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Walking Holidays in Hampshire

For those who enjoy walking, Hampshire is one to explore. Hampshire's landscape is a rich in contrasts, the beauty of some of England's most inspiring countryside and coastline can easily be experienced on foot.

Open down lands, tranquil valleys, charming villages, lowland heaths, ancient woodlands and an attractive coastline can all be explored through walks in Hampshire on 3,000 miles of footpaths, bridleways and byways.

Many Farm Stay holiday cottage, glamping or B&B owners in Hampshire are well equipped to welcome walkers and will be delighted to provide you with good local knowledge and a warm welcome after a tiring day. They will be able to provide you with ideas for good eating houses, launder clothing if necessary and help plan the following day’s route with you.

Here are some of the options available to you:

  • Long Distance Hampshire Walks - Hampshire has a network of 13 long distance routes for the more serious walker
  • Guided Walks - A variety of guided walks have been organised around the county by a number of organisations.
  • Literary Walks - You can follow Jane Austen's footsteps through a circular walk from Chawton to Farringdon and there is also the Jane Austen Trail, a walking route from Alton High Street to Chawton.
  • The Edward Thomas circular walk has stunning views of the South Downs and hangers. This 4 mile circular walk explores the area round Steep, near Petersfield, which was an inspiration for the poet.
  • Follow in the footsteps of Flora Thompson and William Cobett, amongst other literary greats, in East Hampshire. Download the walks from the East Hampshire District Council website.
  • City Walks - Hampshire is home to the three vibrant cities; Portsmouth, Southampton and Winchester, all of which have some extremely insightful and historical walks.
  • Scenic Walks - Hampshire has a range of shorter, scenic walks which are perfect for people who love the outdoors.

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