Walking in Hampshire
From the locally renowned hangers (steep sided wooded valleys), to fantastic secluded pubs, to mile upon mile of footpath, bridleway and byway, this relatively small area has much to offer. This little loop starts at the back of the Selborne Arms and takes approximately 1 ½ to 2 hours to do.
Why not do a Sunday morning walk followed by a hearty Sunday roast at one of the 2 pubs in Selborne, both of which have a great selection of ales.
Along the walk, you may catch glimpses of roe deer, buzzards getting mobbed by crows, various water fowl, if you're really lucky, a kingfisher darting along the river.
- From the car park head for the main road. Turn left, and cross the road right up towards the church. Head through the right hand gate and cross churchyard to little gate at end.
- Descend to bottom of field and go over bridge. Walk along footpath following signs for Hangers Way. Through next kissing gate, continue straight on.
- At next kissing gate (lakes in field), follow waymark for Hangers Way (route forks left). Across field, over wooden bridge and stile, up hill, and over next stile.
- Through next kissing gate, and follow path over field. Once over stile at other end, turn right off the Hangers Way down track.
- Down track to farm, bear right on track, and just before bungalow on right, turn right signposted as Right of Way. Through metal gate and follow field edge to woods. Through gate.
- Continue straight on track till you come to a gate and edge of a road. Once past gate, turn right through wooden gate about 100 yards down (signposted as footpath). Over bridge, bear left, up steps and turn left back onto Hangers Way.
- Over little wooden bridge, but instead of heading back to churchyard, bear left in field on defined path and go through squeeze gap at edge of field.
- Go up road until you hit main road, turn left, turn right after the Selborne Arms. Back to base and a well deserved beer is waiting for you
My favourite walk by Andy Aitken, Hampshire Countryside Service.
- The route can stay wet all year round, so good boots or wellies is advised
- Use OS Explorer no.133 1:25,000 scale
- Free parking at back of the Selborne Arms.
- 2 pubs in Selborne – Queens Head and Selborne Arms
- Other things to do- Selborne Gallery and Pottery, Gilbert Whites House and Oates Museum