Hawkley Circular Walk Inspired by William Cobbett
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.
William Cobbett was born in Farnham, Surrey. He had a varied and colourful career in the Army, in publishing, politics and farming. He once farmed near Botley, Hampshire, and was a Member of Parliament in his later years.
This walk includes places he visited in Rural Rides. The journey down the Hampshire hangers was made by Cobbett on Sunday 24 November 1822, and published in his newspaper The Political Register later (1930) included in his book Rural Rides.
Distance: 6 Miles
The route is moderately strenuous if completed in full, but can be divided into two circuits. The first circuit is 4 miles long and includes some steep inclines. The shorter second circuit is 2 miles long (1 hour) and less arduous.
Car Parking: Warren Corner is 3½ miles north-west of Petersfield on the road up Stoner Hill linking with the A32 at Hedge Corner. There is a limited pull in for a couple of cars at the end of the green lane. Do not block the lane or entrance to field. For the shorter walk alternative, roadside parking is near the church in Hawkley village.
Rail: Petersfield Station (3 miles) Liss Station (3 miles):
Places of interest: St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church, Hawkley.
Places to eat: The Hawkley Inn and The Trooper Inn.
Download the route below (PDF).
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