The Monks Walk, Selborne
- Distance: 7 miles – 11.27Km, 3 to 4 hours
- OS Explorer maps: No 133
- Structures along route: 2 gates, 6 stiles, 3 bridges
Selborne may not be as well known as it is for the
Rev White as it is for the writings of Gilbert White in ‘The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne’. It is while curate of Selborne that Gilbert White would walk the lanes and Hangers recording all that he found and saw.
The Hanger behind Gilbert’s House has a path named zig-zag path which was built by Gilbert White and his brother as a means of climbing the steep incline.
The word Hanger derives from the name ‘hangra’ which means wooded slope and those in this area are of a mixed deciduous type.
Park at the rear of the Selborne Arms, turn left out of the car park and walk along the main village street (B3006) until you reach the Queens Hotel.
Here, take the narrow Huckers Lane byway, a metalled way to the Priory built by monks in the 14th century and then known as ‘Via Canonrum’ (Monks Way). Descend past some cottages to enter a wood through a gate; continue NE through the wood and across fields to reach the access road to Priory Farm (this section is 1.25 miles).
Turn left (N) along access road through farmyard, cross over Oakhanger Stream. Shortly after right bend you reach a ‘T’ junction of paths take the right through a gate and follow footpath with Oakhanger stream on your right at first and then on your left. At a signed crossroads of paths turn left (N), crossing the stream and then right along a field edge over double stile and stream and then another double stile (signed ‘official diversion’), re-crossing Oakhanger Stream. Turn left onto road through Oakhanger (Red Lion Pub here) to Mary Magdalene Church (2.5 miles).
Beyond Church Cottages turn left (W) between two houses and then right behind the houses to a path junction. Turn left (W) – signed ‘Binswood Farm. Continue past the farm through Bisnwood to a stile. Do not cross this but go sharp left and follow Hangers Way through the woods to road.
Turn right (SW) onto the lane and then left (SE) onto drive signed ‘Estate Office’. Follow the Hangers Way on a track through fields and Long Lythe National Trust wood before finally climbing up through a field to reach Selborne church. Walk through the churchyard and across Selborne’s ancient Plestor. Turn left (S) and walk back to Queens Hotel and the start of our walk.