Hampshire’s Countryside Walks
Hampshire's landscape is a rich fabric of contrasts and the beauty of some of England's most inspiring countryside and coastline can easily be experienced on foot.
Open downlands, tranquil valleys, charming villages, lowland heaths, ancient woodlands and an attractive coastline can all be explored through walks in Hampshire on 3,000 miles of footpaths, bridleways and byways. Many of these routes can be downloaded via the Visit Hampshire website.

One of Hampshire’s long distance walks is the South Downs Way. The route begins in Winchester and stretches 100 miles to Eastbourne.  Along the route are unspoilt views of countryside, small hamlet villages and the English channel. The South Downs Way is a hilly but rewarding route for walkers and mountain bikers. Lonely Planet has even included the South Downs Way in its 1,000 Ultimate Adventures book. More and more people are taking breaks to conquer the whole of the South Downs Way. There are many pubs and…
Jane Austen’s Hampshire

Jane Austen, one of the world's most famous authors, spent most of her life in the historic and beautiful county of Hampshire. Its houses, countryside and people provided the inspiration for many of her novels. 18th July 2017 marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death.

This year is packed with exhibitions, talks, walks and performances throughout Hampshire celebrating Jane’s creativity and talent, including:

The Mysterious Miss Austen event at Winchester Discovery Centre explores the intriguing question – who was Jane Austen? The exhibition looks at the author’s work, life and relationship to Hampshire.

The Allen Gallery in Alton is hosting exhibitions including Jane & her Alton Apothecary.  William Curtis' story offers a fascinating insight into the role played by members of this ancient profession within their local communities. It is possible that William himself may have been the model for the character of Mr Perry, the apothecary in Emma, …
Art and Craft in the Meon Valley

From wood turning to loom weaving, jewellery design to pottery, Hampshire is a county full of wonderful crafts. In and around the Meon Valley are a number of locations where you can sign up to a course to experience it for yourself:

Butser Ancient Farm - workshops take you right back to life in prehistoric Britain, including the Stone Age, Iron Age, Roman and Saxon eras. These inspiring sessions provide hands-on experience in ancient crafts and traditional skills in an atmospheric setting. All necessary tools are provided and all materials included in the price. Workshops include metalworking, carving and weaving.

Chocolate Craft – experience chocolate heaven with a chocolate workshop! Based in Old Alresford, during these courses you’ll be shown the tricks of the trade to make chocolates like the professionals.

Hampshire Watercress
The clear, chalk-filtered streams of Hampshire are the ideal environment for growing watercress, with the Georgian market town of Alresford being England’s watercress capital.

It was the coming of the railway in 1865 that allowed the industry to thrive, with the ability to transport the crop quickly to London and the Midlands without it perishing. Watercress was picked by hand, transported by cart to Alresford station and sold at Covent Garden market the next morning.
Today, the Mid-Hants Railway Watercress Line is a single track steam railway running between Alresford and Alton. There are passing places at the intermediate stations at Ropley and Medstead & Four Marks.

Upon leaving the station at Alresford, the track passes through a deep chalk cutting before crossing the River Arle, from which Alresford takes its name. And if you look to the right you should be able to see some of the watercress beds.
At the Station Information Office you can collect a leaflet abo…
Did you ever wonder about how we came up with the names of our six ground-floor, self-catering holiday cottages here at Wallops Wood Cottages? The cottages were converted from a former agricultural building in the South Downs National Park on the Old Hambledon Steeplechase Racecourse. In memory of this, the cottages are named after Grand National winners. 
We have links to events taking place at nearby racecourses (Fontwell ParkGoodwoodNewbury and Salisbury) from our Facebook page so our guests can experience horse racing as it's done today.