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Alton

Hampshire


Slow Ways linking Alton and Basingstoke, Bentley, Bordon, Hook, Micheldever Station, New Alresford, Petersfield

England / Hampshire / Alton

Alton’s seven Slow Ways are 54% checked

Drawn: 7/7
reviewed: 6/7
verified: 2/7
and surveyed: 0/7

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Walk to Alton from further afield

Slow Way Route To do
Alton—Bentley
Altben one Survey me Distance 9km/5mi Ascent 73m Descent 82m
Alton—Bordon
Altbor one

Double check Distance 11km/7mi Ascent 157m Descent 132m
Alton—Bordon
Altbor two

Double check Distance 12km/8mi Ascent 147m Descent 122m
Alton—Hook
Althoo one Pioneer me Distance 21km/13mi Ascent 277m Descent 297m
Alton—Petersfield
Altpet one Pioneer me Distance 22km/14mi Ascent 592m Descent 553m
Alton—Petersfield
Altpet two Verify me Distance 21km/13mi Ascent 538m Descent 497m
Basingstoke—Alton
Basalt one

Double check Distance 23km/14mi Ascent 338m Descent 353m
Basingstoke—Alton
Basalt two Review me Distance 18km/11mi Ascent 274m Descent 258m
Micheldever Station—Alton
Micalt one Review me Distance 27km/17mi Ascent 420m Descent 414m
New Alresford—Alton
Newalt two Survey me Distance 20km/13mi Ascent 251m Descent 227m

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Collective progress

50% of Alton’s seven route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

10/10

drawn

8/10

reviewed

0/10

surveyed

2/10

verified

8 people have contributed to Alton’s Slow Ways

3 people have pledged to walk and review a route

0 people have surveyed a route in Alton

142km out of 185km have been walked and reviewed

266km of reviews have been shared in Alton

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Ropley village is pleasant, the church was rebuilt in 2022 following a fire in 2014. Near Chawton the route uses a disused railway line before crossing the A32 into the village....

JohnMyerson

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Nice varied landscape and parts along road are quiet....

Katherine Horton

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It's a nice route except for a short piece that uses the A32 with no path....

Penny

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The route rises gently from Alresford to Four Marks and descends a bit quicker down to Alton. The route was easy to follow except, just before Ropley, St Swithun's Way where it leaves Tegg Down Road is not passable or is wrongly placed on the map. There is a small shop and post office along the route at Ropley and a garden centre at Four Marks with a cafe. The route was easily passable but with styles, gates, narrow tracks and the A31 & A32 to negotiate2...

Phil Smith

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A lot of this route is along St Swithun's Way, which is generally well-marked and therefore easy to follow. I did not have any access issues when I did this walk, and it was mostly quite level....

DaniellaBeth

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DaniellaBeth took this photo on Altben one

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Leaving Micheldever Railway Station the route is along Larkwhistle Farm Road for about ½ mile....

Barry Dale

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I walked this route from Basingstoke to Alton on Tuesday 10th August 2021 using GPS. The walk doesn't really start until you reach Hackwood Park (assuming you start at Basingstoke). And a very enjoyable start to the walk it is, with a variety of landscapes through the park. Alton and Basingstoke have train and bus stations....

Phil Smith

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I found the start (1.5 miles) very straightforward: from Basingstoke station you walk to Eastrop roundabout/lane, turn right onto Goat Lane, left on New Rd and left at the traffic lights. Enter the Memorial Park (photo 1 is the bandstand) on the right, follow the path on the right past the aviary and bandstand (photo 1) then take the underpass on the right opposite the playground....

Duncan Reid

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Basingstoke—Alton

Barry Dale added Basalt two, a new walk from Basingstoke to Alton

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Following my review of the Hackwood Park to Weston Patrick section I intended to complete the route from Weston Patrick to Alton on Friday 2nd July. Before leaving Weston Patrick church, there is small plaque (photo 1) that could be easily missed as it is low down in the hedge to the left of the white wrought iron gates. On Long Lane Track the grass was long and wet (photo 2). I left the route here and returned to Weston Patrick via Lasham and shall return another day to complete the final section to Alton....

