5 things to do in Hampshire this week - National Trust walks

PUBLISHED: 17:54 23 November 2020 | UPDATED: 17:54 23 November 2020

Mottisfont (c) Herry Lawford, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Mottisfont (c) Herry Lawford, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)


While Hampshire’s busy events schedule takes a hiatus during this latest lockdown, we’ll be suggesting a selection of outdoor and home-based activities that all comply with the latest guidelines

This week we’ll be featuring a selection of Hampshire’s best walks in the grounds of the county’s National Trust sites. Please check all local information through the links provided before heading out as parking and other arrangements may have changed

Dutton Estate Walk at Hinton Ampner

At whatever time of year you decide to take this four-mile route through Ralph Dutton’s stunning estate you’ll be treated to a variety of beautiful landscapes whether they be swathes of delicate bluebells or vibrant autumn shades.

After fire engulfed the original property it was rebuilt in 1960 and today it is as deep-rooted in the countryside panorama as any other feature in the area whether that be manmade or natural.

Hinton Ampner

Mottisfont Estate Walk

Running close to the River Test and River Dun, the sounds of babbling brooks next to ancient trees will be a common feature while you embark on this six-mile walk that can take up to four hours if you take things slow.

Dogs are very welcome to join you on your walk but it is recommended that you keep them on a lead at times when you pass grazing animals.


Woodland walk at The Vyne

While it is suggested that this walk in the grounds of a former Tudor powerhouse is best during autumn, its woodland, medieval fish pond and remnants of a WWII storage site are well worth visiting at any time of the year.

At just 1.5 miles in length this route is one of the quicker to complete on our list but it still manages to pack in an awful lot of interest and intrigue in a short period of time.

The Vyne

Walk to the Huff Duff

This peculiarly named spot - an old directional station - is located in the New Forest’s Northern Commons and during this four-mile walk you’ll experience lots of the military history that defines the area.

As well as that you’ll also come across many far-reaching views Ibsley Common while wet heathlands and bogs provide further highlights a little closer to the route you’re on.

Ibsley Sunrise

Stockbridge Down

Some of the county’s best countryside views are on the cards when you take a 1.5-mile walk at this chalk hill that’s part of the wider Mottisfont Estate.

You’ll take in these stunning views from a spot that used to be an Iron Age hillfort while there are also a number of Bronze Age burial mounds at the site which can be best seen in winter when the summer grasses have died down for the colder months.

Stockbridge Down


For more information about any of the events listed above; how to get there, how to book tickets and prices, please follow the links in the event name.

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