Wallops Wood is perfectly placed in the South Downs National Park in Hampshire, offering a wide variety of walks not only from the doorstep, but so many wonderful walks across the county that you’ll be spoilt for choice.
We’ve put together a pick of some interesting walks around the county which include stunning views, coastal walks, historical connections plus some staff favourites.
Walks with fantastic views and stunning scenery include:
Old Winchester Hill – a short drive from Wallops Wood with beautiful views from the top. The Hampshire Life website details a 6 mile walk around the hill.
There is also a fully accessible trail at the southern side of the reserve with allocated disabled parking nearby, which takes you to the hill fort. The trail does not extend to the hill fort itself, however. Much of the site is flat and most popular areas, including the fort, should be accessible to most powered wheelchairs. Find out more on the National Trails website.
The New Forest – Walks in Hampshire wouldn’t be complete without the New Forest National Park, which covers a very large area, 566 km² to be precise! Since it’s so big, your best option is to take a look at the New Forest website and work out which part of the New Forest you would like to visit. From there you can select a variety of walks ranging from the heart of the countryside down to the coast.
Walks on The New Forest Tourism website.
Walks on The New Forest National Park website.
Meon Valley – Wallops Wood is in the heart of the Meon Valley and there are some fantastic walks in this very scenic area.
The Meon Valley Trail is a former railway line that used to run between Fareham and Alton. Although it is currently being upgraded by Hampshire County Council, it’s worth exploring . You can download a leaflet about the trail here.
The Thomas Lord pub in West Meon also has ideas for walks in the area along with links for leaflets you can download. Well worth visiting for a drink too!
East Meon Circular Walk – also close to Wallops Walk is an 8 mile circular walk around the pretty village of East Meon. Find out more about the route here.
Jane Austin Circular Walk – This is a 4.5-mile circular walk in the heart of Jane Austen country. Start at Jane Austen’s House in Chawton and follow in her footsteps across fields and through the village of Farringdon. Find out more on the Visit Hampshire where you can download a leaflet of the walk.
Gilbert White Circular Walk – The full route of this walk around the pretty village of Selborne is 6 miles, but can be done in two parts. The first circuit is through the churchyard and Lythes to Priory Farm and back to the village through the beeches of Dorton Wood. This picks up the older part of Selborne’s history. The second and more adventurous circuit is up the zigzag and along footpaths through Selborne Hanger and Common to Coneycroft and the northern end of the village. Find out more on the Visit Hampshire where you can download a leaflet of the trail.
Wallops Wood staff also have some favourite walks across Hampshire.
Bishops Waltham – Sticking to the historic theme, there are some lovely walks around Bishops Waltham and the Palace ruins. A circular walk around this historic town takes on some of the waymarked walking trails that branch off into the surrounding countryside. About 7 miles long it includes some small hill climbs on the way. From the high points there are some lovely views over the South Downs. More information can be found here.
Kingley Vale is a beautiful site in the South Downs, just over the border into West Sussex, not far from Chichester. Stunning ancient yew trees take you to a steep walk to the top of the vale with beautiful views across Chichester Harbour. You can download further information and a map from the South Downs National Park website.
Finally, a coastal walk from Emsworth to Langstone, which forms part of The Solent Way. Walk along the coastal path and shoreline to Langstone where you can enjoy a drink at The Royal Oak or Ship Inn before heading back to Emsworth. Make sure you check the tide times before you set off so you don’t try to walk at high tide! More information and a leaflet to download can be found here.
Other Walks in Hampshire
There are many other walks to choose from around Hampshire whether you fancy a short stroll, or more of a day’s hike! All of the websites below have more ideas for routes, some close to Wallops Wood and some further afield.
If you’re looking for more accessible walks and wheeling, Walks With Wheelchairs has some excellent suggestions for trips out, with this route around Winchester and further suggestions for walks around Hampshire.
We’ll be covering more accessible walks and days out in our next post!