Walking is one of the best physical activities you can do and there are many opportunities available. Whether you want to walk and talk with a group of like minded people at a leisurely pace or take a more energetic walk on your own in some of the borough's beautiful open spaces and countryside there is plenty of guidance to get you going.
One Lump or Two - Ladle Hill & Beacon Hill
Sunday 23 June 2019, 10am
Distance and approximate duration: 5 miles, moderate difficulty. Optional extra 1 mile section - fairly strenuous.
Suitability: Not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs. Not suitable for young children. Walkers must be fit and capable of a steady climb.
Dogs: Well-behaved dogs on leads welcome.
Lead by: Charmaine and Barry - volunteer walk leaders for Whitchurch Walking for Health.
Start: Public car park at Beacon Hill (Grid Ref SU463576)
Cost: Free. 20 spaces - booking essential.
To book please visit the North Wessex Downs website.
Enjoy your local parks and open spaces, and improve your fitness, by joining the Walking for Health Scheme in Basingstoke and Deane. Led by volunteer leaders, the walks vary each week. They are non-competitive, everybody is welcome and all walks are free of charge. For further information, visit our Health Walks webpage.
We have developed a number of self guided walks for you to try out.
Self-guided walk around The War Memorial Park
Self-guided walk around Eastrop Park and The War Memorial Park
Self-guided walk around The War Memorial Park, Black Dam Ponds and Crabtree Plantation
Binfields nature woodland walk
Basingstoke Canal Heritage Footpath leaflet
Down Grange 2km trail
The War Memorial Park Tree Trail
Eastrop Park Tree Trail
Crabtree Plantation one mile route
Popley way-marked route walk
Stratton Park way-marked route walk
The following Ramblers Clubs run affordable days out to the countryside, and shorter walks in towns and cities.
- Basingstoke Ramblers Club
Basingstoke Ramblers Club is a group of some 200 people of all ages and fitness levels. They walk three times a week and occasionally go away for a weekend or holiday excursion. Most walks are about six to eight miles but some are a little further and include a pub stop. For more information visit the website - www.basingstokeramblers.org.uk
- North Hampshire Downs Ramblers
Visit the website for more information
- Oakley Rambling Club
About every three weeks there is a Sunday morning walk of around five miles. The walks start within a half hour drive from Oakley and end with an optional pub stop. Two or three evening walks and a couple of midweek morning walks are also arranged during the summer.
For more information, visit the website - www.oakleyramblers.org
- Whitchurch Rambling Club
The Whitchurch Rambling Club meets on a regular basis throughout the year. If you are interested in seeing the beautiful Hampshire countryside, keeping fit, and meeting people, why not join the club?
For more information visit the website - www.whitchurchramblers.org.uk
For the more adventurous, why not join the Ramblers Association, visit www.ramblers.org.uk
Health Walks team