Released: 31st March 2016
Size: 220 x 120mm
Authors: Hugh Taylor & Moira McCrossan
Written by Hugh Taylor & Moira McCrossan, Walks for all Ages Hampshire features 20 circular walks of up to 5¾ miles, suitable for all the family, that have been carefully chosen to deliver an enjoyable day or half day in the county.
Describing the local area at the start of each walk, the authors then provide a detailed description of the walk with snippets of information as you go along. Including Ordnance Survey mapping and superbly priced at just £5.99, Walks for all Ages - 20 Circular Walks in Hampshire is the perfect accompaniment for a stroll in the county.
Walk 01. Ecchinswell - 2½ miles
Walk 02. Winchfield - 3¾ miles
Walk 03. Odiham - 5¾ miles
Walk 04. Grayshott - 2 miles
Walk 05. Liphook - 3¾ miles
Walk 06. Silchester - 3¼ miles
Walk 07. Chawton - 4¾ miles
Walk 08. Burley - 3¾ miles
Walk 09. North Poulner - 4½ miles
Walk 10. Brockenhurst - 3¾ miles
Walk 11. Nether Wallop - 2 miles
Walk 12. Romsey - 4¾ miles
Walk 13. Southampton - 3¾ miles
Walk 14. Botley - 2½ miles
Walk 15. Lymington - 5 miles
Walk 16. Boldre - 2¼ miles
Walk 17. Brook - 3½ miles
Walk 18. Alresford - 3½ miles
Walk 19. Alton - 2½ miles
Walk 20. Winchester - 3¼ miles
Hampshire has pretty villages, clear rivers, ancient cities and the New Forest. You can walk through thousands of years of English history, surveying the marks that generations have made on the land. Iron Age forts were re-used as Roman settlements, which decayed when the Romans left but became prosperous again under Alfred the Great, only to fall to the conquering Normans. Winchester has traces of all this history from Iron Age forts to Norman cathedrals. You can still see the ground plan of the Saxon Old Minster alongside the massive Norman cathedral.
In the cathedral you will find the grave of Jane Austen, one of the most admired English writers of all time. She loved Hampshire and spent most of her life here. You can visit her home in the village of Chawton. This countryside has inspired many writers over the years. Richard Adams based Watership Down on Hampshire’s rolling farmland and you can walk past Nuthanger Farm, which features in the book. Although Flora Thompson’s Lark Rise to Candleford was based on her Oxfordshire childhood, she loved the downs around Liphook, which she described in The Peverel Papers. Ruth Rendell’s and Agatha Christie’s fictional detectives were based in Hampshire and you can visit the places which became St Mary Mead and Kingsmarkham in the books and films. Nether Wallop does not seem a likely location for so much death and destruction but equally lovely parts of Hampshire have real histories of murder most foul.
By the Avon River, Alice Lisle gave shelter to two runaways from the Battle of Sedgemoor and was sentenced to death for treason. She was executed at Winchester, where a plaque marks the spot. Eight-year-old Fanny Adams was brutally murdered at Alton, where Parliamentarian soldiers had once attacked the church. In the peaceful New Forest you can walk past World War II bomb craters and you can consider whether William Rufus’s death in 1100 was accident or assassination.
The New Forest was created by William, the Conqueror, William Rufus’s father, as a royal hunting ground. However, commoners were granted certain rights including the right to pasture their animals. The pastureland and heathland in the National Park are the result of continued grazing by the horses and cattle of the commoners over the centuries. The park has the largest remaining area of common land in England, where the famed New Forest ponies graze everywhere, including by roadsides and over garden fences.