We’ve pulled together our top five autumn walks, so why not wrap up warm, crunch through the crisp leaves and enjoy the late autumn sunshine on a walk in Basingstoke and Deane.
1. Basing Wood, for relaxing woodland fun
Located to the north of Basingstoke near Popley and Chineham is Basing Wood. There are three walking trails to enjoy the vast expanse of woodland along with open spaces, picnic benches and a nature play area. It’s a great place to get out and explore nature with airy woodland to walk the dogs, build dens, jump in muddy puddles and it’s full of interesting wildlife and insects. You may be lucky enough to spot deer, fallow, rabbits or even froglets and the protected great crested newts in the natural pond by the play area.
2. Beacon Hill, for the views
There is a steep climb up to the top of this impressive iron age hillfort and the site of one of the beacons that formed a network across Hampshire. This is a shorter walk and the initial climb is a bit of a thigh burner, but completely worth it when you reach the top and see the fantastic views over the North Wessex Downs. You’ll even get a birds eye view of Highclere Castle (the real-life Downtown Abbey). After enjoying the view retrace your steps back to the start.
Did you know that within the enclosure is the grave of the fifth Earl of Carnarvan (who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun) buried at the top which makes Beacon Hill an area of outstanding interest as well as beauty.
If you take your four-legged friend on this walk, please note that dogs must be kept on leads all year around.