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Best trails in Alton

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Looking for a great trail near Alton, Hampshire? AllTrails has 13 great hiking trails, walking trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in South Downs National Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Windsor Great Park or Bambridge Park Garden Centre. Ready for some activity? There are 8 moderate trails in Alton ranging from 4.3 to 99.7 miles and from 370 to 859 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Top trails (13)
#1 - Wessex 100 Circular Walk
South Downs National Park
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Length: 99.7 mi • Est. Multi-day
#2 - From Chawton in the Footsteps of Jane Austen
South Downs National Park
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 2 h 6 m
A circular walk from the tiny Hampshire village of Chawton, within the South Downs National Park. The walk starts from the former home of author Jane Austen which now houses a museum. The route passes through woodland and farmland to reach the nearby village of Upper Farringdon before returning along a disused railway line. Along the way you'll see a few of the places that Jane enjoyed visiting when living in Chawton from 1809 to 1817. Aside from the literary connections, the Hampshire scenery is really beautiful, transporting you into peaceful traditional countryside and quaint villages teeming with thatched cottages. If you want refreshments before or after your walk then The Greyfriar pub is a great find and just a few yards along the road from the car park. The route has a few steady climbs and descents. There are a few kissing gates plus six stiles. Whilst most of the stiles are low with open fencing, making them easy for humans and dogs, the penultimate one is very tall and has wire fencing across so dogs (and some humans!) may need a hand over. The paths are mostly well made but the woodland and field paths can be muddy after periods of wet weather. One of the fields is likely to be holding sheep so take care with dogs. Approximate time 2 hours. Show more
#3 - Selbourne
South Downs National Park
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 38 m
#4 - Lower Froyle and Well
Alton, Hampshire, England
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Length: 6 mi • Est. 2 h 57 m
A circular walk taking in the villages of Lower Froyle and Well in Hampshire. Lower Froyle is a characterful village that refuses to be trapped in any era. Ancient timbered and thatched cottages sit alongside modern brick properties, while the village duck pond and pastures of traditional black sheep contrast with the large modern crop fields and contemporary village hall. The walking route itself makes use of the local ancient lanes, now hedge-lined tracks that act as quiet thoroughfares for walkers and cyclists to discover the peaceful surrounds. The walk has several steady climbs and descents throughout. Some of the paths can get very muddy at times so good boots are a must. Most of the route follows wide green tracks, but you will also need to cross a couple of crop fields and a few sections of path can get overgrown in the height of the growing season. You will need to negotiate several kissing gates plus one stile (which has a large fence gap alongside for dogs to pass through). There is no livestock on route and the enclosed tracks mean that well-behaved dogs can enjoy plenty of off-lead time. There is a half mile stretch along a country lane so take care of traffic at this point. Allow 3 hours. Show more
#5 - Burkham and Lower Wield
Burkham Park
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Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 3 h
A circular walk of byways and field tracks, starting near Burkham in Hampshire. It starts with a path through part of Home Farm which is 338 acres of woodland and open grassland owned by the Woodland Trust. The walk then continues through fields to the village of Bradley where it joins part of the long-distance Three Castles Path to Lower Wield. Just after Lower Wield there is a short road section (with a pub if you need refreshment) and then a byway leads to the Ox Drove Way which takes you back to Home Farm. The route is well away from major roads so is very peaceful. Most of the walk is on the flat with some gentle slopes. There are some very short sections of quiet road but mainly the route is on byways or along field edges. Many of the tracks were muddy after wet weather. There are various gates including kissing gates - and although there were a few stiles, all of those had adjacent, unlocked, five bar gates which could be used instead. Allow 2.5 to 3 hours. Show more
#6 - Weston Common and Weston Patrick
Alton, Hampshire, England
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 28 m
A circular walk close to the village of Lasham in Hampshire. The route explores the pretty woodland of Weston Common before heading north on a bridleway track, passing between rolling arable fields to reach the village of Weston Patrick, with its beautiful church and pretty cottages. The return leg follows an ancient thoroughfare, now a beautiful woodland track. The area is particularly peaceful and you are likely to see plenty of wildlife along the way. The walk has several long and steady slopes throughout, but there are no steep sections. The tracks are a mixture of stone, grass and unmade surfaces, some of which can be very muddy at times, so good boots are a must. There are no stiles, gates or steps on route, but the tracks are very rutted in parts and so would not be suitable for pushchairs or disability buggies. You will not be sharing any of the paths with livestock, although you are likely to see plenty of game birds and wild deer so take care with dogs. There is one stretch (of about 300m) along the edge of a road, so take care of traffic on this part. Allow 2.5 hours. Show more
#7 - Home Farm Woodland Trail
Home Farm Woodland Trust
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 8 m
A circular woodland trail exploring Home Farm Wood near the hamlet of Burkham in Hampshire. As the name suggests, the site was once the farm for the local estate of Burkham Manor. Today, it is a nature reserve managed by the Woodland Trust and is a charming combination of open grassland glades and broadleaf woodland. The walk has just a few gentle gradients and the paths can be very muddy so boots are a must and wellingtons are recommended in the winter months. There are no stiles or steps on route, but you will need to negotiate a number of kissing gates. Dogs are welcome in the woodland, indeed it is a very popular dog walking spot. A small herd of docile cattle are used to graze the site as part of the conservation. The cattle are only ever in one section of the woodland at a time, and this will be marked with signs, so if you do see them (you may not as they can be very elusive!) please keep a safe distance, especially with dogs. There are no toilets or other facilities on the route. Approximate time 1.5 hours. Show more
#8 - Selbourne and Edward Thomas Memorial Extended
South Downs National Park
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Length: 13.2 mi • Est. 6 h 18 m
#9 - Alton Abbey to New Copse to Wivelrod Circular
Alton, Hampshire, England
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 18 m
An hour-long walk out of Alton Abbey. If it has rained it's a muddy route. In the summer it can be overgrown.Show more
#10 - Saint Swithun's Way: Alton to Farnham
Alton, Hampshire, England
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Length: 13.2 mi • Est. 6 h 8 m
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