Alton Walk Festival 1st-31st May 2018


Building upon the success of its Walking Festival, Alton Town Council have taken the decision to hold its 2018 event throughout the entire month of May. The number and variety of walks available will look to entice everyone, from beginner to the experienced walker and will take in some of the best views available in Hampshire. The Festival will also aim to encourage those who have not considered walking before to actively log their progress to being able to complete a 5 km walk by the end of the month and hopefully encourage them to continue walking as a positive step towards their health and well-being.

This year’s Festival will offer walkers a range of guided walks that will allow them to explore the town and surrounding countryside. Whether they are looking to delve into the town’s history, enjoy the local shops, cafes and restaurants or are a keen walker looking to enjoy a day out in the East Hampshire Countryside, the programme will offer something for all ages and abilities.

2018 will promote a number of new walks culminating in the Six Hills of Alton Walk which is dedicated to the memory of Robert Athis, who sadly is no longer with us, but was very much a stalwart for walking and devised the route for this walk.

Thank you to all the Walk Leaders and Walking Groups who have worked with the Town Council to evolve this month long Walking Festival.

All walks must be booked in advance and are free (travel costs are at the expense of the walker). You can either book walks online or email community@alton.gov.uk.


Put your walking shoes on and book a walk today

Tuesday 1st May
Alton Ramblers - Row Wood and Shalden

This anti-clockwise walk from the Alton Town Centre traverses St Lawrence's churchyard and passes the Quaker House. The walk then continues through town paths, Anstey Park, undulating countryside with excellent views, into arable fields and woodlands. There are a few stiles and several uphill climbs. Returning to the Flood Meadows. MODERATE. 
Start/Meet time: Start/Meet time: 9.45am at Bank Car Park (Car park by the Community Centre), 10.00am start
Distance/Approx duration: 5-7 miles / 2 ½ hours  


Walking for Health - JubileePlaying Fields

Join Alton's local friendly Walking for Health group, on their weekly walk through the beautiful Hampshire countryside taking in historical villages. Follow local paths and woodland of outstanding beauty. EASY.
Start/Meet time: 10.15am Jubilee Playing Fields, 10.30am start
Distance/Approx duration: 2 ½ miles / 1 ½ hours

 



Alton Town Tour

FULLY BOOKED please email community@alton.gov.uk if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

Take a guided tour around key historic landmarks in Alton such as St Lawrence's Church and the Friends Meeting House.
Suitable for wheelchair users and pushchairs able to manage one short steep slope. EASY.
Start/Meet time: 2.15pm Outside the Curtis Museum, 2.30pm start
Distance/Approx duration: 2 miles / 1 ½ - 2 hours

 


Alton Six Hills Walk - West

FULLY BOOKED please email community@alton.gov.uk if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

This is part of the proposed 'Full Circuit Alton Six Hills Walk'. This walk includes 3 of the magnificent views of Alton from the surrounding hills to the west and north of the town. MODERATE.

Start/Meet time: 9.45am Alton Town Hall (Market Square), 10.00am start
Distance/Approx duration: 6 miles / 2½ - 3 hours

 

Thursday 3rd May
Shalden Circular Walk

FULLY BOOKED please email community@alton.gov.uk if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

A lovely circular walk recommended for intermediate walkers, with some inclines and a few stiles to cross. This off the beat and track walk offers lovely views of the countryside. MODERATE.
Start/Meet time: 9.45am, Alton Train Station, 10.00am start
Distance/Approx duration: 6½ miles / 3 hours

 

Saturday 5th May
Winchester to Alton

A beautiful walk from Winchester to Alton. Starting off walking through the City of Winchester and then through picturesque villages and countryside to Alton.
Start/Meet time: 9am at Winchester Broadway opposite King Alfred`s statue (catch 8.09am bus from Alton Sports Centre, arrives Winchester 8.45am). STRENUOUS.
Distance/Approx duration: 20½ miles / 8 - 9 hours

 


Sunday 6th May
Alton Ramblers - Bluebell Fantasia

Bluebells in Chawton Park Wood, Medstead and Old Down Wood (Four Marks), and part of St Swithins Way. Refreshments at Garthowen garden centre (optional). MODERATE.
Start/Meet time: 9.45am, Alton Sports Centre lower car park, 10.00am start
Distance/Approx duration: 12-13 miles / All day 8 - 9 hours

 


Binsted to Froyle Mill

This walk starts at Binsted Recreation Ground and heads down towards Froyle Mill, then across to Isington and Bottom Copse. The walk is mostly on footpaths or tracks, with a short stretch of lane walking. It crosses the railway line by foot crossing south of Froyle Mill. MODERATE.

