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Alton Walking Festival 2018

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Alton Town Council’s Walking Festival is now in its fifth year and has grown from its humble beginnings of a single weekend, to an entire month long festival featuring over 40 walks throughout May. The Walking Festival is now one of the town’s featured events, popular with residents and attracting visitors from all over the country.

The Festival offers a range of walks that will give you the opportunity to explore the town and the beautiful surrounding countryside and acts as a gateway to the South Downs National Park.

Launching this year is the Six Hills of Alton - dedicated in memory of Robert Athis, a local resident who wanted all visitors to enjoy the far reaching views from six vantage points around the town.

Thank you to all the Walk Leaders and Walking Groups who have worked with the Town Council to evolve this month long Walking Festival.

All walks must be booked in advance and are free (travel and parking costs are at the expense of the walker). You can either book walks online or email community@alton.gov.uk.

If your chosen walk is fully booked please contact Natalie Beckell at community@alton.gov.uk and we will add your name to a waiting list and if a space comes available we will contact you. Thank you.

Saturday 19th May
Bentley to Alton

The route is via Redcap Copse, Binsted Plateau, Binsted, Holy Cross Church, Wyck, Neatham and back to Alton Station. A mix of fields and woodland, with beautiful views.
MODERATE. Dogs welcome on leads.
Start/Meet time: 9.30am from Bentley station (catch 9.14am train from Alton).
Distance/Approx duration: 7½ miles / 3½ hours



Alton Town Tour FULLY BOOKED
FULLY BOOKED please email community@alton.gov.uk if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

Take a guided tour around key historic landmarks in Alton such as St Lawrence's Church and the Friends Meeting House. One short steep slope.
EASY. Not suitable for dogs.
Start/Meet time: 11.15am, Outside the Curtis Museum, 11.30am start
Distance/Approx duration: 2 miles / 1½ - 2 hours



Alton Six Hills Walk - West

This is part of the 'Full Circuit Alton Six Hills Walk'. This walk includes 3 of the magnificent views of Alton from the surrounding hills to the west and north of the town.
MODERATE. Dogs welcome on leads.
Start/Meet time: 9.45am Alton Town Hall (Market Square), 10.00am start
Distance/Approx duration: 6 miles / 2½ -3 hours

Sunday 20th May
Alton Ramblers - Chawton Park Wood, plus Chawton and Four Marks

A later look at the bluebells. Via Four Marks, Chawton and Writer's Way. Refreshments at Garthowen garden centre.
MODERATE. Dogs welcome on leads.
Start/Meet time: 9.00am, Alton Sports Centre, 9.10am start
Distance/Approx duration: 10 miles / 5-6 hours


Binsted, Wheatley and South Hay Circuit
This walk starts at Binsted Recreation Ground and heads east to Wheatley before looping South Hay. The walk continues past Stubbs Farm and climbs the hanger before returning via Forty Acres and Holy Cross Church. MODERATE. Dogs welcome on leads.
Start/Meet time: 9.45am, Binsted Recreation Ground, 10.00am start
Distance/Approx duration: 4½ miles / 1½ - 2 hours

Monday 21st May
Binsted Wyck and Neatham

This walk starts at Binsted Recreation Ground and heads west to Wyck. The walk continues via East Worldham, Clays Farm, Manor Farm and Mill Court. Then heads back south to Wyck before returning to Binsted via Forty Acres and Holy Cross Church.
MODERATE. Dogs welcome on leads.
Start/Meet time: 9.45am, Binsted Recreation Ground, 10.00am start
Distance/Approx duration: 7½ miles / 3½ hours

Tickley, Lower Wield and Bradley Circular
A walk through Woodland Trust land, farmland and on tracks north-west of Bentlworth. Some road walking.
MODERATE. Dogs welcome on leads.
Start/Meet time: 9.30am, small Woodland Trust car park just south of Tickley on the Bentworth to Burkham lane.
Distance/Approx duration: 10 miles / 5 hours


Tuesday 22nd May
Alton Ramblers - Ackender Wood, Thedden Copse and Great Wood
FULLY BOOKED
FULLY BOOKED please email community@alton.gov.uk if you would like to be added to the waiting list.


