Date: Saturday 6 April
Start: Petersfield Station
Grid Reference: NA
Start Time: 10.20
Distance: 6.5 miles
Terrain: Undulating with one steady, steep climb
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This walk is part of the Hampshire Community Rail Partnership Rail 2 Trail Walking Festival.
If you visit Petersfield just the once you must do this loop, which takes in the Poet’s Stone and the famous Harrow Inn.
The Poet Stone is a memorial to war poet Edward Thomas, whose writing was inspired by the Ashford Hangers area and beyond. The hillside where it stands is not called Shoulder of Mutton for nothing. It is a steep climb up this vertical shoulder of a hill. However, we will embrace our inner tortoise as we amble our way up it, stopping frequently to savour the views of the South Downs behind us.
After a walk along the top of Wheatham Hill to Cobbett’s viewpoint we will descend to find refreshment at the Harrow Inn, Steep. This unique, family-run, 16th century pub is famous for only taking cash so be sure not to be caught out.
We will pop in for a quick drink at the pub, but feel free to stay longer and enjoy lunch. From here the walk back to Petersfield is very straight forward – a map/details can be provided.
Well-behaved dogs welcome. Dogs must be on a lead through fields with livestock and on roads.
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 not only to the beauty of the area but also to local businesses. We hope you will find a Rural Strides walk an authentic and memorable experience, that will leave you feeling like a local.
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