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.
All walks need to be booked in advance due to limited numbers. The full events programme will be available very soon.
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.
Here are examples of a few walks in the programme.
Fanny Adams Alton – Saturday 12th May 11:00am
Go back in time with one of Alton’s local historians for a historical walk through the sites connected to the tragedy of ‘Sweet Fanny Adams’
Walking for Health Walks
We are pleased to confirm that Walking for Heather will be taking part in this years program, welcoming additional walker. The walks are ideal for people how would like to improve their health and enjoying the beautiful countryside and local scenery.
Each walk will be around 2 to 2.5 miles
May 1st start from Jubilee Playing Fields
May 8th start from Binsted Recreation Ground
May 15th start from Selborne car park
May 22nd start from Holybourne
May 29th Start from South Warnborough
Alton Six Hills
This year we are excited to offer for the first time the ‘Alton six hills walk’ which will launch the 2018 Walking Festival. The walk includes taking in the 6 magnificent views of Alton from the surrounding hills around the town. This walk is ideal for advanced walkers.
Alton Town Tour
Take a guided tour around the key historic landmarks of Alton and find out about the fascinating history of the town.
Alton Ramblers will be taking part in this years’ festival offering 12 walks to program. Each walk will be lead by a Alton Ramblers leader. You don’t need to be a member of the ramblers to take part, present members are welcome to join the walks.