The St Paul’s Walkers were out on Saturday 21 August, on an 8 mile ramble in the countryside of naturalist Gilbert White. Much of the best landscapes in eastern Hampshire are around Selborne and Noar Hill. Plenty of ups and downs and too many stiles to count! We had light rain for some of our walk but nothing to dampen our spirits.
The Route – Selborne & Noar Hill
The route ascended the famous zigzag up Selborne Hill and onto Selborne Common, then down through grassy fields and up again to Noar Hill. Down once more through woodland clinging to a steep escarpment, across another field and stream and a stop for coffee next to logging woods.
Then upwards again through very tempting apple orchards, down to a lake and up a valley with a steep climb at the far end to another orchard. The final mile of relatively flat walking back into Selborne heralded good views of the hills we had climbed earlier in the day.
The Queens Hotel was very welcoming but disorganised as our hosts had only taken over a few days before! However, the food was very good.
For more information on the St Paul’s Walking Group, see Walking Back To Happiness. A list of all our events at St Paul’s, including scheduled walks, is available here. If you’re interested in coming along to a walk, we would love to hear from you.