Winter walks in Hampshire
PUBLISHED: 11:02 03 February 2017 | UPDATED: 11:03 03 February 2017
Is there anything more refreshing than a stroll on a crisp winter’s day? We don’t think so! Here are a few of our favourite rambles across the county to enjoy this season
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On the west side of the valley, overlooking the village is the rather grand Rotherfield Park. The present house was built in the early 1800’s in a Tudor Gothic style, though the manor of Rotherfield dates back to the 12th century, when it was owned by Adam de Rotherfield.
Head to King’s Somborne for a long walk in the Test Valley, following a Roman Road and visiting the site of a former palace.
This walk is based in the North Hampshire village of Ashford Hill, home to some picturesque thatched cottages, a Victorian pub, The Ship Inn and the Victorian Gothic-styled church – St Pauls – though this lies some distance from the village centre.
The North Hampshire Downs, to the west of Basingstoke, forms the southern edge of the North Wessex Downs area of outstanding natural beauty which encompasses a large tract of unspoilt rolling chalk downland, an open landscape that offers some great walks as you’ll discover.
Keep an eye out for some unusual animals on a walk around Owslebury on the western edge of the South Downs National Park, near to Marwell Zoo.
Edward Griffiths enjoys the windswept heights of The Dorsetshire Gap, an area steeped in history and the site of a junction where five ancient tracks meet. The little village of Steep has had a number of famous residents over the years, including the poet, Edward Thomas (1878-1917), who took inspiration for his poetry from the countryside around him.
On the outskirts of Lyndhurst the walk dives into wooded countryside, where you can choose between a long walk, or one that is slightly shorter. The longer walk meanders along tracks between wooded enclosures before crossing a stream at Holmhill Passage and then following The Ridge back to Lyndhurst; the shorter walk takes a more direct route to The Ridge.
Steve Davison heads for the rolling countryside of the North Wessex Downs for an easy walk at Hurstbourne Tarrant. The picturesque village of Hurstbourne Tarrant lies within the southern boundary of the North Wessex Downs, an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) that encompasses some of the finest chalk countryside in Britain.
This walk, a figure-of-eight stroll which can easily be split into two shorter walks if required, is based at historic Botley and follows parts of the Strawberry Trail - a 15-mile route that weaves its way through an area that was once well-known for the sweet, red fruits.
Steve Davison suggests ten short walks across Hampshire to get you out in the bracing fresh air.
Steve Davison heads to Fleet Pond in the north eastern corner of Hampshire for a breath of fresh air after the festive period.