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Whitehill and Hannington

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Whitehill and Hannington
Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 23 Oct 2011 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Whitehill and Hannington Walking Guidestar1 Whitehill and Hannington Walking Guidestar1 Whitehill and Hannington Walking Guidestar1 Whitehill and Hannington Walking Guidestar1 Whitehill and Hannington Walking Guide
Hampshire, Kingsclere
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Whitehill and Hannington
Length: 7 miles,  Difficulty: boot Whitehill and Hannington Walking Guide boot Whitehill and Hannington Walking Guide boot Whitehill and Hannington Walking Guide
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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.

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Walk Sections

Whitehill to Walkeridge Farm
Whitehill to Walkeridge Farm

Start point: 51.3055 lat, -1.2602 long
End point: 51.2977 lat, -1.2484 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.

The views over to the right into the valley are stunning and stretch for miles and miles on clear days. The view here includes that of Watership Down, the hill that is best known as the setting for the 1972 novel of the same name about rabbits. Much of the area is privately owned by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Follow the path until it reaches a T-junction with the road.

Walkeridge Farm to North Oakley
Walkeridge Farm to North Oakley

Start point: 51.2977 lat, -1.2484 long
End point: 51.2847 lat, -1.2291 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.

Continue downhill and at the crossroads in the path go straight ahead into the tunnel of trees. Follow the path through beech and hazel trees for some distance until you come to a T-junction with a stone track.

Turn left up the track and you will pass a number of private houses on the left, and then at the next T-junction turn left onto the tarmac road. Go downhill and follow the road as it bends to the left. Soon afterwards, opposite a barn, fork left off the road across a small stone track to reach a stile with a metal gate alongside.

Pass through the gate, which should be unlocked, and go straight over the field to reach the gate at the opposite side.

North Oakley to Hannington
North Oakley to Hannington

Start point: 51.2847 lat, -1.2291 long
End point: 51.2939 lat, -1.2265 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).

Go ahead to reach a waymarker at the corner of a field, turn left to run alongside the field edge with the field on your right. Pass under the telegraph cables and then after just another 20 yards turn right down a diagonal path across the field of crops heading for the houses on the opposite side of the valley. At the opposite edge of the field, go ahead through a gap in the hedge and follow the path to the right and then winding through the belt of trees.

The path emerges at a T-junction with a tarmac lane, turn left here and follow the road uphill. Eventually you will come to The Vine public house in Hannington on the right, a useful (and dog friendly) place to stop for refreshments as you are now about halfway round the walk.

Hannington to Plantation Hill
Hannington to Plantation Hill

Start point: 51.2939 lat, -1.2265 long
End point: 51.3105 lat, -1.2338 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.

The path winds to the left and then right and then passes through a small wooden gate into a crop field. Turn right and follow the field edge with the field on the left. At the T-junction with the tarmac lane turn right and then very shortly turn left through a metal gate onto the bridleway.

Go ahead with the field on the left, and at the corner of the field turn left to continue along the field boundary. As you reach a line of trees, follow the track as it bends to the right. As the belt of trees ends you will once again get magnificent views to the right over the North Hampshire Downs.

Continue downhill and then back up the hill. At the crossroads in the white stone track, near the storage tank, go straight ahead. Go downhill into a section of gravel path with high hedges either side – take care as the loose stone can make this path slippery. As soon as you emerge from the high hedges, turn left over a stile into the field. Note there may be cows grazing in this field. Follow the path along the top edge of the steep field with the fence immediately to the left.

The path then narrows into a belt of trees with another fence to the right hand side.

Plantation Hill to Whitehill
Plantation Hill to Whitehill

Start point: 51.3105 lat, -1.2338 long
End point: 51.3038 lat, -1.2599 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.

Go ahead and you will see the radio mast on the left. After some distance, you will come to a stile on the left. Cross over the stile and follow the grass path uphill with the barbed wire fence on the left.

At the top of the hill, with a metal gate on the left, turn right to follow the footpath along the top field edge on a gradual descent heading towards Watership Down. Pass between two fence posts into the next field then follow the path to the left and then bending to the right to follow this field edge.

At the bottom of the hill, follow the path as it bends to the left and then at the hedgerow turn right to pass back through the line of trees to return to the car park.

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7 responses to "Whitehill and Hannington"

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!!
We stopped half way at the vine in Hannington and had lunch before setting off again

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

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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