hills near Liphook.
Flora Thompson came to Liphook in August 1916, when her husband John was appointed postmaster here. In 1926 they bought a newly-built house, Woolmer Gate, and spent the next two years living there, before leaving the area for Dartmouth in 1928. It is the second house you will pass on this walk.
East Hampshire has a wealth of literary associations. The literary walks have been devised to illustrate the work of six important writers who were close observers of their natural (and social) environment. Their combined experiences span more than two centuries of East Hampshire life.
Distance: 6 miles.
Liphook lies off the A3, 12 miles north of Petersfield. The walk starts in the cul-de-sac off Longmoor Road, 2½ miles west of Liphook.
Rail: Liphook Station is the closes and its a 30 minute walk up Portsmouth Road and along Longmoor Road to the start of the walk.
Places of interest: Liphook Library, where a bust of Flora Thompson by Philip Jackson can be seen. Flora Thompson lived in the house on the left as you walk back towards Longmoor Road from the Library. Note the plaque on the wall.
Places to eat: The Deer’s Hut, Griggs Green and Old Thorns.
The route can been downloaded below (PDF).
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