The South Downs Way is 1 of 16 National Trails across England and Wales offering a tranquil escape from the busy world. A massive 160km long, this trail is best suited for people with a reasonable fitness level and is usually completed over 9 days. Of course, you can always walk part of the way! The first two sections take you from Winchester to Old Winchester Hill via Beacon Hill National Nature Reserve and at 25km, is much more manageable to complete. Enjoy sweeping views across the valley and take in the wildlife that call the South Downs Way their home. This trail is an 11-mile drive from our family accommodating hot tub lodgings at Blackwood Forest.
View of the South Downs Way in Hampshire
Farley Mount Country Park is an area of ancient woodland and a local nature reserve popular with walkers due to its spectacular views over Hampshire. At the top of the mount is a folly, with a monument named after the famous racehorse ‘Beware Chalk Pit’. The horse that went on to carry its owner to victory in 1734, a year after falling into a 25-foot-deep chalk pit whilst out hunting. The monument can be seen for miles, particularly when the sun reflects against the white walls. This walk is a 14-mile drive from Blackwood Forest.
View Farley Mount in Hampshire
For river walks in Hampshire, the Clarendon Way is an ideal option and offers a variety of scenery along the way from river meadows to ancient woodlands. Starting in the centre of Winchester, beside the River Itchen, the trail ends at Salisbury Cathedral near the River Avon. This walk passes through the Clarendon Estate and beside the ruins of Clarendon Palace, which date back to the 12th Century. This 42km trail is great for those looking for pub walks in Hampshire, passing through some beautiful villages along the way. This trail is a 15-mile drive from Blackwood Forest.
View of the River Itchen in Hamspire
For circular walks in Hampshire, this 10km walk takes in views of yachts out at sea and birdlife on coastal mudflats. In summer especially, the quaint village is bustling with people enjoying a bite to eat and a well-deserved drink making it ideal for those looking for Hampshire walks with pubs en-route. Boasting spectacular views, period cottages, and picturesque paths, enjoy locally sourced food, and an ale or two after your stroll around Hamble-Le-Rice. This walk is a 31-mile drive from our hot tub cabins at Blackwood Forest.
View of the River Hamble in Hampshire
If your idea of a great walk involves a salty sea air and an ocean view, you’ll likely be looking for beach walks in Hampshire. The Solent Way offers picturesque views across Hampshire countryside, Solent, and the Isle of Wight. With 97km to be explored, this trail is split into 8 sections stretching from Milford-on-Sea to Emsworth Harbour. The trail passed through the New Forest, Southampton, and Portsmorth so there are plenty of places to make a pit stop. This walk is 44-miles drive from our location at Blackwood Forest.
The Solent Way in Hampshire
With miles of trails on offer from circular walks to coastal walks, there is so much to be discovered on your UK staycations in Hampshire. Looking for a place to call home on your next walking holiday? Look no further than our cosy pet friendly accommodation at Blackwood Forest. Spend the day strolling along riverside walks, join coastal walks in Hampshire for spectacular views and walk along sandy beaches before returning to your cosy cabin.