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|Whitehill and Hannington|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 23 Oct 2011||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A circular walk of about 6.5 miles starting from the Whitehill viewpoint near Kingsclere in Hampshire. The walk passes through a stunning part of the North Hampshire Downs and includes a section of the Wayfarers Walk long distance path. The views are spectacular throughout and on a clear day you will be able to see for miles across the downs. Bird lovers are also likely to be rewarded with a good chance of sightings of buzzards, kestrels and skylarks. |
The paths pass mainly through woodland and across fields and so are likely to be muddy after wet weather. There are a couple of sections of road walking on quiet country lanes and a number of steady ascents and descents. The walk passes through a number of gates and five stiles and also passes through a field which is likely to contain cattle. All the stiles have gaps in the wire fencing either alongside or under that most dogs should be able to squeeze through. Approximate time 3 hours.
The walk starts from the Whitehill viewpoint car park which is off the B3051 between Kingsclere and Overton in Hampshire. Approximate postcode RG20 5PY.
|Whitehill to Walkeridge Farm|
Start point: 51.3055 lat, -1.2602 long
Leave the car park and head back down the access track towards the road. As you reach the road, take a sharp left turn onto the footpath marked as the Wayfarers Walk and follow this path between fields through an arch of trees. Continue as the path bends to the left and then at the junction go straight ahead and follow the path uphill with the hedgerow to the right. You will see a radio mast over to the left. Continue up to the top of the field and follow the path as it bends to the right with a tall hedge on the left.
|Walkeridge Farm to North Oakley|
Start point: 51.2977 lat, -1.2484 long
Turn left up the tarmac lane and then almost immediately fork right onto the bridleway. Continue along the tarmac bridleway past some farm buildings on the right and then ahead into a grass field which is used as a campsite. Keep close to the hedge on the left and at the far end of the field pass to the left of the metal gate and continue down the bridleway with a field fenced to the right.
|North Oakley to Hannington|
Start point: 51.2847 lat, -1.2291 long
Pass through the gate, turn right and follow the path as it swings to the left and then to the right to reach a double stile. Cross over the double stile (which does have a gap at the base of the wire fencing for dogs to squeeze under).
|Hannington to Plantation Hill|
Start point: 51.2939 lat, -1.2265 long
Continue past the pub and you will reach the small village green on the left. Immediately after the green turn left and follow the track to the lych gate of the church. Follow the track immediately to the right of the church, with the fence to the grave yard on the left and heading for the gate of a private residence. Just before the gate turn right to follow the footpath with the old barn on the left.
|Plantation Hill to Whitehill|
Start point: 51.3105 lat, -1.2338 long
Continue ahead into the section of trees and at a fork take the left hand path, with the fence still immediately to the left. There is a steep bank to the right so take care with children. At the end of the belt of trees where the path comes to an open field, turn right over another stile. Go downhill and follow the path as it bends to the left.
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Great walk & lovely day out. The views are spectacular and some really pretty villages to pass through too. The Vine was a lovely stop for lunch half way. Another great walk - thanks :)
|By on 2011-11-05 12:35:47|
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|By on 2011-12-31 15:14:54|
Fantastic walk and amazing views. Great directions tho followed gps map mainly. Recommended!
|By peterjames01 on 2014-06-25 14:44:12|
We really enjoyed this walk, although no mud or water for my boys!!
|By Pob75 on 2015-03-16 07:22:22|
Brilliant walk, four Spanish Water Dogs and two owners had a blast. I kept promising great views but the weather had other ideas. It was certainly muddy though.
|By Chappers45 on 2015-04-03 19:05:52|
Did this walk today, 070316, it was stunning! A really enjoyable walk with so much to see and enjoy. I will definitely be doing this one again!
|By Cheekychook on 2016-03-07 18:59:01|
Beautiful walk. Only tip is that the Vine pub doesn't open until 12 Noon and is also closed on Monday so time your start accordingly if you want to pitstop half way round.
|By juwi on 2016-04-24 13:39:26|
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