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Alton Walking Festival 2019

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JOIN OUR LOCAL WALK LEADERS AT ALTON’S ANNUAL WALKING FESTIVAL

1st May 2019 – 31st May 2019

Building upon the success of last year’s month long Walking Festival, Alton Town Council is once again staging its 2019 event throughout the entire month of May. The programme of walks on offer will entice even more people to get out there and take in some of the best views available in Hampshire.

This year, for the first time, some evening walks of up to 2 hours duration have been included to cater for families who wish to be able to walk together after school or work. The Festival will also continue to encourage those who have not considered walking before to take the opportunity of taking their first steps towards improving their health and wellbeing.

The Festival will offer walkers a range of guided walks enabling them to explore the town and surrounding countryside, featuring walks of 2 – 10 mile durations as well as several feature walks taking in longer distances. Whether you are looking to delve into the town’s history, enjoy the local shops, cafes and restaurants or are a keen walker looking to enjoy a day out in the East Hampshire countryside, the programme will offer something for all ages and abilities.

The ever popular Town Guided Walks will provide an opportunity for residents and visitors to learn some more about the history of Alton getting to know the nooks and crannies of lesser known areas in the town.

Alton Ramblers will be providing a number of Walk Leaders for this year’s festival offering some 12 walks covering a range of routes designed for the experienced walkers. Other volunteer groups will feature walks for beginners as well as those looking to improve their fitness.

The feature walk of the Festival will be The Six Hills of Alton - launched in 2018 and back by popular demand, this allows the more serious walker the opportunity to take in the breath taking views from six of the best vantage points of Alton.

All walks must be booked in advance and are free (travel and parking costs are at the expense of the walker).

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.

Please note you can only book up to two people per walk.



Wednesday 1st May



Six Hills of Alton - Full Circuit

Enjoy taking in the magnificent views of Alton from the six surrounding hills around the town.

Start time and meeting point: 10:00 am The Butts, Alton
Distance / Approx duration: 11 miles / 4 ½ - 5 hours Difficulty: Moderate


Ackender Wood, Thedden Copse and Great Wood

Mainly following well-worn woodland and bridleways with some road walking. It is hilly with some scenic views.

Start time and meeting point: 10:00 am Bank car park, Alton
Distance / Approx duration: 5.6 miles / 2 ½ hours

Difficulty: Moderate


Binsted, Wheatley and South Hay
This is a lovely circular walk taking in beautiful views. Starting at Binsted Recreation Ground, the walk crosses open fields to Home Hanger and continues via Riverhill Farm to Wheatley before looping south and west to South Hay and Stubbs Farm. The route descends, then climbs the hanger and returns to Binsted via Forty Acres and Holy Cross Church.

Start time and meeting point: Morning walk 10:00 am Binsted recreation ground (Clockwise)
Afternoon walk 2:00 pm Binsted recreation ground (Anti-Clockwise)
Distance / Approx duration: 4 ½ miles / 2 hours
Difficulty: Moderate



Thursday 2nd May



Shalden Circular

A circular walk from Alton to Shalden through varied countryside with lovely views.

Start time and meeting point: 10:00 am Alton train station

Distance / Approx duration: 6 ½ miles / 2 ½ - 3 hours

Difficulty: Moderate


Town Tour
Take a guided tour around key historic landmarks in Alton such as St Lawrence Church and the Friends Meeting House.

Start time and meeting point: 2:00 pm Curtis Museum
Distance / Approx duration: 2 miles / 1 ½ - 2 hours

Difficulty: Easy




Friday 3rd May




Lower Farringdon Circuit

A scenic evening walk following a circuit around Lower Farringdon. Walking along the disused railway, paths, woods and fields.

