Explore the area around you, following Blackwood Forest walks that start from your cabin doorstep. Pick up a leaflet from the Forest Retreat and take one of the marked paths, from 3.2km to 6km, or wander along one of the many, small, unmarked woodland waalks in Hampshire, including a nature-spotting walk around the meadow.
For walks in Winchester, explore the historic town on Alfred’s Ancient Capital walk. This 5.6km walk starts at the statue of King Alfred, who made Winchester the capital of Wessex. This Winchester walk takes in breath-taking views of the cathedral, riverside, meadows, and the 12th Century Hospital of St. Cross. Also in Winchester is St. Catherine’s Hill, a small hill with lovely views over the town, the River Itchen and part of the South Downs. This is an excellent summer walk, when the wild flowers are alive with many species of butterfly.
The first two sections of the South Downs Way take you from Winchester to Old Winchester Hill via Beacon Hill National Nature Reserve, a distance of 25km. Head out from Winchester into the gently rolling hills and up to Cheesefoot Head, where you can see out across the Solent to the Isle of White. The trail crosses the Meon Valley and takes you up into the Beacon Hill National Nature Reserve, where you are rewarded by sweeping views across the valley. The wildlife is spectacular on this stretch too. Drop down into the valley before beginning the next climb to Old Winchester Hill National Nature Reserve, with a fine example of an Iron Age hill fort and more stunning views back to Beacon Hill.