Village Walks

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 South Downs National Park. 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 described below are also shown as maps in a book available from the village shops, 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: 0870 010 6022

Refreshments: please support the local pubs, shops and café:

  • The Vine Inn                  023 9263 2419
  • Ball & Ball Inn                023 9263 2692
  • 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

SHORT WALKS (up to 2 miles)

 

Walk 1 Hambledon Vineyard 1 mile
Walk 2 Speltham Down Viewpoint 1 mile
Walk 3 Speltham Down & Church 2 miles
Walk 4 Lotts Stores to Murder Stone 2 miles

MEDIUM WALKS (3 to 5 miles)

 

Walk 5 Wild Flowers & Roman Connection 3 miles
Walk 6 Rushmere, Glidden Oak & Vineyard 3 miles
Walk 7 Hambledon to Denmead 4 miles
Walk 8 Pithill and Glidden 4 miles
Walk 9 Wayfarer's Walk and West End 6 miles

LONGER WALKS & RIDES

 

Walk 10 Two cricket grounds & a pub lunch 6-7 miles
Walk 11 Teglease Down & The Ridgeway 10 miles
Walk 12 Route for horse riders & mountain bikers 10 miles
Village Walk With photos 6-7 miles