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Introduction

 

Hambledon is a great area for walking as there is an extensive network of footpaths, mostly well-maintained and waymarked with yellow arrows on small disks provided by Hampshire County Council (bridleways have blue arrows).   The Wayfarers Walk, a long distance path that goes right across Hampshire, goes through the village on its way from Soberton to Denmead.

 

The village lies in the bottom of a valley surrounded by chalk downlands, and the whole area has been designated as part of the East Hampshire Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.   There are plans for the Hambledon area to be included in the South Downs National Park when this comes to fruition.   On the steep hill-sides around the village are beech woods, known locally as ?hangers?.   There are some lovely views on all the walks.

 

The walks are shown on maps in this book, but you are recommended to use the Ordnance Survey map which covers this area, number 119: Explorer Series (orange cover) for the Meon Valley, Portsmouth & Fareham, scale 1:25,000.   The walks mostly commence from The People?s Market shop (map reference 647151), except route 4 which starts at Lott?s Stores & Tea Room (map reference 641145).   All routes are circular ones, and the last one can be used by horse-riders and mountain bike-riders as it follows bridleways and quiet roads.   Walkers should allow approximately 1 hour for a 2 to 3 mile walk.

 

 

Local facilities

 

Parking:  please park considerately.   There is no public car park.

 

Public transport:            First Bus: 02392-862 412

 

Refreshments:   please support the local pubs, shops and caf?:

 

  • The Vine Inn                  02392-632 419

  • Ball & Ball Inn                02392-632692

  • Lotts Stores & Tea Room ? open 7 days a week

  • The People?s Market (general stores) ? Mon-Sat & Sun am

Country Code

 

  • Be safe ? wear suitable clothing and shoes and take care when crossing roads

  • Plan ahead and follow any signs

  • Leave gates and property as you find them

  • Take your litter home

  • Protect plants and animals

  • Keep dogs under close control

  • Consider other people