Start time and meeting point: 6:00 pm Lower Farringdon

Distance / Approx duration: 4 ½ miles / 1 ½ – 2 hours

Difficulty: Moderate



Saturday 4th May



Binsted Parish Loop
This is a long circular walk around the parish. There are no demanding climbs but there is a long ascent through Alice Holt Forest. The route takes in Isington, Foyle Mill, Binsted village, Wyck, The Straits, Frith End, Rowledge and Holt Pound.

Start time and meeting point: 9:30 am Gravel Hill car park
Distance / Approx duration: 15 miles / 6 - 7 hours

Difficulty: Moderate



Sunday 5th May



Bluebell Fantasia
Explore the beautiful carpets of bluebells in Chawton Park Woods, Medstead and part of St Swithun’s Way. Possible refreshments at Garthowen Garden Centre.

Start time and meeting point: 10.00 am Chawton Park Wood car park
Distance / Approx duration: 11 miles / 6 hours

Difficulty: Moderate


Wind and Water RSPB Walk - Dawn Chorus NEW for 2019
Introduction to the early morning birds that are vocally active at this time of day during the spring.

Start time and meeting point: 6.00 am Kings Pond car park
Distance / Approx duration: 1 - 2 miles / 2 - 3 hours

Difficulty: Easy


Wind and Water RSPB Walk
A circular walk around Kings Pond followed by, for those who wish, a walk to, around Windmill Hill.

Start time and meeting point: 9.00 am Kings Pond car park
Distance / Approx duration: 1 - 2 miles / 2 - 3 hours
Difficulty: Easy



Monday 6th May



Alton Tree Walk – Anstey Park and Holybourne NEW for 2019
A steady walk led by Alton's Tree warden stopping at points of interest.

Start time and meeting point: 2:30 pm Finnimore Pavilion, Anstey Park
Distance / Approx duration: 2 ½ miles / 2 ½ hours

Difficulty: Easy


Circular walk north of Alton – NEW route for 2019

Discover the villages and countryside on the north side of Alton on this revised northern loop of Alton.

Start time and meeting point: 9:00am Alton Community Centre
Distance / Approx duration: 17 miles / 7 - 8 hours

Difficulty: Moderate


Binsted and the Arboretum NEW for 2019

An interesting figure of eight circuit, starting at Gravel Hill car park, visiting the Arboretum and descending to Bentley railway station. The route continues through fields to Isington and then climbs to West Court, returning via Holy Cross Church and Binsted village, then heading across the plateau and down through Redcap Copse. The final stretch passes Bentley Hall and climbs back through the forest.

Start time and meeting point: 10:00 am Gravel Hill car park
Distance / Approx duration: 7 miles / 2 - 2 ½ hours

Difficulty: Moderate



Tuesday 7th May



Six Hills of Alton – West Circuit
Enjoy taking in the magnificent views of Alton from the three of the six surrounding hills from the west of the town.

Start time and meeting point: 10:00 am Market Square
Distance / Approx duration: 6 miles / 2 - 3 hours

Difficulty: Moderate


Shortheath, Binsted and East Worldham circuit NEW for 2019
Starting at the edge of Shortheath Common, the walk explores the eastern and northern edges of Binswood, an ancient woodland more than 400 years old, continuing to East Worldham and taking in a small portion of Roman Road. The route returns to Binswood and finishes off at Shortheath Common, visiting a fascinating area of bogland before returning to the start via Shortheath pond.

Start time and meeting point: 10:00 am Shortheath Common car park
Distance / Approx duration: 5 miles / 2 - 2 ½ hours

Difficulty: Moderate


Bluebells in Ackender Wood

The circuit will take in the beech trees coming into leaf and carpets of bluebells in Ackender Wood.

Start time and meeting point: 6:00 pm Cricket Pavillion, Jubilee Playing Fields
Distance / Approx duration: 3 miles / 1 ½ - 2 hours

Difficulty: Easy



Wednesday 8th May



Six Hills of Alton – East Circuit
Enjoy taking in the magnificent views of Alton from the 3 of the 6 surrounding hills from the East of the town.

