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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The Way takes you past idling sheep and green pastures to Hawkley Hanger, where there are the remains of a Bronze Age burial mound.
In 1774 a dramatic event occurred. Gilbert White described it as, a large part of
the great woody hanger at Hawkley was torn from its place and fell down, leaving a high freestone cliff naked and bare, and resembling the steep cliff of a chalk pit
Continue along this hanger until you come to Hawkley. The church here was constructed on the site of an ancient chapel. Across the fields approaching the village, you can see its tower.