Start/Meet time: 9.45am, Binsted Recreation Ground, 10.00am start
Distance/Approx duration: 4 miles / 1½ - 2 hours

 


Photography Walk - Alton Town
A walking tour of Alton, with members of Alton Camera Club, who will advise on use of cameras, composition etc, based on various points along the route. To suit all ages over 12 and experience levels. Bring your own camera or smart phone. EASY.
Start/Meet time: 1.45pm at Public Gardens Bandstand, 2.00pm start
Distance/Approx duration: 2 miles / 2 hours

 


Birds about the Borough
Starting off with a walk around Kings Pond with a lengthier walk then to be carried out around the southern side of Alton; primarily bird based. EASY.
Start/Meet time: 8.45am, Kings Pond, 9.00am start
Distance/Approx duration: 1-2 miles / 2 hours



Monday 7th May
Alresford Watercress Trail and Eel House

FULLY BOOKED please email community@alton.gov.uk if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

A circular walk incorporating New Alresford and Old Alresford giving walkers the chance to enjoy the crystal clear streams which provide a perfect environment for Hampshire's watercress industry. The walk passes the 1820s Eel House over the River Arle which is one of only two remaining in the country. MODERATE.
Start/Meet time: 11.45am, Alresford Railway Station car park, 12.00pm start
Distance/Approx duration: 5 miles / 2 - 3 hours

 



Bentworth, Thedden and Ackender Woods
Undulating walk through open countryside and wooded areas, from Alton Town Centre. MODERATE.
Start/Meet time: 9.45am, Alton Community Centre, 10.00am start
Distance/Approx duration: 11 miles / 4 - 5 hours

 


Tuesday 8th May
Walking for Health from Binsted

Join Alton's local friendly Walking for Health group, on their weekly walk through the beautiful Hampshire countryside taking in historical villages. Follow local paths and woodland of outstanding beauty. EASY.
Start/Meet time: 10.15am at Binsted Recreation Ground, 10.30am start
Distance/Approx duration: 2½ miles / 1½ hours

 


Wednesday 9th May
Alton Ramblers - Chawton and Truncheaunts


FULLY BOOKED please email community@alton.gov.uk if you would like to be added to the waiting list.
This walk commences on the outskirts of the town and initially passes under the Watercress Line to Chawton. Following the route which Jane Austen walked regularly to shop and see friends and family in Alton.MODERATE.
Start/Meet time: 9.45am, Alton Sports Centre Lower Car Park, 10.00am start
Distance/Approx duration: 4 miles / 2 hours

 


Alton Ramblers - Shalden and Lasham
This undulating figure-of-eight walk leaves the town, pass Flood Meadows and into the countryside. It continues to the villages of Shalden and Lasham. It then follows the southern perimeter of the airfield and back via Gason Wood to Shalden. MODERATE.
Start/Meet time: 9.45am, Alton Community Centre, 10.00am start
Distance/Approx duration: 8 miles / 3½ hours

 


Saturday 12th May
Fanny Adams' Alton

FULLY BOOKED please email community@alton.gov.uk if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

Go back in time with one of Alton's local historians, on a walk through the sites connected to the tragedy of 'Sweet Fanny Adams'. EASY.
Start/Meet time: 10.45am, Curtis Museum, 11.00am start
Distance/Approx duration: 1½ / 2 hours

 