Start time and meeting point: 10:00 am Market Square
Distance / Approx duration: 7 miles / 2 - 3 hours

Difficulty: Moderate


Alton Tree Walk - Anstey Park and Holybourne NEW for 2019
A steady walk led by Alton's Tree warden stopping at points of interest.

Start time and meeting point: 10:00 am Finnimore Pavilion, Anstey Park
Distance / Approx duration: 2 ½ miles / 2 ½ hours

Difficulty: Moderate



Thursday 9th May



Amended Writers’ Way
This is a circular walk based on the Writers’ Way. There will be 3 stops for readings.

Start time and meeting point: 9:45 am Miss Bell’s Fountain, Butts Road
Distance / Approx duration: 10 miles / 5+ hours

Difficulty: Moderate


Row Wood and Shalden
This anti-clockwise walk from the centre of town crossing St Lawrence's churchyard and passes the Quaker Meeting House. The walk then skirts the cemetery and continues through town paths, Anstey Park, undulating countryside, with excellent views, into arable fields and woodland. There are a few stiles and several uphill climbs. The walk returns to Flood Meadows.

Start time and meeting point: 10:00 am Bank car park, Alton
Distance / Approx duration: 6 miles / 2 ½ hours

Difficulty: Moderate



Friday 10th May



The Best of the Basingstoke Canal NEW for 2019

A scenic walk along the canal from Ash Vale to Odiham. Walkers will catch the 9.15 am train from Alton to Ash Vale and return to Alton by the 13 bus from Odiham. The scenery is varied and delightful and the walk is largely level; a good one for any people who want to try a longer walk!

Start time and meeting point: 9:45 am Ash Vale train station
Distance / Approx duration: 15 miles / 6 hours

Difficulty: Moderate


Nature Walk
A gentle walk along the riverside exploring the wildflowers on the banks and finishing off with some pond dipping.

Start time and meeting point: 2:00 pm Kings Pond car park, Alton
Distance / Approx duration: 2 miles / 2 - 4 hours

Difficulty: Easy



Saturday 11th May



Bentley station to Alton Station

A mix of fields and woodland, with beautiful views. A moderate walk via Redcap Copse, Binsted Plateau, Binsted, Holy Cross Church, Wyck, Neatham and finishing at Alton Station.

Start time and meeting point: 9:30 am Bentley Station
Distance / Approx duration: 7 ½ miles / 3 ½ hours

Difficulty: Moderate


Alton in the Civil War
The guided tour visits places of interest which were historic sites in Alton connected with the English Civil War.

Start time and meeting point: 11:00 am Curtis Museum
Distance / Approx duration: 2 miles / 1 ½ - 2 hours

Difficulty: Moderate



Sunday 12th May



Wind and Water RSPB Walk
A circular walk around King's Pond learning about Birds and other wildlife of Kings Pond and Windmill Hill.

Start time and meeting point: 9:00 am Kings Pond car park
Distance / Approx duration: 1 - 2 miles / 2 - 3 hours

Difficulty: Easy


Farnham to Alton
From Farnham train station join St Swithun's Way and follow the trail to Alton through farmland and countryside.

Start time and meeting point: 9:00 am Alton train station
9:15 am train to Farnham
10:00 am Farnham train station

Distance / Approx duration: 12 - 14 miles / 6 - 7 hours

Difficulty: Moderate



Monday 13th May



Monk Wood Circuit – NEW for 2019
This circular walk follows a footpath adjacent to the River Wey, across fields and taking in the magnificent views of Alton from the south east. The walk includes parts of Hangers Way and farmland.

Start time and meeting point: 11:00 am Finnimore Pavillion, Anstey Park
Distance / Approx duration: 5 miles / 2 - 2 ½ hours

Difficulty: Moderate



Tuesday 14th May



Holybourne Circuit
A gentle walk around the village of Holybourne and surrounding area.

