** New Circular Walks in the North Wessex Downs **
Four NEW circular walks have been produced to help you plan your walking during lockdown. The walks range from 4 to 6.5 miles in length and showcase some of the best of the North Wessex Downs countryside just a few miles from Whitchurch.
The paths chosen are in good order and allow for social distancing; they are available to download for free from the WALKS section of this website
New Bus Walk Launched
Whitchurch Walkers are Welcome were delighted to officially launch their new Bus Walk, the third in their Bus Walk series at last Saturday’s Green Fair. This 6.5 mile walk, explores the rarely walked footpaths to the south west between Whitchurch and Bullington, just south of the A303. The trail closely follows the route of the old dismantled railway line that ran from Didcot-Newbury-Southampton and you will encounter a number of the Victorian brick railway arches along the way. At Bullington the path takes you up and over the old railway embankment with clear views along the old track bed.
They say ‘use it or lose it’ and with our local bus services seemingly under constant review, these bus walks can appreciably add to the footfall, so get out there, hop on a bus and enjoy the autumn colour while you can.
Download the walk www.whitchurchwalks.net
Always check bus times in advance Stagecoach South Bus Timetables
** The 1st North Wessex Downs Walking Festival 8th – 23rd June **
The North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a stunning landscape of big skies, chalk ridges, ancient byways and wooded valleys; the very first North Wessex Downs Walking Festival is in celebration of it all.
This is top class walking country and June is the perfect time to get outside, stretch your legs, breathe deeply and venture into unknown territory – maybe even make new friends or learn a new skill along the way. We have put together a selection of walks to encourage you to do some – or all – of those things, but most importantly, we would like you to enjoy this quintessential – and outstandingly beautiful – English countryside.
Please note: Spaces on all walks featured must be pre-booked.
Please follow the link for the full programme of walks and how to reserve your place.
Family Fun Walk, Beer & BBQ
Whitchurch Walkers are Welcome are once again pleased to announce their annual FREE Family Fun Walk across the water meadows to Freefolk with the opportunity to participate in the popular Watership Down Beer Festival & BBQ; a pleasant sociable event for all.
Meet at the Gill Nethercott Centre, Winchester Street, Whitchurch RG28 7HP, we will be setting off at 11.15. Please note, the return to Whitchurch is not a guided walk, people can depart the pub at a time to suit themselves, or catch the bus back from Freefolk. Visitors staying in the area are very welcome to join in.
You can expect to encounter livestock in the fields around Bere Mill – Accompanying dogs must be kept on a lead.
Plan your summer walking in North Hamsphire…
Daisydown Gifts was the first shop to display one of our accreditation stickers and remains an enthusiastic supporter of Whitchurch Walkers are Welcome.
Visitors to the town are often seen asking Jackie for advice, so as well as doubling up as our tourist information point when the next door Town Hall is closed, she has now increased her range of Yellow maps for North Hampshire to help you plan your summer walking in advance. Daisydown Gifts
New Heritage Trail Launched
In 1888, the Star newspaper reported: ‘Whitchurch is in Hampshire. People who live IN it call it a town. People who live OUT of it call it a village. It is about as big as a good-sized pocket handkerchief. It has three shops and 19 public houses’. Today Whitchurch is still the smallest town in Hampshire, unfortunately with less pubs, but a few more shops and a story to tell….
Much of the town centre is now a conservation area and the Heritage Trail takes you on an easy two mile walk passing many of the surviving historic buildings and points of interest along the way.
The leaflet can be downloaded from the Walks section of this website
‘Mill Trail’ Footpath Improvements
Walkers are Welcome volunteers have completed the work to widen and in places level a narrow section of the Mill Trail. Hopefully this will help to eliminate some of the problems encountered during the winter months.
CPRE Hampshire Countryside Awards 2018
A fabulous evening was spent at the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England’s Annual Awards Ceremony and it was great to meet the team finalists involved in so many wonderful countryside projects around Hampshire. Although we didn’t come away with the trophy, on the night everyone was a winner and we are so proud of the achievements of our volunteers and all those giving their time to help protect and improve our environment.
‘The Harroway’ Re-opens to all Users
Walkers are Welcome volunteers have been supporting the North Hampshire Countryside Access Team to complete the work of filling in the potholes caused by off road vehicles on our local section of ‘The Harroway’ long distance byway.
The byway has now re-opened to all users.