The Water Babies walk from Micheldever Woods to Itchen Abbas

The Water Babies walk from Micheldever Woods to Itchen Abbas

The Water Babies walk from Micheldever Woods to Itchen Abbas is a 6.5 miles/10.2km loop. It takes about three hours, and takes you around the area Charles Kingsley settled in and was inspired to write The Water Babies. This is mid-Hampshire farm land and countryside at its very best.

It’s a circular walk that climbs high over the chalk downs. The walk ultimately drops into the valley where the pub, The Plough is situated. This is where Kingsley wrote the classic children’s literature. The route also crosses some of the Mid-Hants Railway that’s no longer in use.

If you want to quickly feel far from it all, then this is the walk for you.

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St. Giles Hill View Point in Winchester

St. Giles Hill View Point in Winchester

St. Giles Hill offers breath-taking views of Winchester, literally and figuratively. The climb to the top is steep, it’s a lot of stairs but, totally worth it because of THAT view!

Tie this into a wider walk and you’ll see the city like never before, you’ll find everything you need to know in this post.

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Winchester Walking Tours

Winchester Walking Tours

Winchester Walking Tours are a brilliant way to discover more about the city. Even if you’re a regular long term visitor, like me, it’s nice to know some of the history and stories behind the things you regularly pass by. It also showed me a couple of streets and things I never knew existed!

Here’s more details and why it’s a lovely activity to do…

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Walk around Thorney Island

Walk around Thorney Island

A walk around Thorney Island is nine miles and takes about three to four hours, but guides you around some excellent West Sussex coastline. It’s right on the Hampshire border next to Emsworth.

It’s a circular walk around the peninsula on a public footpath that hugs the shoreline and the MOD owned British Army Military base.

Discover one of the South’s best hidden white sand beaches!

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Walk around Warsash Nature Reserve

Walk around Warsash Nature Reserve

Follow the tree trail on a walk around Warsash Nature Reserve and read the poetry trees for something a little bit different on your next walk.

A popular local spot, the nature reserve is great for picnics, short trail runs and dog walks…

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Walk the Wallington River in Fareham

Walk the Wallington River in Fareham

A walk around the Wallington River in Fareham will take you from town to country in less than 10 minutes.

You won’t believe this walk starts in an industrial estate and has you in glorious farmland in just a few short strides.

If you like a quieter countryside walk and some escapism, this one’s for you…

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Walk around Portchester Castle

Walk around Portchester Castle

A walk around Portchester Castle will take you through the pretty pastel homes of the village, the along the coast and around the historic ruins.

I think I’m a bit obsessed with walks by the water, this is another that takes in Hampshire’s gorgeous coastline!

It’s a fairly short loop but can be extended, take a look…

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Walk Swanick Lakes Nature Reserve

Walk Swanick Lakes Nature Reserve

Swanick Lakes Nature Reserve is home to a series of beautiful lakes, with routes to viewpoints and fishing spots.

It’s a great short trail for walking or running and has transformed the ex-clay pit that was once used to supply the local brick works.

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Walk Gull Coppice and Whiteley Woods

Walk Gull Coppice and Whiteley Woods

Gull Coppice is part of the surrounding woods of Whiteley. It’s a small woodland central to the many paved walking routes in the area, community and shopping centre.

While the woodland is not great from an accessibility viewpoint, the surrounding paved pathways offer a very accessible trail for those who might have different requirements when looking for a walk.

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