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 can be found in 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 The Old forge 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. Please note that wifi and mobile reception in the village is very limited and so it is recommended that you download details of the walks before your visit. You can also view a YouTube video created by Dave Ford (Dave's Countryside Walks) of a Hambledon walk completed in April 2021.
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