Selborne - Newton Valence - Selborne

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This circular walk starts from the Selborne Arms in the beautiful village of Selborne, known as the home of Gilbert White, the celebrated 18th Century naturalist. The route takes you through his much loved countryside starting with the famous Zig Zag path with its glorious views. The route is varied, with field-paths and tracks through open countryside and woodland with some superb views, returning to Selborne via Selborne Hanger, where you will enjoy a marvellous view of the village including The Wakes, where Gilbert lived for most of his life.
Those walking with dogs may find it useful to know that my dog, a slim, fit Labrador who cannot jump, managed all of the stiles and gates with ease.
Please note that Selborne and its surrounds can get rather muddy after wet periods during the winter.

England - South England - Hampshire - Countryside


Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Museum, National Trust, Pub, Public Transport, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
4/23/2017 - John Hayes

Like Christopher below, we found it difficult at 14 and in the end had to find our own way back via other tracks.

8/18/2014 - Howard Moss

We did this walk at the weekend - lovely walk and will do it again BUT The path between 19 and 20 was so overgrown it was almost impassable - we did beat a way through but maybe it would be better to follow the lane as suggested to 21

11/10/2012 - Simon Peck

We walked this route today and thought it worth leaving a warning about how bad the mud is on parts of the walk at this time of year. You certainly need either wellies or high top walking boots and gaiters and that doesn't solve the problem of trying to keep your balance! Added to that, some of the fields have been recently ploughed with no obvious footpath left. All in all a lovely walk but a bit of a mud bath!

6/20/2012 - Christopher Hawes

We enjoyed this walk. Had no trouble with finding the track from 13 to 14 - it was quite obvious between two areas of low crops. However, we did have a problem with 14 to 15. We could not make sense of the instructions and could not find the correct route. We ended up finding the track which is a straight extension of the track from 14. It went through the field to the left of Northfield Hill and hit the road, where we turned left and walked to 18/19. Also, the track through Selbourne Hangar was extremely muddy - make sure you've got boots with good tread and a walking pole if there has been recent rain!

8/9/2008 - Sylvia Saunders

Thank you Stephen for your helpful comment. The walk has now been updated with an alternative route offered past the summer overgrowth. Please walk it again and raise my mark!

6/8/2008 - Stephen Harris

A fine walk by Sylvia. Our only criticism is that much of the helpful direction markers (finger posts etc) were not visible in places. Also the section where you walk between trees on grass was incredibly overgrown as were quite a few other bits. Still enjoyable but might be worthwhile Sylvia re-working this route as it needs updating. Worth also pointing out that boots (even in high summer) are essential and this is not for hayfever sufferers! Good walk but strenuous. Based on this we give this 7/10.

9/13/2006 - Ray Churcher

We did this one on Wed 13/9/06. Excellent walk with more than ample instructions and helpful photo's. Selborne is certainly a centre for walking. This is probably the third I have done from here. Thank you Sylvia, Ray and Sheila Churcher.

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