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Whitehill and Hannington

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Whitehill and Hannington
Author: Claire, Published: 23 Oct 2011 Walk Rating:star1 Whitehill and Hannington Walking Guide star1 Whitehill and Hannington Walking Guide star1 Whitehill and Hannington Walking Guide star1 Whitehill and Hannington Walking Guide star0 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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9 comments for "Whitehill and Hannington"

Fantastic walk with incredible views. Even stopped for blackberry picking en-route. The dogs loved it. Would thoroughly recommend.

By swyatt on 03 Sep 2017

I did this walk a couple of days ago and can't recommend it enough. Towards the end, the views across the valley are spectacular, and a great place to just sit and watch the red kites soaring beneath you. The only negative was that the gate, described at the top of section 3, was firmly padlocked so I had to climb over. This seems to be a deliberate obstruction to a right of way and would prevent walkers less agile than me from completing the walk.

By keithbarker on 26 Aug 2017

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 24 Apr 2016

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 07 Mar 2016

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 03 Apr 2015

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 16 Mar 2015

Fantastic walk and amazing views. Great directions tho followed gps map mainly. Recommended!

By peterjames01 on 25 Jun 2014

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By Administrator on 31 Dec 2011

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 Administrator on 05 Nov 2011

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Pdf file for walk

Icon (recommended)

The icon is a small image, 60 pixels square, used to provide a label for the walk when displayed in lists or in iFootpath Mobile. It is recommended that a small, square image for such use is created and uploaded. This should be in JPEG, GIF, BMP or PNG format and less than 100Kb in size. If you do not provide an icon the walk will be automatically given a generic system icon. If you do upload a photograph for the walk icon its size will be checked by the system and it will automatically be resized to 60 pixels square. However, please also note that if the image is not square in format it may be cropped and you will not get the result you might have expected. Just thought you should know!

Getting There (required)

This provides a text area to explain how to get to the start of the walk. It is good to include a post code.

Preview

This function allows you to see how your published walk would look, before you submit as 'Ready' for review.

Status

When a walk is created and saved in iFootpath its status is automatically set to 'Draft'. This implies that you are still working on it and may want to come back later to add walk sections, images or other information. When you are ready for the walk to be shared with other iFootpath registered users then the status should be changed to 'Ready'. This will automatically notify the system that you want to share the walk. The system will check to ensure you have completed the required information and alert a reviewer. The reviewer will read through to check the content is clean and consistent with our terms of use. This does not check the accuracy of the walk details or any other information. If there are issues with the contents you will be contacted by email. The walk status will also be reset to 'Draft' in this case. More likely, however, that everything is fine in which case its status will be set to 'Published' at which point it becomes available for viewing and downloading by any registered user of iFootpath. This includes download to iFootpath Mobile.

Filters

Filters allow you to narrow down your search for walks of interest. By County restricts the list of walks to those in the selected County. The Filters links at the top of the list page allow you to jump quickly to the filters or to clear them.

Keyword Search

The Keyword search facility will search through the walk descriptions and notes to find words or phrases you specify.

My GPX Files

This page gives you the list of GPX files that you have uploaded from iFootpath mobile (or from other sources). You are able to view, edit, delete or download these files. Once you are happy with your GPX file you can 'convert to walk' to create a draft walk based on this data. This walk will appear under 'Manage My Walks'.

Manage My Walks

The list of walks presented are those you have written and entered into iFootpath. From here you can filter the list if you have lots to narrow down your search, list all or just those with a particular status. If you select a 'Published' or 'Ready' walk you will see a read-only version of your walk, although if 'Ready' you can reset status to 'Draft' again for further editing.

Walk Sections in iFootpath

Each walk section represents a particular piece of a walking route. The start and end of each section are defined by waypoints. Each section joins onto the next to form the complete walk. There is no limit to the number of sections a walk can have, but on a long walk we recommend breaking the route down into manageable pieces that are delineated by particular landmarks, turnings or changes in obvious route. Each section has its own photograph and descriptive text which should hold a photograph that illustrates the section and any instructions or other notes you want to add that may be of use in helping navigation or pointing things out.

Section Title (required)

The section title is used to provide a short name for the section. It is useful in section titles to provide an indication of the start and end, so using names of landmarks, roads, etc is a useful aid. Sections will be named automatically as the name of the waypoint at the end of that section. It is recommended that you rename the sections as something more useful to walkers.

Section Description (required)

This field is used to provide as much information as you wish about the walk section. This should include notes on navigation, even if obvious, and any further information you care to share about views, historical notes, things to look for, etc.

Key Image (recommended)

A picture can save many words and will often be very useful in helping to navigate or spot things along the route. The picture must be in any of the main image formats (JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG) and image files up to 2Mb in size are permitted. Once an image is uploaded it will be resized automatically and a smaller version saved that is optimised for viewing on both this website and iFootpath Mobile.

Our preferred way of saving images for iFootpath is to save or export them at a maximum size of 1024x1024 pixels as a JPEG file. Please be sure that you own the copyright to any images uploaded - you must have taken them yourself or have explicit permission.

Map Ref (optional)

This allows the OS Map reference for the start and end of the section to be entered. These should be in the format:

AB 123 456

Further details of this system can be seen on the Ordnance Survey website.

Start/End Point (optional)

This provides the facility to capture the co-ordinates for the start and end points of the walk section. iFootpath will automatically complete this field based on the GPX file used to create the walk.

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