GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Brenda Parker Way

77 miles (124 km)

This splendid walk runs from Aldershot to Andover through the Hampshire countryside. The walk passes through Fleet, Winchfield, Bramley, Tadley, Kingsclere, Highclere, Sidley Bottom, and Rag Copse. Highlights include:

  • A waterside section along the Basingstoke Canal
  • The Wellington Statue - Near the Royal Garrison Church stands the 30 foot statue of the first Duke of Wellington, mounted on his horse, Copenhagen. It was commissioned to mark his victory at the 1815 Battle of Waterloo and is made mainly from bronze cannons captured at the time.
  • Fleet Pond - Hampshire's largest lake is also a peaceful nature reserve and a great place for wildlife spotting.
  • Calleva - an ancient Roman Town near the village of Silchester. See video below for more details
  • Highclere Castle - home of the discoverer of the tomb of Tutankhamun and location for period drama 'Downton Abbey'. The route heads through part of the wonderful 5000 acre estate.
  • Pilot Hill - Hampshire’s highest point.
The Brenda Parker Way is marked in both directions with waymark discs. The Brenda Parker Way website has split the walk into nine manageable sections with full guides for each.

Brenda Parker Way OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Brenda Parker Way Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Brenda Parker Way Pubs/Cafes

In Kingsclere you could stop off at the The Crown. The classic village pub includes a cosy interior with a log fire for the winter days. In warmer weather there's the outdoor area where you can sit and watch the world go by. They have a good menu and can be found at postcode RG20 5QU for your sat navs.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

At Kingsclere you could take a small detour from the route to climb to Watership Down. The hill was made famous by Richard Adams' 1972 novel and the subsequent 1978 animated film. There are some splendid views from the elevated position of the Down.
At Sherfield on Loddon you could stop off at the splendid Longbridge Mill. The 15th century mill includes a working flour mill on the banks of the River Loddon with a visitor centre and a fine pub for refreshment.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Hampshire Walks page.

Photos

Highclere Castle - geograph.org.uk - 1591786

Highclere Castle - Built in 1777. 18th century Landscape gardens with historicLebanon cedar trees.

Fleet Pond from Sandy Bay - geograph.org.uk - 714789

Fleet Pond from Sandy Bay

Footpath, Pilot Hill - geograph.org.uk - 403585

Footpath, Pilot Hill. The footpath descends to a valley before climbing again on its way to Faccombe. The new wooden gate is to provide provide access to the down which is designated access land.

Calleva Atrebatum - geograph.org.uk - 1341414

Calleva Atrebatum. South walls of the Roman town near Silchester.

The Wellington Monument, Aldershot - geograph.org.uk - 64616

The Wellington Monument, Aldershot

Basingstoke Canal, approaching Ash Lock, Aldershot - geograph.org.uk - 115894

Basingstoke Canal, approaching Ash Lock, Aldershot. The lock-gates are behind the bridge carrying Government Road, which in turn is behind a large pipeline. The canal was opened in 1794 between Basingstoke and the River Wey Navigation. It soon fell victim to competition from the London to Southampton Railway, and became derelict. It was purchased by Hampshire and Surrey County Councils in the mid-1970s and was restored by a volunteer workforce. It was reopened in 1991 and the Basingstoke Canal Authority formed to manage it.