Duncan Reid

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It involves several stiles and parts of the route will probably get muddy after heavy rain....

AndrewHinde

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AndrewHinde took this photo on Altben one

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This review is of the Hackwood Park to Weston Patrick section of the route, about 6 miles. At 657498 the Slow Way route wants to take you along the track to Hackwood Farm but it is blocked by large straw bales (see photo) and a map on the fingerpost shows the Public Right of Way, which is the footpath to Tunworth....

Duncan Reid

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I walked this route from Petersfield to Alton on Wednesday 23rd June 2021 using GPS. Between Petersfield and Selbourne, the route mostly follows Hangers Way. I deviated from the route to stay off road and I can definitely recommend it. The route from Farringdon to Alton takes you alongside the A32, A31 and through the town. It also takes you through Chawton which does have a tea room and Jane Austen's house but if you prefer a quieter, more rural way I can recommend the path to the east of the route from Upper Farringdon across fields towards the B3006 and Truncheaunts and under the A31 at the B3004....

Phil Smith

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The walk through Shortheath Common is a big improvement over Altbor one. There is still a short walk along the road from the south side of Shortheath Common however, since the bridleway shown on OS maps is now built over. The walk through Binswood, shared with Altbor one, was very boggy. This got a lot worse going through Pheasant Wood. It may be possible to find a way of avoiding this but the best compromise is probably to follow Altbor one from Binstead Wood. 4) The walk is direct, though not as direct as Altbor one....

Phil Smith

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I have offered an alternative route (Altbor 2) avoiding these issues but one mile longer. 2) The route respects local codes and laws. 3) It is accessible in that it is not a strenuous walk. there are parts that will be very muddy in wet weather, judging from the areas with deep animal footprints. There are no stiles, just gates. 4) The walk is direct. 5) It is mostly off road or on road with pavement but there is one stretch of road without pavement. 6) There are resting places along the way, seating at the church in East Worldham. Alton and Bordon have places to eat and drink. 7) There are busses at Alton and Bordon. 8) The route is fairly clear but there are a couple of places where you could be led a little astray without GPS. 9) The walk is enjoyable and the scenery pleasant enough. 10) The paths are all well established....

Phil Smith

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Alton—Bordon

Phil Smith added Altbor two, a new walk from Alton to Bordon

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5) It is mostly off road or on road with pavement but there are a couple of short stretches of road without pavement. 8) The route is fairly clear but there are a couple of places where you could be led a little astray without GPS....

Phil Smith

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Alton—Bentley

Slow Ways added Altben one, a new walk from Alton to Bentley

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Alton—Bordon

Slow Ways added Altbor one, a new walk from Alton to Bordon

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Alton—Hook

Slow Ways added Althoo one, a new walk from Alton to Hook

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Alton—Petersfield

Slow Ways added Altpet one, a new walk from Alton to Petersfield

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Alton—Petersfield

Slow Ways added Altpet two, a new walk from Alton to Petersfield

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Basingstoke—Alton

Slow Ways added Basalt one, a new walk from Basingstoke to Alton

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Micheldever Station—Alton

Slow Ways added Micalt one, a new walk from Micheldever Station to Alton

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New Alresford—Alton

Slow Ways added Newalt two, a new walk from New Alresford to Alton

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Alton, Wed 17 July

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Alton’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

SU7230839690

Lat / Lon

51.15191° / -0.96753°

Easting / Northing

472,308E / 139,690N

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Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Alton's meeting point

Public toilet

Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket or convenience shop

Restaurant, cafe or pub

Accommodation

Accommodation for under £50 a night

Campsite

Bothy

Free wifi

Mobility scooter hire

Off-road wheelchair hire

Disabled Parking

Train station

Bus stop

Ferry

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