We are nestled within the South Downs National Park and have placed a Walks leaflet in the Shepherd’s Huts. Enjoy the six Walks which range from 2.5 miles to 16 miles and some include pub stops at lovely country pubs along the way. Visit these award winning local pubs, all are dog-friendly:
- The Vine in Hambledon – a 16th century country pub set within the idyllic village (Walk 1)
- The Bat and Ball in Clanfield – famous for its cricketing history (Walk 3)
- The Baker’s Arms in Droxford – a great village with great Sunday lunches for the whole family (Walk 4)
- The Shoe Inn in Exton – in Spring and Summer you can sit by the River Meon (Walk 5)
Best Pub Walks in Hampshire
Explore the most popular pub walks in Hampshire with trail maps, driving directions and detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers. Click here to discover our list of dog friendly local pubs.
Countryside Walks in Hampshire
Enjoy long-distance walking routes including the nearby South Downs Way, short feature walks, town walks, accessible routes and discover the Story Trails. These family-friendly easy access trails, only about a mile long, have their own special story to be enjoyed along the way that can be downloaded from the website.
Discover the 10 best walking trails in beautiful Hampshire with trail maps, driving directions and photos from other walkers.
Meon Valley Trail
Following the old Alton to Fareham railway line (which closed in 1968), is an off-road trail suitable for cycling, walking and running but is also used by horses. It runs from south of Wickham to West Meon and can be joined at several points including near the railway bridge at Droxford, or from the top of Chapel Road in Meonstoke.
The New Forest National Park has miles of walks and has produced excellent route maps that you can download or print off and there are also audio tours. The routes are graded from very easy to medium and there are many accessible routes as well as guidance for walkers with dogs.
Turn your mobile or tablet into a GPS with the free OS Maps app. You find, create, share and print routes or upgrade to their Premium service where you can download Explorer and Landranger maps and access ready-made routes from other OS Maps users.
South Downs National Park
Established in 2011, the South Downs National Park has more routes than any other National Park in the UK. The park authority has produced a number of printable routes including some very near to the cottages at Cheriton, Buriton and East Meon.
There are 33 self-guided themed walks around different towns, cities and villages in Hampshire each with a set of clues to solve along the route. The walks are themed murder mystery, spy mission or treasure trail. By solving the clues, you will discover whodunit, find the location of the buried treasure or crack the code and complete the mission just like a true secret agent.
Discover the city with one of the qualified tourist guides and hear a few scandals and stories on the way. Check the website for forthcoming dates. Tickets can be purchased on the day from the Tourist Information Centre.
We’re located in the South Downs National Park and there’s some amazing countryside to explore along with some quite hilly routes if you’re up for a bit of a challenge!
Hire a Bike to enjoy the Meon Valley from the Bespoke Biking
The Bespoke Bike Hub is the place to hire bicycles for your holiday at Wallops Wood. Hires include bicycles, hybrids, helmets, pumps, lock and puncture repair kit. Pick up your bikes from the Bespoke Spoke Bike Hub in Winchester direct at 1-2 Kings Walk, Middle Brook Street, Winchester SO23 8AF
Bespoke Biking also offers guided cycle tours of Winchester to enjoy a 90 minute ride through the beautiful city, taking in the Cathedral, Winchester College and the fabulous Water Meadows. The guided tour is a mostly traffic-free experience that the whole family can enjoy and includes light refreshments and a light lunch at the Handlebar Cafe.
If you are bringing your own bicycle to the cottages and need it serviced or repaired during your stay, this local shop can come to you.
GPS Cycle Routes
Hampshire has a number of appealing cycling opportunities with attractive coastal scenery and beautiful countrywide. This website provides a link to just some of the many cycle routes throughout the county.
Off-Road Cycle Tours
Hampshire County Council and Ordnance Survey have partnered to produce a series of four packs covering off-road cycle routes in Hampshire. Each pack contains up to nine pocket-sized maps with routes of varying length, terrain and difficulty.
Southern Hampshire is particularly blessed with stunningly crystal clear rivers filtered by the chalk that is prevalent in this county. A fantastic experience, out in the fresh air, communing with nature and where you can mindfully enjoy a slow holiday experience. The perfect day to be still, admire the views and breathe in that calm and grounding feeling fly fishing seems to infuse all devotees of this very British pastime.
