One of the best ways to view the beautiful county of Hampshire is via one of the to 3,000 miles of footpaths, bridleways and byways which run across some stunning countryside, including two National Parks, scenic coastline, interesting towns and cities, charming villages, lowland heaths and ancient woodlands. The county offers challenging hikes, short distance walks or Sunday pub lunch strolls and to view some of the many routes available please click here.
New Forest National Park
The New Forest National Park offers more than 140 miles of tracks and footpaths with easy to follow signed routes through ancient woodlands, quaint pretty villages and across open moorland. Whilst walking in the New Forest you will come across hundreds of free-roaming cattle, pigs, deer, donkeys and the famous New Forest ponies. Each year the New Forest National Park authorities hold a walking festival offering hundreds of free guided walks across the National Park, which is a great way to get to know the forest with a local expert.
South Downs National Park
The South Downs National Park is one of England’s newest National Parks and offers peaceful countryside with rolling hills and panoramic views. It has 3,300km of footpaths, bridleways and byways waiting to be explored. The South Downs most famous walk is the 100 mile South Downs Way. Stretching from the Historic city of Winchester in Hampshire right across to Eastbourne in East Sussex. This challenging route is ideal for those looking to take of an adventure and can be completed in one go or in sections.
Hampshire has 230 miles of coastline which runs right along the Solent and on a clear day looks out over the Isle of Wight. Along the coast you’ll find the Solent Way, this marked trail contours along Hampshire’s coast and takes in the harbours, nature reserves and busy ports along the way. The county also has several beaches which offer fantastic walks at any time of the year. Discover the beaches of Calshot, Southsea, Lepe Country Park, Hurst Spit and Milford-on-sea. See all beaches in Hampshire.
Hampshire is home to the three vibrant cities; Portsmouth, Southampton and Winchester, all of which have some extremely insightful and historical walks.
There’s a veritable army of tour guides operating in Portsmouth, ready to showcase the city’s heritage and history. Their guided tours and walks are informative and educational, but also fun – and cover a vast array of interests.
A guided walking tour is also a great way to explore Southampton and to find out about it’s fascinating history with an expert. See Southampton Tour Guides and the Southampton Tourist guides both offer regular tours to visitors.
A guided tour with the Winchester Tourist Guides is an excellent way to discover the historic city of Winchester. Tours leave the Tourist Information Centre where tickets may be purchased on the day.