Hangers Way - Petersfield to Buriton

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 path now runs south across small fields and along hidden shallow valleys to the village of Buriton. From here you can see the imposing scarp slope of the South Downs.

In the graveyard of St Mary’s Church is the unmarked grave of the 17th century botanist, John Goodyer. His reputation was so great that during the Civil War a royalist general ordered his men

...on all occasions to defend and protect John Goodyer, his house, servants, family, goods, chattels and estates of all sorts from all damages, disturbances and oppressions whatever