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Edward Thomas Memorial and Wheatham Hill Circular Route

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Edward Thomas Memorial and Wheatham Hill Circular Route is a 6.1 kilometer 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.

Distance: 6.1 km Elevation Gain: 240 m Route Type: Loop




partially paved


historic site

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.

1 month ago

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.

3 months ago

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

3 months ago

Absolutely wonderful walk and the dogs loved every minute too

4 months ago

I have no idea why the village is called Steep � Wow that is quite some climb up the hill. Luckily at the top you are rewarded with a view that is simply amazing and thankfully also a bench to rest your bleeding lungs!!! I'm glad I made the journey to do this walk it was worth the drive. Loved the little waterfall too ��

1 month ago

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