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Walks in and around Basingstoke

If you are looking to explore the area on foot or looking for a new route, take a look at the suggestions below.

Family fun walk in Whitchurch

This is a great route aimed at families that enjoy walking. Print this family fun walk and quiz and head to Whitchurch to explore this pretty historic town. Starting at the entrance to the Gill Nethercott Centre, you’ll pass the Whitchurch Silk Mill, the Town Square and All Hallows Church. If you fancy a bite to eat or a coffee whilst you are there, then why not check out the Silk Mill Café or Kudos Coffee?

National Trust walk in Burghclere

Looking for a gentle walk? This walk starts and ends at the National Trust’s Sandham Memorial Chapel and takes in some of the places that Stanley Spencer lived, loved, and was inspired by during the years he lived in Burghclere. This easy, dog friendly walk should take around 1.5 hours to complete the 2.5 miles. A shorter walk is also available for those with pushchairs or those wanting to avoid the uneven ground. Parking is available opposite the chapel.

Discover one of Basingstoke’s heritage trails

There are several Basingstoke Heritage trails for you to choose from. This seven-mile Basing Trail walk, which will take you approximately three hours to complete, starts at Basing House. The circular walk will take you through Basingstoke Common, Crabtree Plantation, War Memorial Park and Eastrop Park and you’ll end up back in Old Basing.

Discover Basingstoke’s green areas

This is one of our favourites as it showcases the lovely, spacious green areas in the borough, all close to Basingstoke’s town centre. The self-guided walk takes you around the War Memorial Park, Black Dam Ponds and Crabtree Plantation. The first part of the walk takes you from the War Memorial Park to Black Dam Ponds where you can then either return to the park or continue on to Crabtree Plantation. The walk from the park to Black Dam Ponds is level for most of the route, with some gentle slopes and you’ll find seats at various points along the way. There is also free parking and a play area at Black Dam Ponds for families to enjoy.

Walks for art lovers

Can you find all the public art located around the borough? Basingstoke has a vast collection of public art, from sculptures to seating, and gates to glasswork, resulting in a vibrant range. Take a look at the public art guide and see if you can find them all.

If after exploring our favourites you want to try other walks take a look at the walks on our Things to do page or visit Get Outside from Ordnance Survey.

Reviewed March 2024