Start time and meeting point: 6:00 pm Rugby Club car park, Anstey Park
Distance / Approx duration: 3 miles / 1 ½ hours

Difficulty: Easy



Wednesday 15th May



Shalden and Lasham
This undulating figure-of-eight walk leaves anti-clockwise to pass Flood Meadows and through a residential area to the countryside. It continues to the villages of Shalden and Lasham. It then follows the southern perimeter of the airfield and back via Gason Wood to Shalden.

Start time and meeting point: 10:00 am Bank car park, Alton
Distance / Approx duration: 9 miles / 4 ½ hours

Difficulty: Moderate


Bentworth, Thedden & Ackender Wood
Undulating walk through open countryside and wooded areas.

Start time and meeting point: 10:00 am Alton Community Centre
Distance / Approx duration: 11 miles / 4 - 5 hours

Difficulty: Moderate



Thursday 16th May



Chawton and Truncheaunts
Follow the route Jane Austen walked regularly to shop and visit friends and family in Alton. The walk continues into the countryside with many gates and stiles.

Start time and meeting point: 10:00 am Alton Sports Centre, lower car park, Alton
Distance / Approx duration: 4 miles / 2 hours

Difficulty: Moderate



Saturday 18th May



Town Tour
Take a guided tour around key historic landmarks in Alton such as St Lawrence Church and the Friends Meeting House.

Start time and meeting point: 11:00 am Curtis Museum
Distance / Approx duration: 2 miles / 1 ½ - 2 hours

Difficulty: Easy


Southern Villages of Alton

Follow a circuit of the local villages to the South of Alton (Chawton, Farringdon, Newton Valence, Selborne and Hartley Maudett) along established footpaths and country lanes.

Start time and meeting point: 10:00 am Market Square, Alton
Distance / Approx duration: 13 miles / 6 - 7 hours

Difficulty: Harder


Chawton and Lower Farringdon
A short walk from The Butts to Chawton, walking pass Chawton House into woodland, over stiles and fields to Lower Farringdon. Then back along the old railway line and fields into Chawton.

Start time and meeting point: 10:00 am Market Square, Alton
Distance / Approx duration: 5 miles / 2 - 3 hours

Difficulty: Moderate


Winchester to Alton

A beautiful walk from Winchester to Alton. Starting off walking through the City of Winchester and then through picturesque villages and countryside to Alton.

Start time and meeting point: 9:00 am Winchester Broadway

Distance / Approx duration: 20 ½ miles / 8 – 9 hours

Difficulty: Strenuous



Sunday 19th May



Chawton Park Wood, Plus Chawton and Four Marks
A later look at the bluebells, start via Wivelrod, Bushy wood and Ackender Wood to Chawton and back to Chawton Wood car park via Four Marks. Bring picnic lunch and drinks. Possible refreshments in Chawton.

Start time and meeting point: 10:00 am Chawton Park Wood Car Park, near Four Marks
Distance / Approx duration: 10 miles / 5 - 6 hours

Difficulty: Moderate



Tuesday 21st May



Bramdean Common towards Cheriton

Bramdean Common. 6 ½ mile circular towards Cheriton and Bramdean. Bring mid walk drink and snack.

Start time and meeting point: 10:00 am Bramdean Common

Distance / Approx duration: 6 ½ miles / 3 ½ hours

Difficulty: Moderate


Alton in the Civil War
The guided tour visits places of interest which were historic sites in Alton connected with the English Civil War.

Start time and meeting point: 2:00 pm Curtis Museum
Distance / Approx duration: 2 miles / 1 ½ - 2 hours

Difficulty: Easy



Wednesday 22nd May



Binsted, Froyle Mill & Isington Circuit

The walk starts from Binsted recreation ground and heads towards Froyle Mill, then across to Isington Mill, returning via Isington and Bottom Copse. The walk is mostly on footpaths or tracks, with a short stretch of lane walking.

