This walk takes you to the north east of Hampshire, to Hook, a large village about six miles from Basingstoke.
Length: 2.68 miles
Time: 1 hour
Start point: London Road, Hook.
Getting there: Daily train services operate to Hook station. Alternatively, Stagecoach Buses in Hampshire, number 200 hourly.
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This is a lovely easy walk for the family. You’ll often see deer in the fields. It takes you over to the village of Rotherwick, with its duck pond, 13th century church and two country pubs.
From the centre of Hook turn off London Road onto Sheldon Road. Continue straight along paths and across three roads until you pass Shirlen’s Copse on your right, just after crossing Goose Green Road.
Cross the streams. Follow the path (with fields to the left), until you reach an iron gate after 500 metres. Take the left path. Walk round the field, cross the track and up across the field (see Tylney Hall to your left). Go over a stile to the left corner of the next field. Turn right at the road and right again after about 20 metres down a bridleway. Pass the duck pond and join the main street in Rotherwick.
At Rotherwick turn right past the Coach and Horses pub. Then, turn right onto a footpath after four cottages. Continue on this path for 600 metres, cross the track into the next field. Continue accross open field to the corner of Great Nightingales. Keeping the copse on your left follow the footpath back to Sheldon Road.
Walk submitted by Hook Parish Council. From a leaflet it has produced in partnership with Hampshire County Council.