Walking in Hampshire

Staunton Country Park to Chalton

From the country park, the Way brushes the outskirts of Havant before turning northwards up Prospect Lane, a short section of Roman road. The path returns to Rowland’s Castle and past the village green. Here there was a 12th century motte and bailey castle, but all that remains today are two grasscovered masses of wall about 10 feet thick.

Continue on under the railway line and cross the Monarch’s Way again (a short walk east on this Way will bring you to the beautiful Stansted Park), before heading back out onto the quiet Downs and briefly into West Sussex.

The undulating path skirts round Stansted Forest and drops down to the curious sight of the 12th century church of St Hubert, sitting alone and abandoned in a field. The village and the manor house that it belonged to are long gone but you can still see the walled kitchen gardens of the manor house, and the church is famous for its 14th century wall-paintings. From the bench in the churchyard you can also distinguish the remains of a Roman field system.

A little further on and the route runs parallel to Chalton village from where you can cross over to the western side of the Way.

Distances 6 miles (10km) Time 3-4 hours

Accommodation
Petersfield Tourist Information Centre, tel 01730 268829

 

Staunton Country Park to Chalton route map

Route map