A short history of the Hangers Way
The Hangers Way is a 21-mile long-distance walking route. The route begins at Alton Railway Station and carries on into the lush 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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From the church, the Way descends downhill with stunning views ahead.
The distinctive conically shaped hill to the south is St John’s Hill, partially capped with woodland. It is thought this hill was an Iron Age settlement site and is also where King John had a hunting lodge.
Passing Binswood, the route starts climbing and you enter your first Hanger, Wick Hill. Continue through deciduous woodland before descending to join Oakhanger stream which snuggles under the shelter of the impressive Selborne Hanger. This length of the stream is reputed to be haunted by the ghost of a monk.