Welcome to Whitchurch Gateway to the North Wessex Downs
Whitchurch is a small historic North Hampshire country town surrounded by fine chalk and flint downland and stunning, tranquil countryside. Nestling in the upper reaches of the River Test, the beautiful crystal clear waters flow through the centre of the town as it continues south, meandering through ancient chalk meadows, watercress beds and past picturesque chocolate box villages on its journey to Southampton Water.
Whitchurch has something for everyone; whether you are looking for a gentle stroll by the river or a more challenging walk with welcome refreshments in a nearby country pub. Longer circular and linear walks following ancient trackways are available encompassing a wide and varied landscape of big skies, ridges and steep valleys. The Harroway crosses just a mile from the town; dating from Neolithic times, it is sometimes described as the oldest road in Britain and a short distance from Whitchurch you have Watership Down the setting for Richard Adam’s best-selling book of the same name.
To the north of the town Whitchurch is bordered by the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where the sweeping, chalk downland and fields of wheat and barley are home to the skylark and lapwing, the buzzard and red kite. This is a landscape criss crossed by quiet lanes and ancient tracks that walkers can enjoy and a few miles to the west of Whitchurch you will find the remains of Harewood Forest, a rare example of truly ancient woodland and home to a large native deer population.
We look forward to welcoming you to North Hampshire.
Walkers are Welcome
Whitchurch, the first Walkers are Welcome town in North Hampshire
In 2015 Whitchurch gained accreditation to the Walkers are Welcome national town network. Today there are over 100 Walkers are Welcome towns in Britain and wherever you see this sign you can be assured of receiving a warm welcome.
This community led national accreditation scheme recognises towns that make it easy for visiting walkers to:
Here are some websites for further information …Whitchurch local information North Wessex Downs AONB Tourism in the Test Valley Visit Hampshire Walking in Hampshire Overton ‘Walkers are Welcome’ Local weather forecast Google maps
The Walking Partnership
Whitchurch Walkers are Welcome are one of the nominated charities to benefit from the support of The Walking Partnership (Ramblers Walking Holidays).thewalkingpartnership.org.uk