Selborne - Noar Hill - Selborne

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The first part of the walk takes you along Selborne Common, where for hundreds of years the local 'commoners' and their flock used this wood-pasture. This stopped after 1950 but was re-introduced in 2003 to preserve the wood-pasture ecosystem. With some good views along the way, the route takes you to Noar Hill, which is famed for its many species of butterflies and wildflowers. Walking at the edge of the hanger - the local name for a wooded slope - there is still much evidence of the big storm of 1987, with many broken and fallen trees to see. This area was devastated and it was a long time before it could be walked again. However, Mother Nature has made a marvellous job and it is beautiful once more - and maybe the views from it are even better!

England - South England - Hampshire - Countryside


Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Food Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Museum, National Trust, Pub, Public Transport, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
1/1/2021 - Alison Barrett

A very cold frosty walk for New years Eve 2020.Car park was busy but there are so many walking routes around Selbourne people seemed to disperse in different directions. Very muddy between points 12-13 but we squelched our way through. It did mean the walk took considerably longer than the 2hrs 35 mins. Navigation fairly straight towards the end of section 14/. We did miss something and came across a dilapidated gate which was padlocked, but doubling back we found we the path had been rerouted. Lots of tree growth since the losses caused by storms of 1987 mentioned in the notes but still some lovely views across open countryside.

3/8/2014 - Jill Stacey

We have just returned from this lovely walk. The directions were excellent and despite the recent rains, the paths were easily passable in boots. We saw very few people and enjoyed the quiet and the views.

10/13/2009 - Adrian Perkins

Thanks to Sylvia for doing a complete update of this walk. Adrian (Admin)

10/13/2009 - Douglas Mills

An enjoyable walk which we began after an excellent meal in the Selbourne Arms. We did this walk in late August and parking was quite limited in the public car park. The views from Noar Hill are quite limited in August but we will revisit in the Autumn. We weren't too disappointed to curtail the Noar Hill part of the walk as, with the trees in full leaf, views were very limited. However, we will definitely do this one again, probably in the Autumn. Not only will the trees on Selbourne Hanger be beautiful and the views better from Noar Hill, but it should be easier to find the correct path! Regards Doug Mills

2/8/2007 - Sylvia Saunders

Walk updated February 2007.

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