Tree trails and self-guided walks
Town Centre walks
Eastrop Park Tree Trail - a short walk from Festival Place and the bus station, alternatively, the park and ride bus stops at City Wall House, Basing View, where a short walk across the footbridge leads to the park. Download the Eastrop Park Tree Trail map and follow the trail to enjoy the beauty of a variety of trees around the park.
The War Memorial Park Tree Trail - a short walk from Festival Place and the bus station. It contains many mature trees most of which are native, providing a good habitat for wildlife. You can download a copy of the War Memorial Park Tree Trail map to find out more details about the trail.
Please note that the tree listed as number 20 has had to be removed, but a new tree will be planted shortly.
There are also three self-guided walks you can take, You can download the leaflets below:
- Walk one is the shortest route and takes you through the historic western side of the War Memorial Park. This can be extended to incorporate more of the park or to take in the old common. The walk is level for most of the way on good paths and there is seating at along the way.
- Walk two is a self-guided walk around Eastrop Park and the War Memorial Park - this walk takes you from Eastrop Park to the historic War Memorial Park and back. The walk has one hill and good pathways. There is seating at various points along the 2.3 mile walk.
- Walk three is a self-guided walk 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. You then have the choice of returning to the park or continuing the walk to Crabtree Plantation. The walk from the park to Black Dam Ponds is level for most of the route, with some gentle slopes. There are seats at various points along the way.
Chineham Nature Walk - starting from the footpath beside the scout hut on Hanmore Road opposite the turning for Mulberry Way, you will be able to join the Chineham nature walk. Download a copy of the Chineham Nature Walk leaflet.
The meadow section of this route is unsuitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs. To avoid this section follow the alternative route indicated on the map.
Binfields Nature Trail - parts of the woodland are over 400 years old, making it an ideal place for walking and spotting wildlife. The woodland is also home to a series of artworks inspired by the woodland and its flora and fauna. To find out more about this woodland download a copy of the Binfields Nature Trail map and take a self-guided walk.
Down Grange Nature Walk - the complete walk starts from Homesteads Road and covers Down Grange Meadow, The Old Hedgerow and The Old Orchards. The walk is 2.5km (1.6 miles) long. Alternatively, park in Stratton Park and walk just the Old Orchards or the whole walk in reverse sequence. Another option is to park by the Walled Garden. Download a copy of the nature walk leaflet.
Old Down is ex-farmland with a narrow strip of mature beech wood part owned by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. The mature woodland is classed as a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC). Old Down is located beside the A30 on the west side of Basingstoke about 1 mile from Junction 7 of the M3. Click on this link Old Down woodland leaflet to download details of the trail.