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Selborne and Noar Hill

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Selborne and Noar Hill is a 7.7 kilometer loop trail located near Selborne, Hampshire, England that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking.

Distance: 7.7 km Elevation Gain: 207 m Route Type: Loop

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A circular walk from the village of Selborne in Hampshire, on the northern edge of the South Downs. The walk heads south through woodland and across paddocks to reach the Noar Hill Nature Reserve. Once the site of medieval chalk workings, today the reserve is a mixture of grassland and scrub which is filled with beautiful chalk downland flowers every spring and summer. After circling the hill’s woodland ridge, the return leg leads you through Selbourne Common, a woodland and wood pasture which is famous for its association with the eighteenth century naturalist, Gilbert White. The final stretch leads you down the famous zig-zag path constructed by the White Brothers, with outstanding views. The walk has several steady climbs and descents throughout. It follows paths through a mixture of woodland, paddocks, chalk grassland and meadows. Some stretches can become very muddy after periods of rain and in winter so good boots are a must. You will need to negotiate several kissing gates, bridle gates plus four stiles (all of which have gaps suitable for most dogs). Whilst the walk does not cross any farm pastures, you will cross several horse paddocks and you may come across conservation cattle on Noar Hill or Selborne Common. Allow 2.5 hours.

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3 months ago

4 months ago

Lovely walk with some great views. The instructions are very clear but follow them word for word otherwise it is easy to get lost. Remember to wear trousers as it is a little overgrown in areas.

4 months ago

pretty walk.nice scenery. but did get very lost. like 3.5miles out of our way. ended up road walking back to selbourne. never did find the zig zag path. the pub at the end of walk was a very welcoming sight

6 months ago

Excellent walk - lovely sense of open space, beautiful trees and some gorgeous properties to lust after. Pub and Selborne is friendly and reasonably priced. Worth a trip to the church to see the Gilbert White stained glass windows.

6 months ago

I have been to Selborne a few times but never Noar hill and this made a great circular walk taking in the views of the hangars. It was the therapy I needed after a being at work.

6 months ago

Did this walk in a proper grotty grey winter day and it cheered us up immensely. Very recommended as in fact we've done this one twice already now!

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