Walking for Health – Alton, Bentley and surrounding villages…
Local residents of Alton and surrounding villages are beginning to benefit from the Walking for Health scheme, which is the local part of a national scheme (see: https://www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/ ) run by local volunteers, including our very own voluntary footpath officer Ian Fleming.
Every Tuesday morning Walking for Health walks ‘officially` start at the Alton Sports Centre lower car park at 10.30 for a walk lasting about an hour and a half, of no more than 3 miles. The actual walk start points, however, will usually be in a local village. These walks are free to attend and it is a great way to improve your health and wellbeing, whilst meeting new people. Walking for Health walks continue all year, every Tuesday, rain, snow or shine!
The only requirement when you join the group is that you should complete a health questionnaire. After that, individuals can turn up as often or as infrequently as they like. Every week, all participants will be informed about the start point of the next walk by email, but, if they prefer, can simply go to the Sports Centre and have a lift to the start from one of the leaders. Walking for Health walks start from a range of villages, including Binsted, Froyle, South Warnborough, Medstead, Chawton, Selborne, East Tisted, Kingsley, and even more: it is a great way to get to know our lovely local countryside!
The walks are led by walk leaders, who are trained in supporting walkers of all abilities and are able to offer encouragement and information on how to improve personal fitness. The walk leaders are all volunteers and each leads a walk every four weeks. For more information please take a look at the Walking for Health website or telephone Ian Fleming on 07766 174275.
Footpaths and Walks
We are fortunate to have so many footpaths and walks that meander through our Parish. The most famous is the “Shipwrights Way”, a new long distance route which links villages and towns in east Hampshire through some beautiful countryside. The name reflects the use of oak grown at Alice Holt Forest for Tudor shipbuilding, linking this site with Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, home of the Mary Rose and HMS Victory.
Starting from Alice Holt Forest, the route passes through Bordon, Liphook, Liss, Petersfield, Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Staunton Country Park, Havant, Hayling Island and continues to Portsmouth via the ferry, finishing at the Historic Dockyard – around 50 miles in all, and including seven rail stations.
There are also twenty stone sculptures along the way, beautifully carved to show the history or wildlife of each place – see if you can spot them all!
For further information please follow the below link
For those looking for more local walks please see below for a list of short walks to enjoy the nearby countryside …
Walk B1 – Binsted, South Hay and Wheatley
Walk B2 – Binsted and Wheatley (circular by lane and track)
Walk B3 – Binsted Church, West Court, Isington circular
Walk B4 – Binsted and Wyck figure of eight route
Walk B5 – Binsted to Home Hanger
Walk B6 – Binsted, Home Hanger and River Hill Farm
Walk B7 Binsted, Stubbs Farm, South Hay circular
Walk B8 – Binsted to Blacknest Road via Redcap Copse and back
Walk B9 – Binsted, Bottom Copse and Isington circular
Walk B10 – Binsted , South Hay and Wyck Ponds