3 of the best Hampshire dog walks
PUBLISHED: 11:44 04 January 2016 | UPDATED: 11:41 02 May 2018
Head out with your hound for a breath of fresh air on one of these great Hampshire dog walks
Queen Elizabeth Country Park, nr Petersfield
All dogs are welcome to explore over 2000 acres at Queen Elizabeth Country Park. Play fetch in the fields, go for a ramble among the trees or enjoy one of the lovely trails throughout the park. Choose from 1.9miles, 1.7 miles or to really tire you both out, attempt the five mile woodland trail. There is a café on site and picnic spots located throughout for when you’re ready for a rest and a bite to eat.
Manor Farm Country Park, nr Southampton
With 400 acres of woodland, riverside and open space to explore there are sure to be plenty of sights and smells to keep those tails wagging. Play fetch in the fields, go for a ramble through the trees, or even let your hound enjoy a splash in the river. The Dog Exercise Field at Toplands is also provided for dog owners wishing to train or exercise their dogs within an enclosed space. Open from April to October, it is free to use during the week, charges apply at weekends.
St Catherine’s Hill, nr Winchester
A58 hectare flower-rich chalk grassland with an abundance of wild flowers and butterflies, this is a great place to enjoy wildlife, ancient monuments and the most spectacular views over Winchester, the Itchen Valley and the surrounding countryside. The hill stands 70m above the river valley with 100+ steps on the north and south sides. There is a flatter route via the surfaced footpath parallel to the Itchen Navigation, then along the un-surfaced bridleway along Plague Pit valley. There are worn grass paths that criss-cross the hill, valley and ridge which are easier to access with your dogs.