Alton Southern Loop

FULLY BOOKED please email community@alton.gov.uk if you would like to be added to the waiting list.
The walk is via Bentley Station Meadow, Blacknest, Wheatley, Kingsley, Shortheath Common, Oakhanger, Selborne, Farringdon, Chawton and back to Alton. A mix of fields and woodland, with beautiful views. STRENUOUS.
Start/Meet time: Catch the 9.14am train from Alton to Bentley, or start 9.30am at Bentley Station
Distance/Approx duration: 15 miles / 6-7 hours

 


Sunday 13th May
Alton Ramblers - Farnham to Alton

From Farnham Station join St Swithun's Way and follow the trail to Alton through farmland and countryside. MODERATE.
Start/Meet time: Meet at Alton Station at 8.40am to catch 9.14am train to Farnham. Start at Farnham Station at
9.30am
Distance/Approx duration: 12-14 miles / 6-7 hours

 


Birds about the Borough
Starting off with a walk around Kings Pond with a lengthier walk then to be carried out around the southern side of Alton; primarily bird based. EASY
Start/Meet time: 8.45am, Kings Pond, 9.00am start
Distance/Approx duration: 1-2 miles / 2 hours

 


Alton in the English Civil War

FULLY BOOKED please email community@alton.gov.uk if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

Keys places of interest - historic sites in Alton connected with the English Civil War including St Lawrences's Church. Suitable for wheelchair users and pushchairs able to manage one short steep slope. EASY.
Start/Meet time: 2.15pm, the Curtis Museum, 2.30pm start
Distance/Approx duration: 2 miles / 1½-2 hours

 


Alton Six Hills Walk Full Circuit

FULLY BOOKED please email community@alton.gov.uk if you would like to be added to the waiting list.


This is the 'first full circuit run' of the Alton Six Hills Walk. The walk includes 6 hills to walk all with magnificent views of Alton from the surrounding hills around the town. MODERATE.
Start/Meet time: 9.45am, The Butts, Alton, 10.00am start
Distance/Approx duration: 11 miles / 4½ - 5 hours

 


Tuesday 15th May
Walking for Health from Selborne

FULLY BOOKED please email community@alton.gov.uk if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

Join Alton's local friendly Walking for Health group, on their weekly walk through the beautiful Hampshire countryside taking in historical villages. Follow local paths and woodland of outstanding beauty. EASY. 
Start/Meet time: 10.15am, Selborne NT car park, 10.30am start
Distance/Approx duration: 2½ miles / 1½ hours

 

Wednesday 16th May
Alton Six Hills Walk - East

This is the second phase of the proposed Alton Six Hills Walk. This walk includes 4 of the magnificent views of Alton from the surrounding hills to the North East and South of the town. MODERATE.
Start/Meet time: 9.45am, Alton Town Hall, Market Square, 10.00am start
Distance/Approx duration: 8 miles / 3½ - 4 hours

 


Thursday 17th May
Alton Ramblers - Monk Wood, East & West Worldham


FULLY BOOKED please email community@alton.gov.uk if you would like to be added to the waiting list.
The walk leaves Alton in a clockwise direction. It negotiates a business park and crosses the busy dual carriageway, before going through large Hampshire fields giving good views from several high points, two delightful churches and follows part of Warner's Hanger. There is only one steep ascent to negotiate on the way back to Windmill Hill before a downward return home. MODERATE.
Start/Meet time: 9.45am meet at Alton Community Centre, 10.00am start
Distance/Approx duration: 7 miles / 3 - 4 hours


 

 

 

Saturday 19th May
Bentley to Alton

The route is via Redcap Copse, Binsted Plateau, Binsted, Holy Cross Church, Wyck, Neatham and back to Alton Station. A mix of fields and woodland, with beautiful views. MODERATE.
Start/Meet time: 9.30am from Bentley station (catch 9.14am train from Alton).
Distance/Approx duration: 7½ miles / 3½ hours

 


Alton Town Tour
Take a guided tour around key historic landmarks in Alton such as St Lawrence's Church and the Friends Meeting House. One short steep slope. EASY.
Start/Meet time: 11.15am, Outside the Curtis Museum, 11.30am start
Distance/Approx duration: 2 miles / 1½ - 2 hours

 


