Chalton - Ladyholt - Chalton
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A short, circular walk for all the family to take pleasure in, with stunning views. On a clear day you can spot the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth as well as Uppark House, a fine 17th Century house that was badly damaged by fire in 1989 and restored by the National Trust. There is plenty of variety with field-paths, shady tracks, woodland and downland. The beautiful surroundings offer a good chance of spotting deer along with other wildlife and in the summer months a host of wildflowers and butterflies can be enjoyed.
The walk starts from the public car park next door to the Red Lion pub in Chalton - the oldest pub in Hampshire.
In 1748 members of the notorious Hawkhurst gang of smugglers murdered a witness and the official escorting him to court. The witness, Daniel Chater, was beaten, hanged and finally thrown down Harris' Well in Lady Holt Park (he was still alive when he was thrown into the well and the gang threw stones down on top of him until his cries ceased). The site of the well is a short way from Waymark 12, at SU 751167.
Those of you who are familiar with my walks may recognize one or two footpaths, as this wonderful area is a favourite stamping-ground of mine; but rest assured that this is a very different walk!
There are just a few stiles, which my dog managed easily.
England - South England - Hampshire - Countryside
Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Good for Kids, Great Views, Pub, Wildlife, Woodland
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