Winchester to Alton 
East Worldham
Flood Meadows




Thedden and Bushy Leaze Wood Loop 

 King's Pond

Holybourne, Wyck and Binsted Circuit 

Ackender Woods Loop


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Walking Routes

The Wey Walk

The ‘Wey Walk’ is circa 1.75 miles, starting at Alton Station, and aims to showcase Alton as the source of the River Wey. The walk joins the River Wey at King’s Pond and traces its course through the town centre, crossing the High Street (with many cafes and food & drink outlets) and enters Flood Meadows from Tanhouse Lane. The Wey Walk concludes at the river’s northern source, near the bottom of Brick Kiln Lane on the north west edge of Alton.

The Alton Six Hills Walk

The ‘Six Hills of Alton’ Walk is a 11 mile circular around Alton taking in the lovely views of the town and surrounding countryside from six hills outside the town that provide excellent viewpoints. The walk, which uses established footpaths and rights of way, was created by Robert Athis, a local walking enthusiast in 2013, who sadly died before the walk was officially launched at the 2018 Alton Walking Festival.


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 Hangers Way starts at Alton Railway Station and ends at Queen Elizabeth Country Park. The walk has been divided into 8 sections – visit Hangers Way for further information.  

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 is close to Alton, and starts at 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 walks to take from stations long the line, which runs from Alton to Alresford. From Alresford station walkers can enjoy the Millenium Trail, around the picturesque Georgian town of Alresford, or the longer Watercress Way. At Medstead walkers take a return walk 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

Alton Open Spaces

For a walk around the town's open spaces please click here for a map and for a written description please click here  




For other ideas please visit Fancy Free Walks