Selborne - Chawton - Selborne

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The walk covers some of the most tranquil areas of Hampshire and can be undertaken at haste or in a leisurely fashion. The route covers all sorts of terrain found in Hampshire: footpaths through wooded areas, through fields, over tracks and open countryside, all with lovely views.

There are good pubs in all three villages the walk passes through. I would recommend a stop in the Farringdon pub Rose and Crown. You can either stop at this pub on the way out or on the way back. Opening times are: Mon-Sat noon-2.30 and 6.30-9.30pm; Sundays noon-5pm. The food is good and the service is friendly (at the time of writing).

There is a pub and a tea room in Chawton. In Chawton you can visit the Jane Austen's house museum. Jane Austen is one of the most famous of English authors.

In Selborne there is a lot of history related to Gilbert White and the Oates family. At the end of the walk you are able to descend the zigzag route which affords great views of the Hampshire countryside on the way down.

I walked with my two dogs, a King Charles Spaniel and a Pembrokeshire Corgi. I found the route easy with the dogs.

England - South England - Hampshire - Countryside

Features

Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Museum, National Trust, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
07/02/2015 - Anne England

I completed this walk today with my Labrador. In the field between waypoints 30 and 31 a farmer has put up an electric fence around the inner perimeter of the field, a couple of feet from the stile at WP 30, and probably 30 or 30 feet from the stile at WP 31. The fence is NOT marked as electric but is blocking the footpath, although the farmer has tied a plastic bag around the top strand, presumably so you can step over it. However, since it wasn't marked as electric, my dog got a nasty shock when he wriggled under the bottom strand. Therefore, when we reached the other side of the field, I had to lift him up (he weighs 32kg) and step over the fence with him. This isn't acceptable (and may even be illegal).

08/08/2011 - Susan Pyne

Very enjoyable walk, with novelty and variety right up to the end. Although designated easy there are quite a lot of steepish bits in a longish walk. The owners of the cottage at 35 warned us off following the path to 38/39 because of a bull (which did indeed look very large, though obviously won't always be there). Instead we followed the road through Newton Valence, a very pretty village, and rejoined the walk at 39. The path through and out of the churchyard to 40 wasn't very clear to us but we managed to pick up the trail at 41.

09/12/2009 - Pete Steele

This is a superb walk and very pleasent even in winter. Point 20: Unfortunately the designers of the step have blocked it off for dogs. There is a small opening but only small dogs will get through it. If you have a dog the size of a boxer or bigger, they will have to go over the top of the stile. Fortunately, my dog Molly has learnt this trick since a pup but not all dogs will do this. Also point 24 where you turn left at the bridge. This is not the first bridge you get to but the second. Please do not turn left at the first bridge or you may meet a very unhappy farmer who doesn't like walkers!!!!! Otherwise a beautiful walk with delightful scenery.

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