Hangers Way In A Day – A Connecting Communities Walk

Apr 29, 2024 | Open Walks

Hangers Way signpost

Date: September – Date TBC
Start: Meeting points in Petersfield and Alton for a start from QECP
Walking Start Time: 08.30 (see details below for meeting times)
Distance: Approx 21 miles
Terrain: A lot of ups and downs!

*This is a Petersfield Walking Festival Walk being jointly led by Rural Strides and Walk Alton*

Petersfield and Alton, the 2 major market towns of East Hampshire District Council, are joined together by the 21 mile Hangers Way trail. Despite this connection, the two towns and their people have very little to do with one another…….that is all except their walkers! When I was setting up Petersfield Walking Festival back in 2021, it was to Walk Alton that I looked for guidance. With 10 years experience organising walking festivals they were the experts in this field and fortunately incredibly generous with their time, for which I am very grateful.

When living in Oman, in the Middle East, I worked for Outward Bound Oman and among other things had responsibility for a UNESCO recognised programme called Connecting Cultures. This brought together 20 students (age 17-25 yrs) for a week-long journey in the desert and mountains of Oman. Half came from Europe/US and half from across the wider Middle East region. The idea was to foster cross-cultural dialogue and help break down media stereotypes about Western and Arab cultures. The programme was immensely successful. It also brought me great personal satisfaction, bringing everyone together and watching friendships and understanding blossom. It was this experience that sparked the idea for The Hangers Way In A Day – Connecting Communities Walk.

The Aim

The aim of this walk is to bring together 24 people from the Alton and Petersfield areas (12 from each) to walk the trail that links our two towns. A 21 mile walk will give us plenty of time to chat, learn more about our towns, each other and perhaps also have some fun. This will not be a speed, challenge walk, although some stamina will clearly be required. The aim is to start walking from Queen Elizabeth Country Park at 08.30 and to be finished by 20.30.

When planning a linear walk such as the Hangers Way, logistics are always a headache. This is especially the case with the Hangers Way as there is no bus service between Alton and Petersfield at the weekend. Fortunately, on this occasion two East Hampshire District Councillors, Cllrs David Podger (Lib Dem for Petersfield St Peters) and Charles Louisson (Con for Ripley, Hawkley & Hangers) have come to our assistance, kindly providing Petersfield Walking Festival with some funding towards transport and insurance costs. We very much hope they will be able to cheer us on our way as we pass through their constituencies.

The Plan

07.40 – Alton walkers will be collected by taxi from Lady Place Car Park and driven to Queen Elizabeth Country Park – included in the booking fee

08.00 – Petersfield walkers catch the bus from the Town Square to QECP – walkers pay the bus fare

08.30 – Walk departs QECP

Stop 1 – Freeshop at Petersfield Station (toilet and food goodies available)

Stop 2 – Hawkley Village Green (access to toilets at Village Hall TBC)

Stop 3 – Selborne Plestor/Churchyard (public toilets in car park)

Arrival into Alton: Petersfield walkers return by taxi – included in the booking fee

Booking

If you would like to take part in this walk please sign up through below through Eventbrite. *You will find separate sign up options depending on whether you will start from Alton or Petersfield (you must choose one). Each location has a fixed allocation of places for transport planning reasons. Please note that the fee for this walk is £6 per person if you are from Alton and £4 from Petersfield – this is because Petersfield walkers will be paying the £2 bus fare to reach QECP.*

BOOK HERE FOR PETERSFIELD START

BOOK HERE FOR ALTON START

Selborne Plestor

Rural Strides

Rural Strides is passionate about the history and cultural landscape of the Western Weald. Through engaging walks, which interpret the land and share local stories, we seek to connect people to the beauty of the area as well as the inspiring businesses that we partner. We hope you will find a Rural Strides walk an authentic and memorable experience, that will leave you feeling like a local!

Walk Alton

Walk Alton brings together representatives from local walking groups and clubs alongside the Town Council and local businesses. Walk Alton aims to support and develop walking activities in the Alton area, both for recreation and to support local initiatives to improve people’s health, and to work with the local community, businesses, walking-related organizations & local authorities.  

You can read more about the Western Weald here and find other walks here

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