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10 of Hampshire's best winter walks

PUBLISHED: 11:54 18 November 2010 | UPDATED: 18:11 20 February 2013

When: Sunday, February 20, 11am, meet at Barnfield Kiosk, Manor Farm Country 
Park, Bursledon.

When: Sunday, February 20, 11am, meet at Barnfield Kiosk, Manor Farm Country Park, Bursledon.

Charlotte Tomlinson-White tracks down 10 of the best organised walks to join this winter

Bird-Spotting Walk


What: Join Hampshire Ornithological Society for a guided walk around Alresford Pond and Watercress Beds. Led by John Clark and Nick Wiley, the walk will endure 4 miles over relatively flat ground.
When: Sunday, November 28, 10am, park in Broad Street, Alresford, and meet at the bottom of the street.
Dont miss: Alresfords famous watercress beds, plus the possibility of seeing Green Sandpipers and Kingfishers.
Grab a bite: The Bell, with fine food freshly cooked from local produce, a well stocked wine cellar and choice of malt whiskies.
Price: Free
Booking necessary: Yes
Contact details: Hampshire Ornithological Society 02380 618604


The Winter Wood Tree Identification Walk


What: Learn how to identify the wide variety of trees found in Manor Farm Country Park during wintertime on this Ranger-led guided walk.
When: Sunday, February 20, 11am, meet at Barnfield Kiosk, Manor Farm Country Park, Bursledon.
Dont miss: Your chance to explore this woodland with over 150 acres and a designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
Grab a bite: The Jolly Sailor in Old Burseldon with its riverside location, real ales and tasty food.
Price: Adult 3, child 1, plus parking charge.
Booking necessary: Yes
Contact details: Manor Farm Country Park on 01489 787055


Winter Birds at Normandy Marsh


What: Wrap up warm, don your boots and join Hampshire County Council Ranger Pete Durnell for a 2 hour walk around Normandy Marsh courtesy of Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.
When: Sunday, December 5, 10.30am. Park in Maiden Lane, Lymington and meet at the junction with Normandy Lane, near Eight Acre Pond.
Dont miss: Your chance to see wintering wildfowl and waders in the best preserved examples of medieval salt workings in southern England.
Grab a bite: Jump in the car for a short drive to Pebble Beach Restaurant with its stunning sea views and extensive menu.
Price: Suggested donation 1.50.
Booking necessary: No
Contact details: Theo Jarman on 01794 514825


Forest Foraging at Lime Wood


What: Organised by Lime Wood Hotel, the walk is led by forager Garry Eveleigh and varies between 2 miles and 6 miles in length taking in the lovely landscape between Lyndhurst and Brockenhurst. There is no set route foraging walks go wherever the wild food can be found.
When: Not scheduled and subject to availability. Guests can book
their walk when making their hotel reservation.
Dont miss: The splendour of identifying and gathering your own food and then feasting on the fruits of the forest later once it has been turned into sumptuous cuisine.
Grab a bite at: Whitley Ridge in Brockenhurst with its tasty seasonal menu made from locally sourced produce.
Price: 120 which includes dinner at Lime Wood.
Booking necessary: Yes (open to guests of Lime Wood only)
Contact details: Lime Wood on 023 8028 7177


Mottisfonts Winter Wonderland Ramble


What: Organised by the National Trust country estate of Mottisfont near Romsey, this two hour ramble led by Countryside Manager Phil Marshall explores the historic Mottisfont estate, farmland and ancient woodlands, including the valleys of the Rivers Test and Dun.
When: Sunday, January 2, 11am, starting at the Stable Block inside Mottisfonts grounds.
Dont miss: this chance to see areas of the estate that are not usually open to the public, including beautiful stretches of one of Englands most famous chalk streams, the River Test.
Grab a bite: enjoy hearty and warming meals at Mottisfonts caf, which uses a wide variety of locally sourced produce.
Price: 4.
Booking essential: Yes
Contact details: Mottisfont on 01794 344020


Santa Stroll


What: Organised by Rowans Hospice, choose your festive outfit either Santa suits or reindeer antlers with flashing noses and enjoy a walk through Hampshires biggest country park. Choose between a 4km rugged route, or for families with small children, there is a tots trails suitable for pushchairs.
When: Saturday, December 11, 10am, meet at the Totem Pole outside the Visitors Centre, Queen Elizabeth Country Park.
Dont miss: This great opportunity to have some festive fun and fundraise for charity, plus indulge in hot chocolate and mince pies on completion of the walk.
Grab a bite: The Hampshire Hog with its locally sourced menu.
Price: 10 for adults and2.50 for children.
Booking necessary: Yes
Contact details: Fundrasing Team, Rowans Hospice 023 9223 8531


Winchester Ramblers Festival of Winter Walks New Years Day Walk


What: Celebrate the New Year with a pleasant walk through woodland and downlands to the east and north of Stockbridge in the morning and to the west and south in the afternoon. The walk is a figure of eight returning to the Vine at lunchtime allowing walkers to complete just the morning (5 miles) or just the afternoon (3 miles) section if preferred.
When: Saturday, January 1, starting from The Vine, High Street, Stockbridge at 10.30am (parking is free in Stockbridge High Street)
Dont miss: The views to both north and south of Stockbridge Down.
Grab a bite at: The Vine has an excellent snack and lite bite menu with baguettes and sandwiches.
Booking Essential: Yes
Contact details: Barbara Sturgess on 01962 869685


Dickens Christmas Walks


What: Portsmouth Guiding Service will be leading a guided walk around the area where the Dickens family lived and worked. This circular walk will last approximately an hour and cover no more than 2 miles.
When: Sunday, December 5, 12 and 19, 2.30pm, meet at The Visitor Information Centre next to the Dockyard entrance in Portsmouth.
Dont miss: Listen intently to excerpts from the novelists works while indulging in seasonal refreshments.
Grab a bite: The Fox and Hounds serves traditional pub grub.
Price: 3 per adult.
Booking necessary: No
Contact details: Visitor information Centre 023 9282 6722


Enjoy a walk with a different perspective


What: Organised by PhotoNewForest.com, this 3 mile morning PhotoTrek (with professional photography tuition for novices and improvers) takes in a New Forest stream, cottage, rolling plain and enclosures in one of the less well visited areas of the National Park to the north of Bolderwood.
When: Saturday, December 5, meeting at 8am, in Bolderwood.
Dont miss: The quintessential view of a foresters cottage; the detail of the many yew trees and the natural beauty of this wonderful National Park.
Grab a bite at: The Royal Oak at Fritham, for real local food and a good selection of cask ales.
Price: 55 per person including all tuition, coffee and flapjack.
Booking necessary: Yes
Contact details: Ian Badley on 01590 681544


Birds at Bunny Meadows


What: A short guided walk along the banks of the River Hamble in search of Kingfishers and other seasonal birdlife.
When: Sunday, November 28, 1.30pm, meet at Passage Lane car park, Warsash
Dont miss: the local Country Park on the west bank, with an expanse of woodland, tidal river banks, and a collection of historic farm buildings.
Grab a bite: Just a short drive to gastro pub The Bugle in Hamble with its delicious seasonal food menu.
Price: 4 per adult; 2 per accompanied child.
Booking necessary: Yes
Contact details: Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve 01329 662145

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