Springtime is such a joyous time of year – don’t you just wish the stunning blossom with that delicate scent drifting through the air lasted longer? Tweeting birds, the smell of freshly mown grass and slightly balmier weather surrounds our senses and soon becomes the norm – but you don’t have to enjoy nature in your garden!
We’ve put together some of the team’s favourite places to go in and around Petersfield!
Now we don’t have favourites but we definitely do have a soft spot for the Lupin Fields at Terwick Church. Bold spires of delicately scented flowers stand proud in their shades of purples, pinks and whites. As they are perennial, these flowering shrubs come year after year producing their first flush in late May. The humble field has since become a goldmine for the budding photographer to use a macro or fisheye lens. Why not take the family for an impromptu, and capture memories whilst creating memories in this floral setting? An ideal activity for the upcoming half term break!
Enjoyment of almost anything comes when it’s easily accessible, and how lucky we are to have this beautiful oasis almost right in the heart of Petersfield. Take a peaceful moment in your day to immerse yourself amongst nature. A new seat, nestled underneath a rose covered pergola, provides a cosy corner to view the long path leading to the topiary walk to take the weight off our feet escaping the busy high street with a drink and a light read. Why not pack a picnic or pick up a tasty treat from one of Petersfield’s interdependent cafés (check out our Where To Eat listings) and take the kiddies – it’s the perfect spot for children to play and learn at the same time; seeing how many different types of flowers or little creatures there are.
This is one for the ambitious adventures to enjoy locally! The Serpent Trail snakes from Haslemere to Petersfield, and stretches as far East as Fittleworth and South as far as Hesworth Common. The route has been divided into 11 manageable sections by the team at the South Downs National Park. Why not try one stage at a time to get those daily steps in? Keep your travel as sustainable as possible by using the public transport suggestions within the guide.
Serpent Trail Walk PDF: https://www.southdowns.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Serpent-Trail-Guide-2021.pdf
If you fancy really taking your enjoyment of nature to the next level, why not venture a little further afield to the Harting Downs. Go on an adventure with the four-legged one and take in the spectacular views of a tiny piece of England’s green and pleasant land. That said, if you don’t fancy such an energetic jaunt out, the dramatic hill-top views and secluded valleys abundant with wild flowers are nothing short of picturesque a stop to refuel. One of our team has even enjoyed flying their kite right at the top of the down and had the best time!
Now this one is just perfect for the kids! Hampshire Countryside Service have created story trails for youngsters to be able to enjoy the outdoors in a. Families can follow the route stopping along the course to participate in short activities or test their general knowledge; a bonus of being able to learn whilst having lots of fun!
Wherever your passion or interest lies, you can enjoy all that Petersfield and its surrounding area has to offer this springtime! So whether you enjoy ground-based or aerial activity, always remember to leave the countryside how you found it – leaving no trace of you being there
We hope you find time to enjoy nature this Spring and don’t forget to tag us in your posts if you experience one of our recommendations!