Alton Six Hills Walk - West

FULLY BOOKED please email community@alton.gov.uk if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

This is part of the 'Full Circuit Alton Six Hills Walk'. This walk includes 3 of the magnificent views of Alton from the surrounding hills to the west and north of the town. MODERATE.
Start/Meet time: 9.45am Alton Town Hall (Market Square), 10.00am start
Distance/Approx duration: 6 miles / 2½ -3 hours

 


Sunday 20th May
Alton Ramblers - Chawton Park Wood, plus Chawton and Four Marks

FULLY BOOKED please email community@alton.gov.uk if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

A later look at the bluebells. Via Four Marks, Chawton and Writer's Way. Refreshments at Garthowen garden centre. MODERATE.
Start/Meet time: 9.00am, Alton Sports Centre, 9.10am start
Distance/Approx duration: 10 miles / 5-6 hours

 


Binsted, Wheatley and South Hay Circuit
This walk starts at Binsted Recreation Ground and heads east to Wheatley before looping South Hay. The walk continues past Stubbs Farm and climbs the hanger before returning via Forty Acres and Holy Cross Church. MODERATE.
Start/Meet time: 9.45am, Binsted Recreation Ground, 10.00am start
Distance/Approx duration: 4½ miles / 1½ - 2 hours

 

Monday 21st May
Binsted Wyck and Neatham

This walk starts at Binsted Recreation Ground and heads west to Wyck. The walk continues via East Worldham, Clays Farm, Manor Farm and Mill Court. Then heads back south to Wyck before returning to Binsted via Forty Acres and Holy Cross Church. MODERATE.
Start/Meet time: 9.45am, Binsted Recreation Ground, 10.00am start
Distance/Approx duration: 7½ miles / 3½ hours

 

Tickley, Lower Wield and Bradley Circular
A walk through Woodland Trust land, farmland and on tracks north-west of Bentlworth. Some road walking. MODERATE.
Start/Meet time: 9.30am, small Woodland Trust car park just south of Tickley on the Bentworth to Burkham lane.
Distance/Approx duration: 10 miles / 5 hours



Tuesday 22nd May
Ackender Wood, Thedden Copse and Great Wood

This walk mainly follows well-worn woodland bridleways with some road walking. It is fairly hilly with some good views. The walk finally emerges from woods into a lane to reach Will Hall Farm. MODERATE.
Start/Meet time: 9.45am, Alton Sports Centre, 10.00am start
Distance/Approx duration: 5 miles / 2½ hours

 

Upper Farringdon and Truncheaunts (Long Version)
On this walk you will pass Jane Austen's home, Chawton House and St. Nicholas church in Chawton to arrive at All Saints
Church, Farringdon. The route continues through West Worldham, Truncheaunts and back to Chawton. HARDER.
Start/Meet time: 9.45am, Alton Sports Centre, 10.00am start
Distance/Approx duration: 8 miles / 3 hours

 

Walking for Health from Holybourne
Join Alton's local friendly Walking for Health group, on their weekly walk through the beautiful Hampshire countryside taking in historical villages. Follow local paths and woodland of outstanding beauty. EASY
Start/Meet time: 10.15am, Alton Rugby Club, Anstey Park, 10.30am start
Distance/Approx duration: 2½ miles / 1½ hours


Wednesday 23rd May
Alton East Tree Walk

Back by popular demand. Discover the hidden aspects of trees in Alton. MODERATE.
Start/Meet time: 9.45am, outside the Curtis Museum, 10.00am start
Distance/Approx duration: 2½ miles / 2½ hours

 

Thursday 24th May
Holybourne - Froyle Circular Walk

This circular walk includes magnificent views from Holybourne Down and follows part of the St Swithins Way. Steep climbs. HARDER
Start/Meet time: 9.45am, Anstey Park Pavilion, 10.00am start
Distance/Approx duration: 6 miles / 2½ hours



Alton in the English Civil War

Keys places of interest - historic sites in Alton connected with the English Civil War including St Lawrences's Church. One short steep slope. EASY.
Start/Meet time: 11.15am Outside the Curtis Museum, 11.30am start
Distance/Approx duration: 2 miles / 1½ - 2 hours



