Walking in Hampshire

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The Monk’s Walk

This walk takes place in and around Selborne village, famous for its association with the 18th century naturalist Gilbert White. In his book, The natural history of Selborne, he carefully records his observations on the plants, birds and animals of this lovely part of Hampshire. The Hanger overlooking the village, with its zig-zag path cut by Gilbert White and his brother, is part of the 275 acres of National Trust meadow, woodland and common which are open all year round.

Length: this walk allows a number of choices. You can walk the full seven miles or choose one of the two shorter loops of two and five miles.

Public Transport: nearest train stations are Petersfield, Alton and Farnham. Bus service - Stagecoach in Hampshire No 38.

Start point: the Selborne Arms Public House, High Street, Selborne, GU34 3JR

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Please note, we have been informed that there is a bridge closure on the Monk's Walk. An alternative route has been found. Please download a copy of the map to see the alternative route.

  1. Park at the rear of the Selborne Arms Public House, turn left out of the car park and walk along the main village street (B3006) until you reach the Queens Head Hotel. Here take the narrow Huckers Lane (now a bridleway), and once a metalled way to the Priory built by monks in the 14th century and then known as ‘Via Canonorum’ (Monk’s Way).Descend past some cottages to enter a wood by a gate. Continue north-east through the wood and across fields to reach the access road to Priory Farm (1.25miles).(For two-mile loop turn left onto track across valley and then left (south-west) over a stile onto the footpath along the edge of Coombe Wood – see map.)

  2. Turn left (north) along the access road through the farmyard, cross over Oakhanger Stream and turn right through a gate to follow a footpath with the stream at first on your right and then on your left. At a signed crossroads of paths turn left (north), crossing the stream and then another double stile (signed ‘official diversion’), re-crossing Oakhanger Stream. Turn left onto road through Oakhanger (Red Lion Public House here) to Mary Magdalene Church (2.5 miles)(For five mile loop turn left onto road just north of the pub to rejoin route near point 4 – see map.)

  3. Beyond Church Cottage turn left (west) between two houses and then right behind the houses to a path junction. Turn left (west – signed ‘Binswood Farm’), past the farm, across a stile and through tress to reach the Hangers Way at a stile; do not cross this but go sharp left along the Hangers Way through woods, passing a pool and crossing a track to reach a road near a T-junction.

  4. Turn right (south-west) onto the lane and then left (south-east) onto a drive signed ‘estate office’. Follow the Hangers Way on a track through fields and Long Lythe National Trust wood before finally climbing up through the churchyard and across Selborne’s ancient Plestor. Turn left (south) and walk back past the Queens Head Hotel, and on to the Selborne Arms Public House where you started your walk.

This walk was supplied by Selborne Parish Council.

Selborne Church