A 6 mile, fairly challenging circular walk through the chalk hills of the Hampshire Downs taking in the villages of Ashmansworth and Faccombe. The route follows ancient lanes and tracks through the rolling hills of farmland and woodland and crosses Pilot Hill, the highest point in Hampshire. The walk is really all about the spectacular expansive views which reach far to the north over Berkshire and Oxfordshire and south across the heart of Hampshire.
The walk includes many climbs and descents throughout, a couple of which are quite steep. For the most part the walk follows ancient tracks but there are a couple of sections along quiet country lanes so take care of traffic at these points. Some of the chalk paths can become muddy and slippery when wet. You will need to negotiate two stiles; these are quite low but enclosed with wire fencing so dogs would need to hop over or be lifted. Most of the surrounding farmland is arable but you will cross one sheep pasture and there are other grazing sections to the sides of the tracks enclosed with electric fencing so take care with children and dogs. Allow 3 hours.
Ashmansworth village is located in Hampshire, close to the Berkshire border, about 8 miles south west of Newbury and 9 miles north east of Andover. The village is accessed via narrow lanes heading west from the A343. Street parking is available on the main street in the village centre, close to the junction with Barn Close and Cross Lane. Please park with respect to the residents. Approximate post code RG20 9SQ.
The full walk can be viewed and printed via the iFootpath website - Ashmansworth, Pilot Hill and Faccombe This walk is also available on the iFootpath App.
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