This walk mainly follows well-worn woodland bridleways with some road walking. It is fairly hilly with some good views. The walk finally emerges from woods into a lane to reach Will Hall Farm.
MODERATE. Dogs welcome on leads.
Start/Meet time: 9.45am, Alton Sports Centre, 10.00am start
Distance/Approx duration: 5 miles / 2½ hours

Upper Farringdon and Truncheaunts (Long Version)
On this walk you will pass Jane Austen's home, Chawton House and St. Nicholas church in Chawton to arrive at All Saints
Church, Farringdon. The route continues through West Worldham, Truncheaunts and back to Chawton.
HARDER. Dogs welcome on leads
Start/Meet time: 9.45am, Alton Sports Centre, 10.00am start
Distance/Approx duration: 8 miles / 3 hours

Walking for Health from Holybourne
Join Alton's local friendly Walking for Health group, on their weekly walk through the beautiful Hampshire countryside taking in historical villages. Follow local paths and woodland of outstanding beauty.
EASY.Not suitable for dogs.
Start/Meet time: 10.15am, Alton Rugby Club, Anstey Park, 10.30am start
Distance/Approx duration: 2½ miles / 1½ hours

Wednesday 23rd May
Alton East Tree Walk

Back by popular demand. Discover the hidden aspects of trees in Alton.
MODERATE. Not suitable for dogs.
Start/Meet time: 9.45am, outside the Curtis Museum, 10.00am start
Distance/Approx duration: 2½ miles / 2½ hours



Thursday 24th May
Holybourne - Froyle Circular Walk

This circular walk includes magnificent views from Holybourne Down and follows part of the St Swithins Way. Steep climbs.
HARDER. Dogs welcome on leads.
Start/Meet time: 9.45am, Anstey Park Pavilion, 10.00am start
Distance/Approx duration: 6 miles / 2½ hours



Alton in the English Civil War

Keys places of interest - historic sites in Alton connected with the English Civil War including St Lawrences's Church. One short steep slope.
EASY. Not suitable for dogs.
Start/Meet time: 11.15am Outside the Curtis Museum, 11.30am start
Distance/Approx duration: 2 miles / 1½ - 2 hours



Friday 25th May
Thedden and Ackender Woods

Undulating walk through varied countryside.
MODERATE. Dogs welcome on leads.
Start/Meet time: 9.45am, outside Alton Community Centre, 10.00am start
Distance/Approx duration: 7 miles / 2½ - 3 hours



Saturday 26th May
Alton Northern Loop

The route via Bentley, Pax Hill, Froyle, Long Sutton, South Warnborough, Closedown Wood, Shalden and Greenmount Farm, back to Alton via Flood Meadows.
STRENUOUS. Not suitable for dogs.
Start/Meet time: 9.30am from Bentley station (catch 9.14am train from Alton)
Distance/Approx duration: 15 miles / 6 - 7 hours



Sunday 27th May
Hangers Way
FULLY BOOKED
FULLY BOOKED please email community@alton.gov.uk if you would like to be added to the waiting list.


