Sparsholt Round from West Wood

Starting at the Mount Down car park, the Sparsholt Round is an easy 2 to 2.5 hour walk, down the Burrow Road path, through Ham Green, the village of Sparsholt, the sweeping fields at Moorcourt Farm towards Nomans Land and back up to West Wood. It’s a varied walk through woodlands, sweeping farmlands, ancient roads …

Clarendon Way loop 6 – Broughton

This walk follows the course of a figure 8 from Houghton to Broughton, up to Broughton Down and back to Houghton on a parallel path. It is the 6th loop along the Clarendon Way. Start in the village of Houghton, on the left bank of the river Test. There is limited roadside parking in the …

Clarendon Way loop 4 – Furzedown and Beacon Hill

The fantastic view from Beacon Hill over the Hampshire landscape is one of the highlights of this 10.5km walk, the fourth loop along the Clarendon Way (from Winchester). Doing this walk in mid March 2021 with a fair bit of sunshine was the perfect medicine against lockdown fatigue. Start at in the centre of King’s …

Ham Green, Sparsholt

There are two new benches on Ham Green, a nice little commons with great views towards Sparsholt and Deane. Traffic-wise, Dean Lane is usually quiet and also good for cycling. On the return there is a climb towards Lanham Lane and then a gentle decline back down to Dean Lane. The longer version of the …

walk#11 – no man’s land to bluebell heaven

Crabwood and Farley Mount is a popular destination for Winchester residents who want to go for a walk. Rather than driving to one of the car parks on Farley Mount Road, the the walk from the starting point at Waitrose is a great, albeit slightly longer excursion. Following the route counter-clockwise, we leave town on …

walk#9 – south downs views

We leave the city to the East, climb up St Giles Hill to take in some South Downs views. Winchester is at the western end of the South Downs National Park and the starting or end point of the South Downs Way. Walking along the top ridge of Magdalen Hill Down, a butterfly conservatory, down …

walk#7 – horses, burial mounds and an avenue

The path through Littleton Stud with paddocks connects Three Maids Hill by Andover Road with the village of Littleton. Further to the west, past Stockbridge Road, there is a grand, grassy avenue leading to Lainston House, flanked by a nice strip of woodland. This walks takes us to the northern outskirts of Winchester with a …