A short history of the Hangers Way
The Hangers Way is a 21-mile long-distance walking route. The route begins in Alton and carries on into the Hampshire countryside. It passes along a series of steep-sided wooded hills, known as “The Hangers” and through the pretty market town of Petersfield. Finishing at Queen Elizabeth Country Park.
The Way has been divided into eight sections, each providing a really good day out. Choose between quiet villages or bustling market towns, meadow picnics or cosy pubs, steep hills with exhilarating views or cool, peaceful woodland.
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This walk begins at Alton Railway Station. This main-line station is also used by the Mid-Hants Railway (Watercress Line), which runs restored steam trains.
Alton lies on the main road from Winchester to London, which has been in use since Roman times. Before you leave the town, why not visit the Curtis Museum’s local history display or the Allen Gallery’s outstanding ceramic collection?
Follow the boundary of Monk Wood, where it is possible to see ancient earthworks. Continue along farm tracks until you reach East Worldham. where you can see a 15th century effigy of the wife of poet Geoffrey Chaucer.