Rotherwick and Hook - Circular

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An easy and very pleasant walk across farmland and through woodland around the attractive village of Rotherwick, a jewel in North East Hampshire.

There are many interesting buildings, several of which date from the 17th Century, and the village hall at Rotherwick is well worth seeing. Many visitors to Rotherwick are intrigued by the size and appearance of this village hall, built in 1932 as a memorial to a young American. It has its own website.

There are two pubs in Rotherwick, the Coach and Horses and the Falcon. The village church dates from the 13th Century.

The walk can be accessed quite easily from Hook railway station, which is served by a regular service (the Basingstoke stopping train) from London Waterloo. This adds just over half a mile in each direction. See Access Info.

England - South England - Hampshire - Countryside


Church, Pub, Woodland
10/16/2018 - Eileen Barker

17 of us did this walk last week. As it had been so dry, the walking was easy underfoot and made for a pleasant walk. When we got to the paddock where 'Larry the horse with laminitis' lurks, he had planted himself against the kissing gate and would not budge. We were delayed by at least 10 minutes trying to lure him away from the gate and ended up having to climb over the frame of the kissing gate. A word of advice, laminitis or not, take something edible to entice him away from the gate. At point 18, we added a small loop to include the paths that encircle Blackwood which made the walk closer to 5.5 rather than 4.5 miles. No stiles, no hills.

6/1/2018 - HELEN WYATT

I completed this walk on a pleasant summer's evening and it was still a bit muddy underfoot in some of the wooded areas, so boots/walking shoes recommended. At 15) the path is blocked by a falling tree, but pass able if you don't mind scrambling through the undergrowth. At 19) there was a massive herd of cows in the field blocking the way to the next kissing gate - I managed to get past, but it was a bit daunting, so be aware. At 20) the fingerpost is actually part way up someone's drive. If you find yourself walking past too many houses, you've gone too far.

9/2/2015 - Chris Duncalf

A quiet and pleasant walk from a most attractive village.The directions are generally excellent. At 17) the neglected smallholding is now a small housing development. At 20) the fingerpost pointing right is actually present but obscured by trees so keep a sharp eye out. At 22) the track between the two k-gates was seriously churned up - ankle-deep mud. At 23) I missed the entrance to the back of the churchyard - if you reach the road you've gone too far.

10/6/2012 - Sue Eaton

We did this walk today and thoroughly enjoyed it. The directions are excellent but we found a few changes. 1. The Frog and Wicket is closed but is due to reopen on 13th October 2012 as The Falcon (again!). 2. At point 20 the fingerpost has been moved so it is not visible at all. Probably best way to find it is to look for the sharpish left hand bend and then turn right and walk towards the metal gate. The fingerpost is now located here. Other than that, the only problem we encountered was that we had to start at Point 5 because the local farmer has ploughed up all the footpath! Speaking to a local resident it was apparent that this had happened last year and the ploughing, in conjunction with heavy rain, made the way impossible. Sue and Harry Eaton

5/16/2009 - Michael Diamandis

Really pleasant, varied and easy walk which our dog enjoyed too. Saw deer in the woods and heard our first cuckoos of the year. Would recommend.

1/11/2009 - Julie White

We enjoyed this walk very much but I think there has been some work done on fencing recently and some of the kissing gates have been removed around waymark 6. I'm afraid we didnt make notes at the time so all I can say is that we followed round the edge of the copse to a t junction where we turned right away from the copse and were back on track.

10/7/2008 - Wendy Hoskin

This is a lovely walk which we have done twice now and really enjoyed. We live in Hook so have done this walk from home. The Old House at Home has excellent food, although we've only been there in the evening, and is not too far away in Newnham.

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