Alton's Walking Week 2020


Welcome to Alton Town Councils walking week which will run from 12th – 18th October 2020.

We have compiled a weeks’ worth of walks for everyone to enjoy.

Please note: 

  • ‘outdoor physical activity events’ are exempt from the restrictions on social gatherings, known as the ‘rule of six’ in England from 14th September.

  • All walks MUST be booked in advance. Please email community@alton.gov.uk if you would like to book.

  • We are limiting our groups to 15. 

  • You’ll need to physically distance from anyone not in your household. 

  • Please do not attend your walk if you are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms.

  • If you touch gates and stiles wash your hands as soon as you can. We recommend carrying alcohol-based hand sanitiser and gloves.

  • Wear suitable clothing and footwear for the conditions.

  • Bring your own food and plenty of water.

  • Please bring your own alcohol-based hand sanitiser, face covering and basic first aid kit. We recommend that the walk leader also brings a first aid kit, but for minor incidents it may be better to use your own.

  • Please arrange your own transport. All travel costs (buses, trains and parking are at the expense of the walker.

  • Many walks are in the countryside/woodland so rest stops for toilets may not be possible.

  • Please arrive 15 minutes before the start if your walk.

Alton Town Council would like to say thank you to all the committed local walk leaders who have put together a programme to promote, share and develop walks in and around Alton.

Difficulty Level:

Footprints EASY  – Walking experience isn’t necessary for these as distances are relatively short and paths and gradients generally easy. These walks will be taken at a relaxed pace, often stopping briefly at time at places of interest, and may be suitable for family groups.


Footprints MODERATE – These walks follow well defined paths and tracks, though they may be steep in places. They should be suitable for most people of average fitness.


Footprints HARDER – These walks are more demanding and there will be some steep climbs and/or sustained ascent and descent and rough terrain. These walks are more suitable for those with a good level of fitness and stamina.


FootprintsSTRENUOUS – These walks are much longer and more strenuous and there may be some steep climbs and/or sustained ascent and descent. These walks will suit those with a good level of fitness and stamina.


Binsted, Green Bridge and the Arboretum - LIMITED SPACES

A lovely route, with great views from the route across the plateau and delightful and little-visited spots on the River Wey, majestic trees in the Arboretum and a lovely climb back up the hanger near Broadview Far. An easy pace, with time to view Binsted plateau, Telegraph House, Green Bridge, White Bridge and the Arboretum.

This walk provides an introduction to the very special heathland of Shortheath Common and the wonderful ancient woodland of Binswood. A gentle walk that will show you a very special part of East Hampshire.

Start time and meeting point:
10.00 am Binsted Recreational Ground

Distance/Approximate duration:
6 miles / 2.5 -3 hours

Walk Key: Moderate, All Welcome, Circular Route, Dogs welcome but only under strict control

Walk Leader: Ian Fleming

Please email community@alton.gov.uk if you would like to book.


Exploring Chawton House Estate And Walled Gardens - FULLY BOOKED

The focus of this walk is upon the parkland and garden of Chawton House Estate. Jane Austen’s brother once owed this estate. Her letters and books have many references to the house and gardens. There will be a short stop to buy takeaway refreshments from the Old Kitchen tearoom. This walk includes the village of Chawton, woodlands, fields and gardens.  Included in the walk will be a short talk about the history of the house, estate and  garden. Could be muddy. There are a couple of stiles, gentle inclines and walking will be at a moderate pace.

Start time and meeting point:
10.30 am The Butts

Approx distance and duration:
4-5miles/3–4hours

Walk Key: Easy, Ideal for over 16, Circular route, Dogs welcome

Walk Leader: Helen Dudley

Please email community@alton.gov.uk if you would like to book.

Saturday 17th October 2020

Celebrating Alton’s Public Open Spaces

A circular walk linking King’s Pond, Windmill Hill, Alton’s Public Gardens, and Flood Meadows.

Start time and meeting point:
1.00 pm Alton Community Centre

Approx distance and duration:
3 miles /2 hours

Walk Key: Easy, Ideal for over 16, Circular route, Dogs welcome

Walk Leader: James Willis

Please email community@alton.gov.uk if you would like to book.

 

Alton To Beech Circular - LIMITED SPACES

The route Is via footpaths out of Alton to Ackender Woods then via Bushy Leaze Woods to the west of Beech village. From Beech we use footpaths to Thedden Grange and then descending through Thedden Copse to the A339. Crossing the main road we climb up hill to eventually join Brick Kiln Lane and then back to the Town Hall via the Flood Meadows. 
This is a walk with lovely views, some hills and Attractive woodlands. 




Start time and meeting point:
10.00 am Town Hall, Market Square

Approx distance and duration:
5.5 miles /2 – 2.5 hours

Walk Key: Easy, Ideal for over 16, Circular route, Dogs welcome

Walk Leader: Paul Ebbutt

Please email community@alton.gov.uk if you would like to book.

Sunday 18th October 2020


Alton, Bentworth, Bradley and the Wields - FULLY BOOKED 

The route goes through Ackender Wood and Beech, passes Thedden and then, by tracks and paths, to Bentworth and Bradley. After Bradley the route heads west and then south to Lower Wield and continues across fields to Upper Wield

A field path south leads to Hattingley and the outskirts of Medstead.

A delightful long walk through some quiet and beautiful Hampshire countryside

The final part of the walk goes through Medstead and then via Chawton Park Wood to reach the sports fields west of Alton and on to the centre of the town.

There are no particularly steep ascents, but this is a fairly long walk and many walkers may find the distance demanding. A moderate pace, with three breaks, two for a quick drink and one for a short picnic lunch.

  • Drink/snack break at Bentworth green

  • Lunch stop at Upper Wield green

  • Drink break at Medstead pond


Start time and meeting point:
9.30 am Town Hall, Market Square


Approx distance and duration:

16.5 miles / 7 – 8 hours

Walk Leader: Ian Fleming

Walk Key: Strenuous, Ideal for over 16, Sorry no dogs allowed

Please email community@alton.gov.uk if you would like to book.