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Edward Thomas Memorial and Wheatham Hill Circular Route

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South Downs National Park

Edward Thomas Memorial and Wheatham Hill Circular Route is a 3.8 mile loop trail located near Petersfield, Hampshire, England that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking.

Length 3.8 mi Elevation gain 787 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Walking Forest Partially paved Views Historic site
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A circular walk from the village of Steep in Hampshire. The village is aptly named as it sits at the bottom of the steep wooded slopes of Ashford Hangers, known for outstanding views and stunning yew and beech trees and sometimes referred to as Little Switzerland. The walking route begins outside the beautiful village church and heads through woodland and grassland to reach the foot of the hangers nature reserve. A stiff and exhilarating climb takes you up to the summit of Ashford Hangers where you will have outstanding views to the south. The route then leads you to a trig point on the northern edge of the escarpment, providing the ideal viewpoint for the northern vistas, before descending to pass through the village of Steep Marshes. The final stretch heads through more woodland and paddocks to return to Steep. The walk includes one long and stiff climb (of about 150 metres) with several other steady gradients throughout. It follows a mixture of woodland and field paths, with some stretches that can be muddy and slippery, plus a one mile stretch along a country lane (this is normally very quiet). You will cross a couple of horse paddocks plus one sheep pasture (although the sheep are normally held away from the path using electric fencing). You will need to negotiate several sleeper bridges, gates, kissing gates and five stiles (all of which have fence gaps suitable for dogs up to Labrador-size). Allow 2 hours.

Steep is a small village located about 1.5 miles north of Petersfield in Hampshire. The village can be accessed via the A3 or A32. The walk starts on Church Lane, directly outside All Saints Church. There is roadside parking along Church Lane, between the church and village school or beyond the school. There is normally plenty of space unless you arrive during church services or school drop-off and pick-up times. Approximate post code GU32 2DF.

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Kelly Hodgson
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Very steep hill! But beautiful views. Definitely wouldn't consider an easy walk but very much enjoyed by ourselves and our dog.

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jess Swainsbury
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WalkingGreat!

Really enjoyed this walk! quite changeable with some forest, country lanes, vast open fields, and few really stunning views! yes there is a steep section and this is more tiring than other 'easy' walks we've done but well worth it! route is clear and easy to follow.

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Michelle Fountain
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A very steep climb but the view is well worth it.

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Steve Varley
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Hiking

Did this walk with my wife, one of the most beautiful walks we've done to date (and we have done lots). Also the steepest climb we've found in England. Certainly not an easy route this, unless you make a habit of climbing Everest before breakfast!! Highly recommended apart from the climb if you have any sort of heart problem or illness.

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sharon mitchell
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this is a beautiful walk but noone in this area would class this as an easy one. That hill is re-nowned for being a deal breaker! stunning views, peaceful location. as someone previously mentioned, the harrow pub is a must but does only take cash.

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Rachel Trott
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Well worth the drive. We all struggled on the steep incline and were reliably informed by fellow walkers that the easier route really isn't all that better. The views were stunning, Kites flying about and a pretty waterfall near the end. We chose to visit the memorial and pay our respects. Highly recommended.

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Gemma Kaye
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Hiking

stunning views and beautiful walk however I wouldn't say this is an easy walk and is quite challenging in places .

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Nicolas Ferrari
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Lovely trail in nature, beautiful views, forest, wild, hills. We extended the itinerary proposed and it was a great choice. We ended with a more or less 10km beautiful trail. After the memorial turn right and a bit further instead of going straight turn left and allow yourself an extra 4km loop. It starts with a beautiful view and the way is all along worth the detour.

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Kathy Kathy
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A really lovely walk. Clear instruction. Beautiful scenery that were worth the climb! You can find some benches along the way at different viewpoints

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Gerald McIntyre
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Our 14 year old lab made it up the hill (just); apart from that, pretty dog friendly (one tricky stile but he was able to squeeze through the adjacent barbed wire fence). The hill is steep, but the views are lovely and the Harrow Inn is well worth a visit (but make sure you bring cash as no card payments)

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Chris Francis
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Evgenii Tilezhinskii
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John McHarg
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Tracey Middleton
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