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|Kingsclere and Hannington|
|Author: Claire, Published: 04 Dec 2016||Walk Rating:|
|A 6 mile circular walk from the pretty village of Kingsclere in Hampshire. The route heads south, exploring the beautiful rolling Hampshire Downs with peaceful tracks and beautiful views throughout. Halfway round, the walk leads you through the idyllic village of Hannington with its pretty village green and imposing church. |
The route has several climbs and descents throughout. The vast majority of the route follows bridleway tracks, some tarmac or stone which give a firm walking surface, but also some grass stretches which can get muddy and slippery. There is one stretch of footpath which passes through a pasture, sometimes holding cattle, although this can be avoided if you prefer. You will need to negotiate a few staggered barriers, a couple of flights of steps, some bridle gates plus three kissing gates, but there are no stiles on route. Some of the tracks have sheep pastures alongside, enclosed with electric fencing so take care with children and dogs. Allow 3 hours.
Kingsclere is located just south of the A339, about 8 miles north west of Basingstoke. The walk starts and finishes at the Anchor Road car park (near to St Mary’s Church), a free car park for about 20 cars. If this is full, there is some street parking available further along Anchor Road, but please park with respect for the residents. Approximate post code RG20 5NE.
|Start to Rectory Lane|
Start point: 51.3243 lat, -1.246 long
Leave the Anchor Road car park via the vehicle entrance and turn left along the pavement, heading uphill. Cross over the side road (Larch Drive) and continue up the hill. Where the road bends right, go straight ahead through the staggered barrier to join the narrow stone footpath. At the top of the slope you will reach a T-junction, turn left and pass alongside the wooden gate to reach the corner of a playing field.
|Rectory Lane to Plantation Farm|
Start point: 51.3235 lat, -1.2418 long
Turn right to join the stone track, signed as a bridleway. Follow this bridleway track heading steadily uphill and, at the brow of the first rise (within a gap in the hedgerow on your right), you will have your first glimpse of the views across the rolling Hampshire Downs. The most prominent landmark is the large mast, a television and radio transmitting station sitting on Cottington Hill. This will make a useful landmark throughout your walk, but also has an interesting snippet of history…
|Plantation Farm to Copse Crossroads|
Start point: 51.3124 lat, -1.2228 long
Go straight ahead along the tarmac lane, passing the main properties on your right. Where the main lane swings hard left, go straight on (across the concrete vehicle access area) and continue ahead to join the tarmac track with a tree line on your right and horse paddocks on your left.
|Copse Crossroads to Hannington Green|
Start point: 51.3 lat, -1.2135 long
Turn right at this crossroads and follow the straight level stone track, with far reaching views stretching to your left and right. Further along, the track leads you past a playing field (beyond a hedgerow on your left) and you will reach a T-junction with a gate ahead. Stay with the main stone track which turns left and follow this to reach the junction with a road (with a pretty thatched cottage ahead).
|Hannington Green to Hannington Scrubs|
Start point: 51.2957 lat, -1.2273 long
Cross the village green at about 1 o’clock and join the stone track which passes immediately to the right of the churchyard. As you approach the residence vehicle gates ahead, turn right (signed as Footpath Only). Follow this stone path which soon bends left alongside an old timber barn. Continue ahead, now following a grass track between hedgerows and fenced pastures. You will come to a gate ahead.
|Hannington Scrubs to Horse Gallops|
Start point: 51.3018 lat, -1.2289 long
Simply keep ahead on this grass bridleway (which can be muddy and slippery at times) leading you down through the valley bottom and up the other side. At the top of the rise, keep straight ahead at the crossroads, heading downhill with beautiful far-reaching views ahead. You will be able to see the Cottington Hill mast across to your left.
|Horse Gallops to End|
Start point: 51.3108 lat, -1.2457 long
Pass alongside this gate and walk directly ahead, keeping close to the hedgerow on your left, watching out for any horses in training and following any local safety notices. Simply keep ahead, following this hedgerow along the full length of the horse gallops.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2016 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
Excellent walk. Lovely views and we saw four red kites in the sky at the same time. Not a good idea to do it if the ground is wet. There's a very muddy track after leaving Hannington
|By bobs on 11 Apr 2017|
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