Binsted and the Hampshire Hangers

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This is an attractive, undulating and fairly easy circular walk in rural East Hampshire, on the greensand ridge east of Alton that comprised an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty before becoming part of the South Downs National Park. Starting from the village of Binsted, with its interesting mixture of old and new, you can take in the 11th Century Holy Cross Church and see the grave of Montgomery of Alamein. The walk then wanders along and past the hangers that typify this area and also past attractive ponds. There is the potential for lots of wildlife, from buzzards and skylarks to fallow deer and hares.

With many thanks to Steve and Liz for new photos and updates August 2021.

England - South England - Hampshire - South Downs


Birds, Church, Good for Kids, Mostly Flat, Wildlife, Woodland
2/5/2022 - Don Hughes

This is a lovely walk and well worth doing. We've rated it highly. One point to note is that the turn in to the parking area described is DIRECTLY opposite the Binstead Inn pub. It looks to the unwary eye like a domestic driveway. We wasted a little time getting parked. The Binstead Inn pub served us some superb food and drink. Worth your time and money to go in there.

11/15/2021 - Andrew Rubio

Did the walk on Sunday. Excellent walk with some great views. The last entry (31) states that the Cedars Pub is no more. It should be updated with the fact the the pub has had a makeover and is now called The Binsted Inn, which I can highly recommend! I note under Additional Info at page one makes reference to this, but I still suggest you amend entry 31! Andrew

8/29/2021 - Stephen Harris

Walked 29.08.2021 This is a lovely relatively easy walk with just a few ups and downs. There is one section which is a little steep but manageable. Paths and tracks are mostly wide and easy to follow and directions spot on. (Pictures and directions updated by us on Sept 2021 to reflect changes to stiles / landscape etc). It's a great walk, great views and good variety and we didn't see anyone else on the walk, so it's lovely and quiet!

9/11/2015 - Harley Quilliam

Another excellent Richard Clayton walk! Binsted church and Monty's grave provide objects for reflection before setting out to explore this beautiful part of the country. The directions were very clear. All the paths were open (not ploughed over), although some fingerposts had fingers missing and some waymarkers were very obscured. (The waymarker at WP24 is under your feet!) The fields were mainly stubble (September), but the walk went through one field of very dried up broad beans. The ponds had a curious 'marbling' effect on the surface. There was a big black noisy dog (loose) at WP20 to ensure that you kept precisely to the footpath. The Cedars pub seems to have been partly converted into an Indian restaurant. The pub was not open either before or at the end of our walk, but this was alleviated by a nice chat with the thatcher who was thatching the roof of the house opposite the pub, and a beautiful job he was doing!

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