Bishop's Waltham Walks
This Hampshire based medieval market town has some nice walks to try in the surrounding South Downs countryside.
This circular walk takes you around Bishop's Waltham on some of the waymarked walking trails that branch off into the surrounding countryside. It runs for about 7 miles and includes some small hill climbs on the way. From the high points there are some lovely views over the South Downs.
The walk starts from Bishop's Waltham Palace at the southern end of the town. The atmospheric ruins date all the way back to 1135. From here you can pick up the Allan King's Way and follow the trail south west along the Bishop's Waltham Railway path. This tree lined path runs along a disused railway towards Brooklands Farm where you turn north to the village of Upham. Here you pick up the Monarch's Way and head east toward Street End. Here you turn south to follow public footpaths back to the town, passing Vernon Hill House on the way.
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Walks near Bishops Waltham
- Allan King's Way - Follow this splendid walking path from Portchester to Winchester and enjoy the wonderful Hampshire countryside.
You start off at the medieval Portchester Castle at the head of Portsmouth Harbour
- Monarch's Way - This incredible 615-mile walk approximates the escape route taken by King Charles II in 1651 after being defeated in the Battle of Worcester
- Pilgrim's Trail - This medieval walk runs from Winchester to Portsmouth through Bishop's Waltham and Southwick, following in the footsteps of the Miquelots, pilgrims who made the long journey to worship St Michael in Normandy
- Wayfarer's Walk - Starting at the town of Emsworth on Chichester Harbour, follow this fabulous 70 mile walk through the heart of Hampshire and on into Berkshire.
You will pass through the pretty Hampshire towns and villages of Cheriton, Droxford, Hambledon and New Arlesford while also experiencing the beautiful landscape and wildlife in this special county.
The path is easy to follow as it is waymarked by metal and plastic disks attached to wooden and metal posts.
Highlights on the route in include the National Trust owned Hinton Ampner stately home with its wonderful gardens and Watership Down - the delightful setting for Richard Adams' 1972 novel
- Forest of Bere West Walk - Explore the West Walk section of the Forest of Bere on this woodland route near Portsmouth
- Hampshire Bowman and Droxford - This circular walk takes you from the popular Hampshire Bowman pub to Droxford using a mixture of public country footpaths in the area
- Meon Valley Trail - This peaceful cycling and walking trail runs along a disused railway track from West Meon to Wickham via Droxford
Head to The Barleycorn Inn for some refreshments after your walk. They do great food and have a lovely large garden area if the weather is fine. There's a charming interior with low beamed ceilings, white wood paneled walls and vintage local photos. You can find the pub at Lower Basingwell Street with a postcode of SO32 1AJ for your sat navs.
The country trails make for a fine dog walk and the Barleycorn Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The Monarch's Way also runs through the area. You could pick it up and follow it west towards the fantastic Marwell Zoo. The zoo is home to over 1,200 animals of 135 species and located just a few miles north west of the town.
The Pilgrim's Trail is another waymarked footpath passing through the town. The historical trail is another fine option for exploring the area around Bishop's Waltham.
For a nice pub walk in the area head east to Dundridge and try the Hampshire Bowman and Droxford Walk. The circular walk takes you from the popular pub to the nearby village of Droxford. The 19th century historic pub has a nice garden outdoors and a real fire indoors for colder days. The pub is dog friendly too if you have your canine friend with you. In Droxford you can also pick up the Meon Valley Trail, a shared cycling and walking trail taking you along the River Meon to Wickham, West Meon and Meonstoke.
For more walking ideas in the area see the South Downs Walks page.