Wallops Wood Cottages are located in the heart of the South Downs National Park, and many of our guests come here to escape the city, relax, unwind and enjoy the beautiful scenery that surrounds out.
However, we also welcome more sporty guests who like to use the South Downs to explore the more off road trails for running, cycling and hiking 🚴♀️ 🏃♂️
Walking is one of the most popular activities around here and there are many trails to choose from.
If you want a walk straight from your cottage, we have several you can take with varying lengths. The walks can be downloaded here and most also include a stop off at a local pub for refreshments.
South Downs Way – this is a 100 mile route from Winchester to Eastbourne, across the beautiful scenery of the South Downs national park. There are many shorter walks you can do to take in some of the stunning scenery, with local walks listed on the South Downs National Park Website including the Meon Valley Trail. There is a selection of circular and linear walks not far from us, including the Buriton circular walk and the East Meon circular walk. More details can be found here.
Another longer walk locally also taking you on part of the South Downs Way is a 10 mile circular walk starting and ending at Old Winchester Hill. More details of the walk can be found here.
Wallops Wood Cottages are also listed on The Outdoor Guide, which has more walks to check out.
If cycling is more your thing, then there are plenty of cycling routes to take around Hampshire and the South Downs. The Hampshire County Council website lists many routes in the area which you can find here.
A couple of circuits close to Wallops Wood include a 10 mile cycle ride starting at East Meon and taking in Butser Hill, which is quite a climb but worth it for the views.
The Horndean cycle route takes in 14 miles of towns, villages and countryside but less challenging than the East Meon ride. More details can be found here.
For those who love to run around the countryside, there are some fantastic running routes in the area. A local chap who loves running is Roger and blogs about his runs on IRunOffRoad.
A couple of local routes you can try are the Meon Valley Trail and Droxford to Denmead trail. The Meon Valley Trail is a former railway line which stretches from Wickham to West Meon, but there are also sections closer to Wallops Wood if you don’t want to run the entire route! It is also suitable for walking and cycling.
Hampshire County Council also lists a number of walking routes that can also be used for running. Find out more here.
If you fancy a run taking in some sea views, the Solent Way is a great place to go. There are shorter routes you can take such as Hill Head to Gosport.
Closer to Wallops Wood and just a 10 minute drive away is Beacon Hill National Nature Reserve near Exton where you can take in some beautiful scenery while you run. This 11km circular route is moderate, so some of it could be a little challenging!
Photo credit: Roger from IRunOffRoad
We hope you enjoy some of these suggestions for your walk, run or cycle ride. If you have any routes of your own, please share them on our Facebook page!