We all know that Petersfield is a great place to enjoy a walk on an autumn day, but not all of us know where to go. If this is the case for you, here are a few nice autumn walks around Petersfield.
Petersfield Heath is a 69-acre nature reserve located just a short walk from the town centre. With a 22 acre pond in the centre filled with ducks, swans and geese the heath is home to a variety of other wildlife, including amphibians, butterflies, and reptiles. With a flat path looping around the pond it is perfect for families with buggies to explore along the water’s edge. You can even buy duck feed from the cafe next to the playground!
This stunning long-distance walking trail runs through the Hampshire countryside. The trail passes through a variety of landscapes, including woodland, heathland, and farmland. The trail from Petersfield is a great walk for those looking for a bit of a challenge but scaling the steep climb up Poets Stone is definitely worth the view! Enjoy the calmer zigzag descent adjacent to a gorgeous chalk stream and a pond at the bottom.
Alice Holt Forest is a beautiful woodland in Hampshire, perfect for a variety of walks, from short and easy to long and challenging. Here are a few of the places Alice Holt has to offer.
The Willows Green Trail is a short and easy trail, perfect for families with young children. It starts at the main car park and takes you through a variety of woodland habitats, including pine forests, oak groves, and wildflower meadows.
The Lodge Pond Trail is a slightly longer and more challenging trail, but still suitable for most walkers. It takes you around the edge of Lodge Pond, where you can spot a variety of waterfowl, including ducks, geese, and swans.
The Shipwrights Way is a long-distance hiking trail that passes through Alice Holt Forest. It’s a great trail for experienced walkers who are looking for a challenge.
The Easy Access Trail is a short and accessible trail, suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. It takes you through a variety of woodland habitats, including pine forests and oak groves.
The Timberline Trail is a long and challenging trail, perfect for experienced walkers. It takes you through the heart of Alice Holt Forest, past ancient oak trees and towering pines.
In addition to these specific trails, there are many other paths and tracks that you can explore in Alice Holt Forest. You can find a map of the forest at the main car park.
Durford Wood is a 120-acre woodland just a short drive North of town. The wood is filled with paths in every direction possible. Just park up and wander around the stunning site. One of the best things about Durford Wood is that there is something for everyone. Whether you are looking for a challenging walk, a leisurely cycle ride, or a quiet place to relax and enjoy nature, you are sure to find it at Durford Wood.
Milland Mill is a 17th-century watermill located in the village of Milland, just outside of Petersfield. The mill is open to the public on Sundays and Bank Holidays. There’s also a walk around the mill pond, which offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
Queen Elizabeth Country Park is a beautiful 2,500-acre park in Hampshire, England. It is a popular spot for walking, cycling, and horse riding, and it offers stunning views of the South Downs.
One of the most popular walks in Queen Elizabeth Country Park is the Butser Hill Trail. This 4-mile walk takes you to the top of Butser Hill, the highest point in the park, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. To start the Butser Hill Trail, head to the Visitor Centre and follow the signs for Butser Hill. The trail starts out on a gentle path through woodland, before becoming steeper as you ascend the hill.
Once you reach the top of Butser Hill, there are a number of things you can do. You can visit the Iron Age Hillfort, which offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside. You can also visit the Butser Ancient Farm, which is a living museum that recreates an Iron Age farm.
If you are looking for a shorter walk, the Downland Trail is a good option. This 2-mile walk takes you through the heart of the park, and it offers stunning views of the South Downs. To start the Downland Trail, head to the Visitor Centre and follow the signs for Downland Trail. The trail starts out on a gentle path through woodland, before passing through a number of open fields.
The Downland Trail is a great option for families with young children, as it is relatively flat and easy to walk.
This National Trust property is home to a variety of walking trails, including a woodland walk, a parkland walk, and a riverside walk. In autumn, the trees at Hinton Ampner are ablaze with colour, and the parklands are a great place to spot deer and other wildlife. Why not have an adventure this weekend somewhere new!
No matter which walk you choose, you’re sure to enjoy a beautiful autumn day in the Petersfield countryside.
Here are a few tips for autumn walking in Petersfield:
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