Whitchurch, Hampshire - A Town where Walkers are Welcome



Countryside code

Countryside code

The Countryside Code applies to all parts of the countryside. Most of it is just good commonsense, as it is designed to help us all to respect, protect and enjoy our countryside.

The Countryside Code

Hampshire Definitive PROW Map

The Hampshire Definitive Public Rights of Way Map shows all the designated footpath, bridleways and byways in the county and how they link with the road system.

The Hampshire Definitive PROW Map

Dog Walking

The UK is a nation of dog lovers with 23% of households owning at least one dog. It is little wonder then that dog friendly walking routes are in high demand.

This guide suggests dog friendly places to take your dog locally along with some friendly advice on what is expected of you and your dog.
Whitchurch Dog Walking Guide

Report a Problem

Walkers are Welcome towns help to ensure that footpaths remain open and are kept in good condition. If you find problems with paths, stiles etc on public rights of way, please report them to HCC by logging the issues on their website.

Report a Problem on a Right of Way

Walk guides

Below is a list of maps and route guides to whet your appetite …

EXPLORE WHITCHURCH: a series of circular routes around town.

1. BERE-MILL-and-back-via-Town-Paths (about 1 hour, 2.5 miles)

2. FARMS-THE-HANGINGS-and-the-RIVER-TEST (1 hour, 3 miles)

3. FIELDS-THE-HANGINGS-and-the-RIVER-TEST(1 hour, 2.5 miles)

4. SECRET-PATHWAYS-and-the-RIVER-TEST  (about 40 mins, 2 miles)


6.-CIRCULAR-WALK-TO-TUFTON-and-BACK (45 mins, 2.3 miles)

7. EXPLORE-WHITCHURCH-and-the-RIVER-TEST (about 45 mins, 2 miles)

8. To-the-NORTH (about 75 minutes, 3.4 miles)

9. VIA-THE-HANGINGS-and-BERE-MILL (about 1 hour, 3 miles)

10. VIA-TUFTON (about 1 hour, 2.5 miles)

EXPLORE The North Wessex Downs: a series of circular routes north of Whitchurch.

1. BRADLEY WOOD (about 1 hour 35 mins, 4 miles)

2. CAESARS BELT, LITCHFIELD & DUNLEY (about 2 hours, 5 miles)

3. LADLE HILL & the SYDMONTON ESTATE (about 2 hours, 4.3 miles)

4. WAYFARERS WALK and CRUX EASTON (about 2 hours, 4.7 miles) If visiting Heaven’s Gate allow 2 hours 30 mins, 5.7 miles

5. COOPERS in the WOOD & COWDOWN COPSE (about 2 hours 30 mins, 6.5 miles)


Whitchurch Family Fun Walk – a short walk through the town, combined with a fun quiz, which is particularly suitable for families

Whitchurch Heritage Trail – Follow an easy 2 mile trail around the Town noting the buildings of interest and historical connections.

The Whitchurch Mill Trail – a scenic walk of up to 7 miles (there are shorter options), taking in a number of attractive and historic mill buildings along the famous River Test.

The Wayfarers Walk – a long distance footpath from Walbury Hill, Berkshire to Emsworth, Hampshire which passes just a few miles from Whitchurch.

The Test Way – a long-distance footpath from Walbury Hill in West Berkshire to Eling in Hampshire, which passes a few miles to the west of Whitchurch.

The Watercress Way – a 26 mile circular trail along old railway lines and droves and passing through villages long associated with Hampshire’s watercress industry. Take the 86 bus from Whitchurch for the short ride to Sutton Scotney where the trail begins.

Riverdance – a lovely walk which winds to and fro across the River Test and water meadows in the neighbouring village of Longparish.

The Brenda Parker Way – a 78 mile long distance trail across North Hampshire from Aldershot to Andover that passes through some of the prettiest countryside that the North Hampshire Downs has to offer.

Overton– only 4 miles from Whitchurch, Overton is a Walkers are Welcome village.


 The Whitchurch Association,  Gill Nethercott Centre,  Winchester Street,  Whitchurch,   Hampshire, RG28 7HP

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