Staunton Country Park has three main walking trails within the parkland:
- Easy access (signposted by red way markers) – 2.6km
- Medium walking trail (signposted by yellow way markers) – 2.2km
The folly trail
Walking around the park, you may stumble upon some strange buildings called follies. These follies are a key element of the regency landscape created by Sir George Staunton in the 1800s.
The tree trail
Follow the tree trail around the park to discover the wide variety of trees and plants collected by Sir George Staunton throughout his life. With each season offering a unique experience of the trail, it’s worth visiting all year round to take in the different sights and sounds.
Look out for the 100 black labels which provide details about the tree species and its country of origin, while the blue labels indicate our 16 ‘Champion Trees’ – the biggest and best examples of these trees in the country.
Long distance walking trails
Staunton Way is a 8.5-33km long distance walking route passing through some of the most uninhabited places in Hampshire.
The route takes you from Queen Elizabeth Country Park, onto the South Downs and down to Staunton Country Park on the fringes of Havant.
You can walk the whole route or make a series of shorter walks by using the two connecting paths shown on the map.
The Shipwrights Way
The Shipwrights Way is 50-mile-long route linking villages and towns in east Hampshire. The name reflects the use of oak grown at Alice Holt Forest in Tudor shipbuilding.
Starting from Alice Holt forest, the route passes through Bordon, Liphook, Liss, Petersfield, Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Staunton Country Park, Havant and Hayling Island. It continues to Portsmouth via the ferry, finishing at the historic dockyard.
Green Mountain Bike Trail – suitable for beginners and novice cyclists, starting at the main entrance to the park off Middle Park Way. This is a 9km circular, family friendly cycle route with no challenging features. A section runs along the public highway at Swanmore Road and Middle Park Way. A 3.6km loop through Havant Thicket is available as an alternative.
Havant Thicket Boundary Trail – this is signposted by purple way markers and is 4km long.
The park has three permanent orienteering courses designed for different skills and experience levels. They all start and finish from the same location within the park. Maps for each of the courses can be purchased from the visitor centre.
Come and explore the trails at Staunton Country Park. For more information, why not pop into the Visitor Centre, where we can provide you with additional trail leaflets.