From Alton along the start of the Hangers Way to Selborne and return via Hartley Mauditt. Bring lunch.
HARDER. Dogs welcome on leads.
Start/Meet time: 9.35am Alton Health Centre Rear Car Park. 9.45am start
Distance/Approx duration: 11 miles / 6 - 7 hours



Birds about the Borough

Starting off with a walk around Kings Pond with a lengthier walk then to be carried out around the southern side of Alton; primarily bird based.
EASY.Not suitable for dogs.
Start/Meet time: 8.45am, Kings Pond, 9.00am start
Distance/Approx duration: 1-2 miles / 2 hours

Monday 28th May
Binsted Parish loop

The walk via Isington, Cadnams Copse, Bentley station, Gravel Hill Road, Holt Pound, Rowledge, Alice Holt Forest, Frith End, Straits Road, Wyck ponds, Wyck, Forty Acres and Holy Cross Church.
MODERATE. Dogs welcome on leads.
Start/Meet time: 9.45am, Binsted Recreation Ground, 10.00am start
Distance/Approx duration: 13 miles / 6 - 6½ hours



Alton East Tree Walk FULLY BOOKED
FULLY BOOKED please email community@alton.gov.uk if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

Back by popular demand. Discover the hidden aspects of trees in Alton.
MODERATE. Not suitable for dogs.
Start/Meet time: 2.15pm, outside the Curtis Museum, 2.30pm start
Distance/Approx duration: 2½ miles / 2½ hours


Tuesday 29th May

Alton Town Tour FULLY BOOKED
FULLY BOOKED please email community@alton.gov.uk if you would like to be added to the waiting list.


Take a guided tour around key historic landmarks in Alton such as St Lawrence's Church and the Friends Meeting House. Suitable for wheelchair users and pushchairs able to manage one short steep slope.
EASY. Not suitable for dogs.
Start/Meet time: 2.15pm Outside the Curtis Museum, 2.30pm start
Distance/Approx duration: 2 miles / 1½ - 2 hours



Walking for Health from South Warnborough

Join Alton's local friendly Walking for Health group, on their weekly walk through the beautiful Hampshire countryside taking in historical villages. Follow local paths and woodland of outstanding beauty.
EASY. Not suitable for dogs.
Start/Meet time: 10.15am South Warnborough village lay by 10.30am start
Distance/Approx duration: 2½ miles / 1½ hours



Cardiac Rehab Family Treasure Hunt
A fun walk and treasure hunt for all the family. Follow clues from the Cardiac Rehab Centre into the beautiful village of Chawton. There will be approximately 40 questions on the route - some easy (for the younger children) and some harder. Return to the Cardiac Rehab Centre where your answers will be marked. Refreshments available on your return. No need to book.
EASY. Dogs welcome on leads.
Start/Meet time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Distance/Approx: 3 miles

Wednesday 30th May
Neatham Down and Clays Lane
FULLY BOOKED
FULLY BOOKED please email community@alton.gov.uk if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

This clockwise walk follows the course of the River Wey from Kings Pond past derelict Anstey Mill. It continues past the site of Neatham Upper Mill to the subway for Neatham Lower Mill. The route then goes into the countryside.
MODERATE. Dogs welcome on leads.
Start/Meet time: 9.40am, Kings Pond,Alton, 10.00am start
Distance/Approx duration: 6 miles / 3½ hours


Thursday 31st May
Selborne Priory Circular
FULLY BOOKED
FULLY BOOKED please email community@alton.gov.uk if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

Quiet country lanes, footpaths and bridleways on a circular route. Finish with a tea at a suitable establishment. EASY. Dogs welcome on leads.
Start/Meet time: 1.45pm, Car Park behind Selborne Arms Pub, 2.00pm start
Distance/Approx duration: 4 miles / 2 hours

KEY:

Easy: Walking experience isn’t necessary for these as distances are relatively short and paths and gradients generally easy. These walks will be taken at a relaxed pace, often stopping briefly at time at places of interest, and may be suitable for family groups.

Moderate: These walks follow well defined paths and tracks, though they may be steep in places. They should be suitable for most people of average fitness.

Harder: These walks are more demanding and there will be some steep climbs and/or sustained ascent and descent and rough terrain. These walks are more suitable for those with a good level of fitness and stamina.

Strenuous: These walks are much longer and more strenuous and there may be some steep climbs and/or sustained ascent and descent. These walks will suit those
with a good level of fitness and stamina.


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