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Ashmansworth, Pilot Hill and Faccombe Circular is a 5.9 mile loop trail located near Ashmansworth, Hampshire, England that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking.

Length 5.9 mi Elevation gain 944 ft Route type Loop
Kid friendly Hiking Walking Forest Wildlife
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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.

Ashmansworth village is located in Hampshire, close to the Berkshire border, about 8 miles south west of Newbury and 9 miles north east of Andover. The village is accessed via narrow lanes heading west from the A343. Street parking is available on the main street in the village centre, close to the junction with Barn Close and Cross Lane. Please park with respect to the residents. Approximate post code RG20 9SQ.

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Christopher Livings
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Adie Lovell
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Fantastic views some of the hill are not for the faint hearted.

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Nicola Miller
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Thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful walk. It’s challenging in parts but well worth the views. The route & waypoints are easy to follow. We walked in early August and there was an abundance of wild flowers and butterflies. You pass by several fields of sunflowers at this time of year. Today it was dry under foot but take care in the wet, the steep chalk paths will be troublesome when wet. You’ll walk through arable crops and past sheep, it’s a cattle free zone! Plenty of opportunities for shade in copse areas along the way. There is a large pub with an outside area in Faccombe, but beware as you’ll have some steep hills to climb for the latter part of the walk.

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Will Partridge
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Stunning walk and views. Short period of quiet roads at start and finish but well worth it for the rest. Great for spotting red kites

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Paul McIntosh
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A beautiful walk, breathtaking views, we will be back next spring

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Stuart Robinson
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Great walk. Started in Faccombe as parking was better by a pub and lovely pond.

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Patrick Hulsen
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Beautiful hilly agricultural and woodland passing through 3 beautiful villages with nice panoramic views.

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Christine Foster
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Lovely walk, beautiful views

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Adam Brown
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Good running route with some challenging hill both up and very well marked. Stopped a lot to take photos of birds of pray

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Laura Shakespeare
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Beautiful walk through quaint Hampshire village scenes at countryside. Great for our dog, just a few sections on quiet roads and through just 2 fields with livestock.

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Matt Groom
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A good walk, although it was foggy so didn’t get much of a view. Came across a pheasant shoot and were asked to wait or take an alternative route. Apparently this is a regular occurrence around here, so bear that in mind if you find the sight of a bunch of entitled multi-millionaires shooting innocent creatures upsetting. We had an interesting chat with the game keeper and beaters who put their perspective on it. It all made for a stimulating walk, and we had an excellent coffee at The Jack Russell pub.

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Sharon Wyatt
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Fabulous walk, amazing views. Nice stop at TheJack Russell Inn in Faccombe which is dog friendly too.

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Sarah Sarah
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What a beautiful walk. Didn’t meet a soul. At times all I could hear was nature - no man made sounds. A couple of steep climbs but you can use the excuse of stopping to admire the views whilst you get your breath back!!

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Stevie Rowing-Parker
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Breathtaking walk. Thank you so much for uploading this route. Made our bank holiday weekend walking this with our 14month old in a sling, snoozing at times. Handy halfway stop and the directions were spot on. Brilliant walk.

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Alan Hemson
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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.

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Steve Jones
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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.

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Stuart Bonell
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We wanted a walk somewhere around here having only discovered the area and the views recently whilst riding through. This turned out to be a great choice. We did it on a pretty cold October day with some wind making it biting on the hill for good measure. Still, we'd come well-prepared. The section up from the Ashmansworth road starts uneventfully (and sadly in the shade!), but glimpses of the views begin to appear. By the time you hit the lane and make towards the Wayfarer's Walk, it's become clear just why everyone raves about the views. From Pilot Hill before heading off across the field, we both agreed that the views are the best we have seen in the South of England and a joy on such a cold clear day. We also spotted our dream house (you'll see it :-)) , but sadly someone's just bought it (never mind that it's way out of our budget). The down up through the valley on the Faccombe estate (surrounded by pheasants) is less impressive, but still lovely in a rolling countryside way. In the autumn we were treated to a variety of colours and textures (there's something about a splash of light coloured ploughed field amongst the trees :-) ) For once we left the sandwiches at home and treated ourselves to a pub lunch at the actually extremely good Jack Russell Inn in Faccombe. We wondered if the distance is correct (it felt like less) but I've checked and it is 6 miles. We added on a loop by continuing straight on the Faccombe to Ashmansworth lane a little and turning right on to the Brenda Parker Way again. We then turned hard left just before the A343 (next to a kennels) and followed a FP up through Sidley Wood back to the Ashmansworth road. That turns it into just shy of 8 miles. Nothing extraordinary on this loop, but pleasant enough if you want a longer route. We're getting used to seeing a lot of raptors on our walks, but were still amazed by the number of Red Kites and other birds (buzzards?) we saw - 16 over a field at one point and a constant and close presence throughout - they were doing a good job of keeping the roads clean of suicidal pheasants. We thought the gradients might be steeper from the description. It's right to call it out, but don't let that put you off if you do any walking at all and have occasionally gone up a hill. There's nothing that's so steep or so long that it would be an issue provided you are even moderately fit (we're reforming couch potatoes).

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Keith Barker
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Did this walk yesterday and was amazed by the peace, silence, and stunning scenery. It was a warm day and by the end, after all steep climbs, my legs certainly felt it. By the time we got to Faccombe, we were relishing the prospect of a cool drink in the pub, but alas the only one, the Jack Russell, had already been demolished to make way for housing, although I later learnt it is to be replaced with a new pub. Ashmansworth is a beautiful village, (spot the quirky topiary) although extremely quiet and one suspects this was a more lively community before its only pub (The Plough...by most accounts a popular and highly regarded pub) was closed in 2013 following a long but ultimately unsuccessful campaign to keep it open.

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Cathelijne Spoelstra
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Stunning walk, perfect instructions, thoroughly recommended!

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John Linney
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Wonderful walk with stunning views. Fabulous instructions, throughly recommend

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julie julie
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Beautiful walk for a crisp autumn day absolutely loved by the dog! Some quite steep paths on the downhills a little slippery so extra care needed.

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Megan Bennett
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Craig & Zeel Hughes
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Jon Woods
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Kimberly Tin
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Simon Baxter
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madleen O
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Cristina Jinga
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Leanne Price
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Alejandro Zapata
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