The Hangers Way is a 21-mile long-distance walking route
The route begins at Alton Railway Station, out into the lush Hampshire countryside, along a series of steep-sided wooded hills, known as “The Hangers”, through the pretty market town of Petersfield to finish at Queen Elizabeth Country Park.
The Way has been divided into eight sections, each providing a really good day out. Choose between quiet villages or bustling market towns, meadow picnics or cosy pubs, steep hills with exhilarating views or cool, peaceful woodland. The route passes through the famous village of Selborne, once home to Gilbert White, the 18th century naturalist and author of “The Natural History of Selborne”.
The Hangers are probably the richest woodlands on English chalk. Here the chalk that covers the central and northern parts of Hampshire abruptly ends in a scarp slope giving way to farmland.
Under the deeply shaded canopies, a specialised group of flowers and wildlife thrives: fungi, insects and rare molluscs such as the cheese snail. In the sunny clearings and glades, very different kinds of wild flowers can be found. Early purple orchid, nettle-leaved bellflower, bird’s nest orchid, wild garlic and stinking hellebore are just a few. Also in these sunny spots, look for some of the many rare insects and butterflies such as the grizzled skipper, Duke of Burgundy fritillary or white hairstreak.
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