Stockbridge (30 miles)
A reputation as one of the world’s finest chalk stream fisheries. Bossington Estate’s fishery comprises six beats on the River Test as well as two miles of the ‘Wallop Brook’, and the aquifer-fed ‘Horsebridge Lake’.
Day rod passes are available for any of the river beats, the Wallop Brook beat, or Horsebridge Lake, and can be booked direct on 01794 388265.
East Meon (3 miles)
A beautiful fly fishery with four spring-fed lakes just over the hill from Glamping at Wallops Wood.
Experience days are particularly suitable for novices or anyone who may not have fished for a while. The day includes everything needed – from the tackle and equipment, an Environment Agency (EA) day licence, a fully tutored morning with no more than 3 other people. Book direct on 01730 823134
Moorhen Trout Fishery
Warnford (9 miles)
Fly fishing in the heart of the Meon Valley, an idyllic Hampshire stillwater, set amongst the beautiful and tranquil surroundings of the South Downs National Park. The three acre lake is fed by natural springs and is adjacent to the River Meon.
The crystal clear water is full of rainbow trout, with strategically placed swims and views across open countryside.
Corhampton Golf Club
Corhampton (4 miles)
Visitors are welcome weekdays after 10am at this 18 hole course throughout the year. Set on a ridge above the Meon Valley, the course enjoys stunning views across the hills, valleys and woodland.
Meon Valley Golf Club
Shedfield (7 miles)
An 18 hole championship course cuts through an ancient English oak forest with natural water hazards. There is also a 9 hole course, driving range and putting green. Booking essential.
Petersfield Golf Club
Liss (15 miles)
Visitors are welcome to play this 18 hole course which spans over 200 acres of Hampshire countryside and woodland. To play, call the pro shop to book a tee off time. There is a four ball discount.
South Winchester Golf Club
Winchester (18 miles)
Set around 6 lakes is an 18 hole course, driving range, putting green, short game area and a golf shop. Visitors can play at any time from Monday to Friday and after midday at weekends. Discount rate for a four ball, lessons available and bookable up to 7 days ahead.
Swanmore Golf Club
Mislingford (6 miles)
With views along the Meon Valley, this 9 hole course will provide a challenge for players of every ability. There is also 10 bay driving range with a practice bunker and putting green and shop. It is also possible to hire clubs.
Waterlooville Golf Club
Waterlooville (9 miles)
This 18 hole course was designed by the great Henry Cotton. Visitors are welcome Monday to Friday and weekends, subject to availability. Call to book in advance.
Wickham Park Golf Club
Wickham (8 miles)
Established in 1997, this 18 hole course, in the lower reaches of the Meon Valley, has a driving range and short game area and has a relaxed clubhouse. Booking by phone is advisable and equipment can be hired.
Fontwell Park hosts 24 jump race meeting throughout the year, and remains the only figure-of-eight jumps course in the UK. Popular racedays include the Totepool National Spirit Hurdle and Boxing Day racing.
Both horseracing and motorsports take place at the Goodwood Estate which is set in 12,000 acres of the South Downs. Annual motor sports events include the Festival of Speed at the end of June and Goodwood Revival in September. Horse racing events take place from May to October.
This Berkshire racecourse offers top quality racing throughout the year and is home to 29 fixtures including the famous Hennessy Gold Cup.
Wiltshire racecourse hosting 16 flat races between April and October.
Andrew Simpson Centre, Portsmouth
Portsmouth (13 miles)
On the stunning shores of Langstone Harbour, ASC Portsmouth offers a gateway to the Solent from this sheltered coastal location. Discover sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, hydrofoiling or paddleboarding activities.
Emsworth (14 miles)
Enjoy a couple of hours on the waters of Chichester Harbour on the 125 year-old ‘Terror’, a restored wooden sailing boat and the last example of an open-decked working sailboat from Emsworth’s oyster industry. Public trips between May and September must be booked in advance.
Southampton Water Activities Centre
Southampton (23 miles)
Try your hand at sailing (dingy and keel boats), windsurfing, rowing or powerboating. This water sports centre provides courses for every level, whether you’re a beginner or looking for tips to improve. Booking essential.
Woodmill Outdoor Activities Centre
Southampton (17 miles)
Lots of unique land and water based experiences on offer with a range of paddle craft from canoes, SUP boards, kayake or paddleboards. Paddle on the river, climb the High Ropes Course, or try archery and bushcraft.