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Whitchurch is the southern gateway to the North Wessex Downs and this walk crosses two of the typical landscapes of this area of outstanding natural beauty; the open chalk downland and the valleys of the chalk streams. There is natural beauty, traditional local industry and quite possibly the most remote wooden benches in southern England, all to be seen on-route.
The open chalk and flint downland at the start of the walk records human activity from the neolithic period through to the age of steam; this is a landscape crossed by ancient tracks and country lanes where millennia of itinerant chapmen or pedlars once plied their trade.
You will enjoy long views across agricultural fields to the chalk ridges before dropping down into the valley of the Bourne to the quintessential English thatched village of St. Mary Bourne, where we will take a short break for lunch.
Continuing through the village you will pass traditional water meadows and modern-day watercress beds, set against the backdrop of the impressive railway viaduct that spans the width of the narrow chalk stream valley, before returning via road and track to the centre of Whitchurch.
Walk Leader/organisation: Simon Kaufman from Walkers are Welcome, Whitchurch
- Booking: Free – Booking essential – 20 places
- Distance & approximate duration: 9 miles – approx 5 hours
- Difficulty: Fairly strenuous
- Accessibility: Not suitable for wheelchairs. Suitable for older children.
- Dogs: Dogs on leads welcome
- Nearby Refreshments: There will be a short break for a picnic lunch in St. Mary Bourne. Bring a packed lunch or buy a snack from the village shop. Pubs, coffee shops and takeaways in Whitchurch at the end of the walk. Whitchurch Silk Mill café
- Closest Toilets: Public toilets in St. Mary Bourne close to village shop. No toilets at start of walk
- Meeting point: Whitchurch Railway Station Forecourt Station Road, Whitchurch, Hampshire RG28 7ER. OS reference SU 463 489 What3Words: Cement.Newly.Starting
- Public Transport: Rail – Whitchurch Stn. South Western Trains (Waterloo-Exeter line). Please let us know if you plan to arrive on the 10.40 train from Andover. Bus no 86 between Winchester & Whitchurch – Stagecoach South. Bus 76 between Basingstoke & Andover– a 10 minute walk up Newbury St. from Whitchurch town centre to the station
- Public car parks: Paid parking at Whitchurch Station car park
For general booking information, health and safety advice, terms and conditions please see our useful information page.
- Whitchurch Silk Mill Open 10.30am–5pm Whitchurch Silk Mill – Industrial heritage museum in rural Hampshire
- Sandham Memorial Chapel, Burghclere Open 11am–3 pm – National Trust property; a chapel housing visionary paintings by Stanley Spencer. Sandham Memorial Chapel | National Trust
- Highclere Castle, Highclere Open for guided tours May – July – Victorian country house and setting for Downton Abbey with sumptuous rooms, grounds and exhibitions Highclere Castle
For information about Whitchurch Walkers are Welcome, see Explore Further Afield – Whitchurch, Hampshire, Town Website
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