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5 Beautiful Autumnal Walks in Hampshire

By Sarah Frost – 4th October 2020
walks in hampshire

Walks in Hampshire

 

Hampshire is a stunning county all year round, but Autumn is the perfect time of year for a brisk walk followed by a pub lunch. If you follow my Instagram ( www.instagram.com/girlabouthampshire ) then you’ll know that walking is one of my hobbies. I have several route suggestions there but for this blog post, I’ve picked five of the best Autumnal walks in Hampshire. To save you Googling, I’ve also recommended a local pub for lunch during/after your stroll.

 

 

5. Cliddesden – Farleigh – Ellisfield loop

Length: 6 miles

Buggy-friendly: No

 

This is a lovely loop that takes in the beauty of the North Hampshire Downs. Parking can be found at Cliddesden School (evenings and weekends).

The walk begins with a footpath at the edge of the car park, which leads up through woods to St Andrew’s Church. This is where my husband and I were married, so we always take a photo as we pass. You’ll pass through fields, woods and small country lanes as you proceed around the route. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon stroll and you could stop for a lunch at The Fox Inn, Ellisfield. You’ll be rewarded at the end with views of Basingstoke as you walk along a ridge.

Route information: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/england/hampshire/cliddesden-and-ellisfield

Pub stop: https://www.thefoxpubellisfield.co.uk/

 

 

4. The Vyne National Trust, Basingstoke

Length: varies from 1-5 miles

Buggy-friendly: Yes

 

The Vyne is wonderful in the Autumn as the trees change colour from green to orange. There’s a large woodland area to walk in, with three routes. The green, yellow and brown routes are well labelled so you can choose how long you’d like to walk for. You could incorporate your walk with a look around the house, or a visit to the tea rooms.

For refreshments, you can visit the Queen’s College Arms which has a large pub garden, and a cosy fire – depending on the weather.

Ticket information: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/the-vyne

Pub stop: https://www.queenscollegearms.co.uk/

3. Dogmersfield and the Basingstoke Canal

Length: 5 miles

Buggy-friendly: No

 

Free parking can be found in a car park on Sprat’s Hatch Lane, just across from the Barley Mow Inn. This walk begins alongside the Basingstoke Canal, which does get muddy in places. There are also 16 stiles along the route, although it’s still suitable for dog walkers. You’ll get views of the canal, fields and a lake in Dogmersfield Park.

For post-walk refreshments, you’re close to the Barley Mow which is a dog-friendly pub with a garden area.

Route information: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/england/hampshire/dogmersfield-and-the-basingstoke-canal

Pub stop: http://www.barley-mow.com/

 

 

2. Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway

Length: 200 acres to explore

Buggy-friendly: Yes

 

Autumn is when the gardens at Exbury really come alive. There’s an extensive collection of acers that turn the most vibrant shades of red and orange, causing stunning reflections in the ponds. There are still dahlias flowering in October there, and many other plants to see. They also have some special events on for October half term including a spooky ghost train and bat box painting.

For more information on what to expect, read my previous blog post about my visit here.

Ticket information: https://www.exbury.co.uk/

Pub stop: https://www.theroyaloakbeaulieu.co.uk/

 

1. Owslebury – Twyford Loop

Length: 5, 6 or 9 miles

Buggy-friendly: No

 

My favourite walk I’ve discovered this year is this one. You can park at the Ship Inn, Owslebury to start the loop, or alternatively in Twyford. The walk takes you through some pretty Hampshire villages and offers fantastic views over the valleys. The 5 and 9 mile options take you past the entrance of Marwell Zoo and as you walk along the perimeters you might be able to spot a giraffe or zebra through the fence. This is quite a hilly route, and there are nettles and muddy patches so dress accordingly.

For food and drink, I’d recommend the Ship Inn. It has a huge garden if the weather is fine, and the best pie in Hampshire on the menu!

Route information: http://www.fancyfreewalks.org/Hampshire/Twyford.pdf?version=may20

Pub stop: https://theshipinnowslebury.pub/

 

Enjoy!

 

Sarah x

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