Friday 25th May
Thedden and Ackender Woods

Undulating walk through varied countryside. MODERATE.
Start/Meet time: 9.45am, outside Alton Community Centre, 10.00am start
Distance/Approx duration: 7 miles / 2½ - 3 hours



Saturday 26th May
Alton Northern Loop

The route via Bentley, Pax Hill, Froyle, Long Sutton, South Warnborough, Closedown Wood, Shalden and Greenmount Farm, back to Alton via Flood Meadows. STRENUOUS
Start/Meet time: 9.30am from Bentley station (catch 9.14am train from Alton)
Distance/Approx duration: 15 miles / 6 - 7 hours



Sunday 27th May
Hangers Way

From Alton along the start of the Hangers Way to Selborne and return via Hartley Mauditt. Bring lunch. HARDER.
Start/Meet time: 9.35am Alton Health Centre Rear Car Park. 9.45am start
Distance/Approx duration: 11 miles / 6 - 7 hours



Birds about the Borough

Starting off with a walk around Kings Pond with a lengthier walk then to be carried out around the southern side of Alton; primarily bird based. EASY.
Start/Meet time: 8.45am, Kings Pond, 9.00am start
Distance/Approx duration: 1-2 miles / 2 hours


Monday 28th May
Binsted Parish loop

The walk via Isington, Cadnams Copse, Bentley station, Gravel Hill Road, Holt Pound, Rowledge, Alice Holt Forest, Frith End, Straits Road, Wyck ponds, Wyck, Forty Acres and Holy Cross Church. MODERATE.
Start/Meet time: 9.45am, Binsted Recreation Ground, 10.00am start
Distance/Approx duration: 13 miles / 6 - 6½ hours



Alton East Tree Walk

FULLY BOOKED please email community@alton.gov.uk if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

Back by popular demand. Discover the hidden aspects of trees in Alton. MODERATE.
Start/Meet time: 2.15pm, outside the Curtis Museum, 2.30pm start
Distance/Approx duration: 2½ miles / 2½ hours



Tuesday 29th May
Alton Town Tour

Take a guided tour around key historic landmarks in Alton such as St Lawrence's Church and the Friends Meeting House. Suitable for wheelchair users and pushchairs able to manage one short steep slope. EASY
Start/Meet time: 2.15pm Outside the Curtis Museum, 2.30pm start
Distance/Approx duration: 2 miles / 1½ - 2 hours



Walking for Health from South Warnborough

Join Alton's local friendly Walking for Health group, on their weekly walk through the beautiful Hampshire countryside taking in historical villages. Follow local paths and woodland of outstanding beauty.
Start/Meet time: 10.15am South Warnborough village lay by 10.30am start
Distance/Approx duration: 2½ miles / 1½ hours



Cardiac Rehab Family Treasure Hunt
A fun walk and treasure hunt for all the family. Follow clues from the Cardiac Rehab Centre into the beautiful village of Chawton. There will be approximately 40 questions on the route - some easy (for the younger children) and some harder. Return to the Cardiac Rehab Centre where your answers will be marked. Refreshments available on your return. No need to book. EASY.
Start/Meet time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Distance/Approx: 3 miles


Wednesday 30th May
Neatham Down and Clays Lane

FULLY BOOKED please email community@alton.gov.uk if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

This clockwise walk follows the course of the River Wey from Kings Pond past derelict Anstey Mill. It continues past the site of Neatham Upper Mill to the subway for Neatham Lower Mill. The route then goes into the countryside. MODERATE.
Start/Meet time: 9.40am, Kings Pond,Alton, 10.00am start
Distance/Approx duration: 6 miles / 3½ hours



Thursday 31st May
Selborne Priory Circular


FULLY BOOKED please email community@alton.gov.uk if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

Quiet country lanes, footpaths and bridleways on a circular route. Finish with a tea at a suitable establishment. EASY.
Start/Meet time: 1.45pm, Car Park behind Selborne Arms Pub, 2.00pm start
Distance/Approx duration: 4 miles / 2 hours