Walking Routes

The Alton Six Hills Walk

The ‘Six Hills of Alton’ was first proposed by local walk enthusiast Robert Athis in 2013, who sadly died before the walk was officially launched at the 2018 Alton Walking Festival.

This wonderful walk is a circular ramble around Alton in Hampshire taking in the magnificent views of the town and its surrounding countryside from each of the six hills surrounding Alton using established footpaths and rights of way.

The full circuit is circa 11 miles, however the walk can also be completed in two smaller circuits; west loop – 6 miles and east loop – 8 miles.

The suggested starting point is from The Butts however as this is a circular walk it may be joined at any point along the route.

Jane Austen Circular Walk
The Jane Austen Circular Walk is a 4.5 mile walk through Farringdon and Chawton.

The Writers’ Way
The Writers’ Way is a 13 mile trail taking in Jane Austen’s village home and Gilbert White’s House in Selborne using a mixture of paths and rural lanes. Download a leaflet and also a gpx file.

Hangers Way
The 21 mile long Hangers Way starts at our train station and ends at Queen Elizabeth Country Park. You can divide the walk into 8 sections – please visit Hangers Way for info on each of these sections as the walk is 21 miles long in all.

St Swithun’s Way
St Swithun’s Way is a 34 mile long distance footpath, starting in Winchester and ending in Farnham, passing through Alton. It is named after Swithun, a 9th-century Bishop of Winchester, and roughly follows the Winchester to Farnham stretch of the Pilgrims’ Way. For the history behind the walk and maps please visit St Swithun’s Way which will provide a map and an interactive link to google maps to show you the route.
The Shipwrights Way
The Shipwrights Way does not come into Alton but starts close by Bentley Railway Station at Alice Holt Country Park and continues for 50 miles to Portsmouth finishing at the historic Dockyard, please visit Shipwrights Way

Gilbert White’s Selborne
A walk through the glorious beech hangers and tranquil meadows that so inspired the eminent naturalist Gilbert White.

The Watercress Line
There are a number of stunning walks to take from our countryside stations for every interest. From Alresford station walkers can enjoy a stroll around the Millenium Trail, taking them around the picturesque Georgian town of Alresford. At Medstead visitors take a leisurely trip from the station into Alton, also encompassing Chawton village and Jane Austen’s house. Or from Alton you can follow the Jane Austen trail including a number of places Jane would have frequented including Chawton village

The Wey Walk

COMING SOON 

The Wey Walk will create a riverside walk starting at the source of the Northern Wey which will follow the river through the town centre to the Railway Station.


For other ideas please visit Fancy Free Walks
Windmill Hill
Leave the town centre behind and enjoy the view from Windmill Hill.


Summary
Distance: 3 miles    |    Difficulty: Easy    |    Duration: 90    |    Accessible: No    |    Start: The Butts Green    |    Finish: The Butts Green

Route
  1. From the carved “Lion” bench on the Butts Green turn away from the railway bridges and look towards the town, on your right there is a pelican crossing, cross here and head left into town.
  2. There is a road on your right, Borovere Lane, walk up the hill keeping to the left hand side of the road (as the pavement disappears on the right hand side in a few places), you’ll pass Calender Close on your left and then you need to take the next right, staying on Borovere Lane. Follow the road to the end, where you’ll find a metal entrance gate to the field
  3. Follow the footpath accross the farmer’s field until you leave the farming area and enter the grassed open fields of Windmill Hill. You can walk a circular route around this field – there are 3 paths, the lower / longer one, a middle one and a shorter one around the top only. (Please note water works were carried out here in 2018 and some areas are still fenced off to allow the grass to regrow)
  4. You can either walk back the way you came or there are various exits leaving the grass fields leading onto the Racecourse Estate. One of the easiest is onto Salisbury Close, this is 3/4 of the way round the grassy field if you have take a right on entering from the farmer’s field. There is a wooden rubbish bin and a metal exit gate with a path that leads down to Salisbury Close, you can take a left on reaching The Ridgeway and walk back to Borovere Lane.

The grass fields are suitable for young children (often seen learning to ride their bikes up here) and dogs. There are waste bins at various points. Not suitable for prams and wheelchairs due to the entrance / exit gates – some paths lead straight onto The Ridgeway without gates but these are mud and often quite “boggy”. Great for kite flying.

 

Flood Meadows
An easy walk around Flood Meadows, a 15 acre grassy area and flood plain close to the source of the River Wey.

Summary
Distance: 2 miles    |    Difficulty: Easy    |    Duration: 40    |    Accessible: Yes    |    Start: Lady Place Car Park    |    Finish: Lady Place Car Park

Route
  1. Park in Lady Place car park, head into the Market Square, keeping to your left past Pizza Express.
  2. In front of you there is a crossroads, to the right is Market Street, ahead Amery Street and to your left Lenten Street
  3. Take the left down Lenten Street and when the houses on your right finish you’ll find a footpath leading into Flood Meadows
  4. There is a tarmac path ahead of you, leading up the hill and a tarmac path to your right leading along the river.
  5. If you take the path ahead of you when you get to the top of the hill take a right, follow this along until the path drops downhill and you’ll come to a crossroads of paths leading into a second field
  6. If you take the left hand path you can walk a circular route back to this point. If you take the right you are on the path by the river, which was on your right as you entered the meadows.
  7. You can also exit the meadows via Tanhouse Lane, this is at the end of the second field, there are some carved wooden ducks by the footpath that leads out onto Tanhouse Lane. Follow it to the bottom, take a right and a right again, you are now on Amery Street and you can walk back to the Market Square and the car park.
Dog friendly with red bins for waste. Wheelchair and pram friendly in the main (you can walk along the narrow path through the pond area which isn’t suitable for prams or wheelchairs) Benches to sit and rest on. Dogs and children paddle in the river at the entrance to the meadows as it tends to be very shallow here, beware as the river does get deeper as it progresses towards town.Flood Meadows

Historical Notes

Flood Meadows is famous for its links to Sweet Fanny Adams, unfortunately it was where they found parts of her body after her murder by Frederick Baker. Following the investigation, Baker was convicted of murder and hanged outside Winchester Gaol, 5000 people attended the execution. Fanny Adams is buried in Alton cemetery with the headstone erected by voluntary subscription, reads: Sacred to the memory of Fanny Adams aged 8 years and 4 months who was cruelly murdered on Saturday August 24th 1867. Fear not them which kill the body but are not able to kill the soul but rather fear Him which is able to destroy both body and soul in hell. Matthew 10 v 28.