Start time and meeting point: 10:00 am Binsted Recreation Ground
Distance / Approx duration: 4 ½ miles / 2 - 2 ½ hours

Difficulty: Moderate



Thursday 23rd May



Around the back of Alton
Looking at Alton from a different perspective.

Start time and meeting point: 11:00 am Curtis Museum
Distance / Approx duration: 2 miles / 1 ½ – 2 hours

Difficulty: Moderate



East Worldham circuit
Starting at East Worldham Church you will follow some steep steps into a field where you will follow a footpath to a magnificent view point across Oakhanger and over to the Surrey Hills. Descend down a steep path through woods and fields where you will join the Hangers Way. You will then walk north on Hangers Way and through more woods and fields. You will finish back at East Worldham Church.

Start time and meeting point: 6:00 pm East Worldham Church
Distance / Approx duration: 4 ½ miles / 2 - 2 ½ hours

Difficulty: Moderate



Saturday 25th May



ALFI (Alton Local Food Initiative’s) plots and planters

A circular walk of formerly neglected patches of ground in town, now productive food growing plots.

Start time and meeting point: 10:00 am Costa Coffee, Alton High Street

Distance / Approx duration: 2 ¼ miles / 2 ¼ hours (optional further mile to Jubilee Fields Orchard)

Difficulty: Easy


Town Tour
Take a guided tour around key historic landmarks in Alton such as St Lawrence Church and the Friends Meeting House.

Start time and meeting point: 2:00 pm Curtis Museum
Distance / Approx duration: 2 miles / 1 ½ - 2 hours

Difficulty: Moderate


Alice Holt
A fast-paced walk from Alton to Alice Holt through villages, along country lanes and fields followed by a walk around Alice Holt and then back to Alton.

Start time and meeting point: 10:00 am The Butts, Alton
Distance / Approx duration: 20 miles / 6 - 7 hours

Difficulty: Strenuous



Sunday 26th May



Wind and Water RSPB Walk

A circular walk around King's Pond learning about Birds and other wildlife of Kings Pond and Windmill Hill.

Start time and meeting point: 9:00 am Kings Pond, Alton
Distance / Approx duration: 2 miles / 2 - 3 hours

Difficulty: Easy


Beech and Bentworth
A circular walk around Alton walking through the picturesque villages of Beech and Bentworth.

Start time and meeting point: 10:00 am Alton Sports Centre, lower car park
Distance / Approx duration: 11 miles / 6 hours

Difficulty: Easy



Tuesday 28th May



Holybourne and Upper Froyle
A circular walk with magnificent views from Holybourne Down, continuing through fields and then returning via St Swithun's Way.

Start time and meeting point: 10:00 am Howards Lane, Holybourne (Behind the Church)
Distance / Approx duration: 5 miles / 2 ½ hours

Difficulty: Moderate



Wednesday 29th May



Binsted, Froyle Mill & Isington Circuit
The walk is mostly on footpaths or tracks, with a short stretch of lane walking.

Start time and meeting point: 10:00 am Binsted Recreation Ground
Distance / Approx duration: 4 ½ miles / 2 – 2 ½ hours

Difficulty: Moderate



Thursday 30th May



Upper Farringdon and Truncheaunts
On this walk you will pass Jane Austen's House, Chawton House and St. Nicolas church in Chawton to arrive at All Saints Church, Farringdon. The route continues through West Worldham, Truncheaunts and back via Chawton.

Start time and meeting point: 10:00 am Alton Sports Centre lower car park
Distance / Approx duration: 7 miles / 3 hours

Difficulty: Harder



Friday 31st May



Six Hills of Alton - Full Circuit
Enjoy taking in the magnificent views of Alton from the six surrounding hills around the town.

Start time and meeting point: 10:00 am The Butts, Alton
Distance / Approx duration: 11 miles / 4 ½ - 5 hours

Difficulty: Moderate

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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