Wonderful Walks in the Beautiful Meon Valley and Hampshire South Downs

We’re very fortunate to have some stunning walks and landscape on our doorstep. We love exploring the area ourselves when we want to slow down and escape from the day to day. We want our guests to enjoy this as much as we do and there are many walks in the Meon Valley and South Downs surrounding Wallops Wood, whether it’s for you and your family or you’re bringing your pooch along too! So a walk from your cottage is the best place to start.

We have put together seven wonderful walks on our website all with varying lengths from 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on whether you want a gentle stroll in the area or a longer hike out, some of which of course include a stop off at a local pub! Many of the walks are dog friendly, but please check first and also if the pub you wish to visit allows dogs. You’ll also find these walks on laminated sheets in each of our cottages.

Sunrise with the cows at Wallops Wood

Sunrise with the cows at Wallops Wood

Wildlife abounds on wild fennel around Wallops Wood

Wildlife abounds on wild fennel around Wallops Wood

Beyond the walks listed on our website are more walking resources on the Hampshire County Council website. You can choose the distance you want to walk and where in the county you would like to walk from. You can also check out Hampshire Trails website where there are lots of ideas not only for walks but days out too.

Being in the South Downs National Park of course, our park authority has some fantastic information on what you can explore, see and do whilst staying with us. From energetic to more sedate walks, there is something for all ages, all abilities and the dogs can tag along too! The South Downs Way starts in the ancient city of Winchester and goes all the way to the white chalky cliffs of the Seven Sisters in Eastbourne. Over 100 miles long, there is so much to see and do. You can start with the Meon Valley Trail of course which borders part of the Meon, a beautiful chalk stream that goes through 9 villages before it reaches the Solent at Titchfield Haven.

And of course you ca always come back to the cottages, weary but happy, do a few laps in the pool ad relax with a glass of bubbly in the hot tubs whilst admiring our famous sunsets!

There is even more in formation on our website for walkers, which you can check out here, plus more information for dog walking on our dogs page.

Dogwalking in the South Down

Dog walking in the South Downs

If cycling is your thing, then we also have more information for you on our website which include cycling routes in the area and where you can go to hire a bike locally. You can find all of this information on our cycling page. 

The South Downs Park is perfect for cycling, there are 1,200 km of car-free bridleways across the National Park, miles of leafy country lanes and old railway trails including the Downs Link and Centurion Way.  Here is a list of cycling routes you can enjoy all downloadable on the South Downs National Park website HERE.

Ther eis alos a GeoTour Treasure Hunt 0 a fantastic way of discovering news sights. There are 30 secret geocaches hidden across the South Downs National Park and many can be reached by bike. Just use your mobile phone or GPS to guide you, get stamps in your Geotour passport, collect bonus points for travelling sustainably or eating locally to claim a special geocoin prize. Find out more on the Geocaching page.

We’re into the slow holiday and relaxation at Wallops Wood, so whatever you do, make sure you stop and enjoy the beautiful countryside Hampshire and the South Downs has to offer. Take in the views, take your time to explore, immerse yourself in nature, relax and enjoy your stay at Wallops Wood!