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.
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
- The Old Forge Tea Room - open 7 days a week; 10am-4pm 02392 632452
- The People's Market (general stores) open daily 7am to 8pm 02392 633965
- 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)
||Speltham Down Viewpoint
||Speltham Down & Church
||Lotts Stores to Murder Stone
MEDIUM WALKS (3 to 5 miles)
||Wild Flowers & Roman Connection
||Rushmere, Glidden Oak & Vineyard
||Hambledon to Denmead
||Pithill and Glidden
||Wayfarer's Walk and West End
LONGER WALKS & RIDES
||Two cricket grounds & a pub lunch
||Teglease Down & The Ridgeway
||Route for horse riders & mountain bikers