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Long-distance hikes

Long-distance hikes

For those who like multi-day adventures, these are the hikes for you.

Whether you want to take these on as a thru-hike (complete in one go) or in sections (over several different days or weekends), you’ll feel an amazing sense of achievement at the end.

South Downs Way – 100 miles

Running the entire stretch of the South Downs National Park, the South Downs Way is the only National Trail entirely within a National Park.

It also has the honour of being the first national trail bridleway, meaning there are no awkward stiles to try and navigate.

Despite the seeming gentleness of the rolling hills, there are steep sections which will test even the hardiest of walkers.

The real joy of the South Downs Way might be its relative accessibility – you’ll never been too far from village (and a pub!).

Head to the National Trails website for more information

Serpent Trail – 65 miles

Snaking through a habitat rarer than rainforest, the Serpent Trail has become a favourite of many.

The walking route has been designed to highlight the outstanding landscape, wildlife and history of the greensand hills.

Passing through purple heather, green woods and golden valleys, simply follow the Serpent Trail way marker discs to explore some of the most breathtaking countryside in the South East.

Along the way you may encounter groundnesting birds like the Dartford Warbler, hear wartbiter crickets and even spot a sand lizard or two.

Click here for more information about the Serpent Trail

The Downs Link – 37 miles

Connecting the South Downs to the North Downs, the Downs Link follows two disused railway lines.

Crossing the Surrey Hills, Low Weald, South Downs and Coastal Plain, the Downs Link is perfect for walkers, horse riders and cyclists.

Stopping through several villages along the way with other amenities also available, it provides a balance of challenge and relaxation.

Find out more about The Downs Link 

The Hangers Way – 21 miles

Take a trip through Jane Austen country when you embark on the Hangers Way.

Named after the steep-sided Hampshire Hangers, these ancient trees provide a good amount of respite against sun, wind and rain.

At the heart of the Way is Selborne, home to Gilbert White, arguably England’s first naturalist, whose observations of the natural world around his home would go on to inspire Charles Darwin.

Walkers will also lay their eyes on Chawton, Jane Austen’s final home and where she wrote six beloved novels.

Click here for more information about The Hangers Way

Shipwrights Way – 50 miles

Linking the towns and villages of East Hampshire, the Shipwrights Way runs from Alice Holt Forest, over the South Downs and towards Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, where it finishes.

The name reflects the use of oak grown at Alice Holt Forest for Tudor shipbuilding, linking this site with Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, home of the Mary Rose and HMS Victory.

The route is open to walkers, cyclists and horse riders as well.

Find out more about the Shipwrights Way


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