Ashmansworth, Pilot Hill and Faccombe Circular

MODERATE 4 reviews

Ashmansworth, Pilot Hill and Faccombe Circular is a 9.5 kilometer loop trail located near Ashmansworth, Hampshire, England that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking.

Distance: 9.5 km Elevation Gain: 288 m Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

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forest

A fairly challenging circular walk through the chalk hills of the Hampshire Downs taking in the villages of Ashmansworth and Faccombe. The route follows ancient lanes and tracks through the rolling hills of farmland and woodland and crosses Pilot Hill, the highest point in Hampshire. The walk is really all about the spectacular expansive views which reach far to the north over Berkshire and Oxfordshire and south across the heart of Hampshire. The walk includes many climbs and descents throughout, a couple of which are quite steep. For the most part the walk follows ancient tracks but there are a couple of sections along quiet country lanes so take care of traffic at these points. Some of the chalk paths can become muddy and slippery when wet. You will need to negotiate two stiles; these are quite low but enclosed with wire fencing so dogs would need to hop over or be lifted. Most of the surrounding farmland is arable but you will cross one sheep pasture and there are other grazing sections to the sides of the tracks enclosed with electric fencing so take care with children and dogs. Allow 3 hours.

hiking
16 days ago

This is a great if challenging at times walk with excellent views and a welcoming dog friendly pub just pas halfway. We had just one issue with 2 Stiles that are not dog friendly. We carried our Labradoodle over each one however if you cannot lift your dog your will have to return to the start. The Stiles are located after you cross the crop field and then turn left and right to join the track to Faccombe.

hiking
30 days ago

A beautiful walk through stunning Hampshire countryside. All paths were well marked and the route was easy to follow. The Jack Russell pub in Faccombe made a good half way stopping point for a cup of coffee. Stunning views from various locations throughout the walk.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Stunning walk, perfect instructions, thoroughly recommended!

Monday, October 05, 2015

I tried this walk on a lovely Sunday in early October, truly beautiful scenery and stunning views in the autumn sun. I've not rated it 5 stars as the route between points 2 and 3 crosses a crop field and the landowner has obliterated all signs of the path, we went too far looking for the route, had to back-track to the signpost and trek across a field of sown wheat. This could be hard going when the crops are knee high. Having said that, I'd still highly recommend the walk, the ups and downs are challenging and its of a good length in a very peaceful and quiet part of the countryside, we only saw 3 other sets of walkers whilst on the route. I've added pictures of the non-path in the gallery, when you find the post for the Brenda Parker Way just head up and over the field.

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