Walks around Alton


A walk leaflet developed by Alton Town Council to showcase three walks in and around the town - Windmill Hill Walk, Holybourne Walk and Flood Meadow Walk.  


Supported by Alton Community Centre and Alton Town Council, a series of guided walks around historic Alton take place, starting at the Curtis Museum in the High Street.

Prices are £3 for adults and 50p for children aged 5-16.

Walks for groups can be arranged for other days.

For further information telephone 01420 85057


A 21 mile long-distance walk from Alton to Queen Elizabeth Country Park. 

The route is well sign posted with the logo of a tree on a green arrow. 


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.

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

Walking for Health in Alton starts from Alton Sports Centre every Tuesday at 10.30am as well as the first Saturday of each month at 9.30am.

The Tuesday walk is a 1-1.5 hour walk covering roughly 3 miles. For more information contact Ted on 01420 563520.

The Saturday walk is around 2 hours and covers 5-6 miles. For more information contact James on 07824 313843.

Click here for the Walking for Health leaflet.


Our groups help local people enjoy walking and protect the places we all love to walk. Most groups organise regular walks led by local experts – a great way to get outside, make new friends and discover how walking boosts your health and happiness. You’re very welcome to try walking with us, or to get involved in looking after paths and green spaces and opening up new places to explore.

We cover a large area of East Hampshire and the South Downs, with an interesting variety of scenery. There is always a mid-week walk of approximately 5 miles, and frequently longer ones on the same day, a Sunday walk, normally of about 10 miles, and during the summer we also have a series of evening walks. In addition there are walking breaks away, twice a year. Details of our walks can be found on the Ramblers™ website. We are a very friendly group and enjoy a range of social events. Our priority is for all our members to enjoy their walking and membership. We have published two books on walks in our area.

St Swithun's Way - A 34 mile long-distance walk from Winchester to Farnham

St Swithun’s Way runs between Winchester, the capital of Saxon England, and historic Farnham. Whilst not tracing the original route of the Pilgrim’s Way, as much of this is now the busy A31, St Swithun’s Way follows some of the county’s best countryside paths. Starting at Winchester Cathedral, the route weaves its way east through the picturesque Itchen Valley, taking in several pretty and unspoilt Hampshire villages, enabling the walker to visit numerous churches with pilgrimage connections and take a well-earned rest in welcoming country pubs.

Continuing northeast, it passes through the attractive market towns of Alresford and Alton, as well as Chawton, the home of Jane Austen. Opportunities also abound for the walker to combine a trip with a ride on the Watercress Line, Hampshire’s steam railway which runs through this section of countryside. Following the path of the River Wey, the route reaches Farnham in Surrey, a town with strong links with Winchester. Here, the route continues to Canterbury as the North Downs Way National Trail.

By visiting www3.hants.gov.uk/walking.htm you'll find all things walking in Hampshire including;Long distance walks, Guided walks, Featured walks, Town walks, New Forest walks, Walk the Olympic Rings, Maps and leaflets, Accessible countryside, Story Trails and Dog walking.

To report a problem please visit www3.hants.gov.uk/row/row-problemreporting.htm or for Alton based problems please call Alton Town Council on 01420 83986.