Longer walk: Froxfield

Our first longer walk of the year will be 6.5 miles starting in Hawkley. The route is undulating but promises four different viewpoints.

The 'Fancy Free Walks' web site describes the walk...

This is a walk to make you fall in love, if you weren’t already smitten by the sharp green hills and hidden meadows of East Hampshire. For much of this peaceful hike you will be walking on level paths half way up the side of the densely wooded hills, or hangers as they are known. There are some moderate gradients, often assisted by steps, to reach these level paths. Several hamlets make an appearance along the way. At the centre is an excellent pub near the village of Froxfield.

There are no nettles to speak of on this walk, so shorts should not be a problem. The paths in the yew forests are always relatively dry but there are sections, especially on the section before Hawkley, which can have shallow mud after rainfall. So boots are always best, although optional in the drier months. The stile count is only moderate and your dog will be able to skip over, under or round them with no problems.

We will meet to car share at 9.15 in the West Town car park. We'll then meet in Hawkley. The best place to park seems to be next to the Upper Green and the parish church, postcode GU33 6LY although spaces are limited. There is alternative parking in the village and near the Hawkley Inn.

I suggest a packed lunch but we'll stop for refreshment at the pub in Froxfield and there's another pub to look forward to in Hawkley.

This is the route we took:

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