Hawkley to Steep
Leave Hawkley and cross a stream to reach the medieval hamlet of Oakshott.
Continue along the Way and climb the steepest ascent of the whole path, from Oakshott up to the Shoulder of Mutton Hill. In a clearing on the hill is The Poet’s Stone, dedicated to the memory of local poet Edward Thomas who was killed at the Battle of Arras in 1917.
Walk along to Ashford Hill, down into Lutcombe Bottom and along a boggy valley to arrive in Steep. The scenery is such that this area is known as ‘Little Switzerland’.
Passing through the churchyard of All Saints Church, some tombs of Jane Austen’s family can be found.
Distances 3.5 miles (5.5km), 1-2 hours Large route map
Petersfield Tourist Information Centre tel 01730 268829
The Trooper Inn, Froxfield, tel 01730 827293
The Harrow Inn, Steep, tel 01730 262685
The Cricketers Inn, Steep, tel 01730 261035