Hangers Way - Selborne to Noar Hill

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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Although a small village, Selborne has many attractions. It was once home to Gilbert White, the famous 18th century naturalist and author. There is also The Oates Museum, devoted to the remarkable Oates family. In particular, Frank Oates a Victorian explorer and Captain Lawrence Oates who accompanied Scott to the South Pole.

Continue on out of the village and past Galley Hill, once the site for the local gallows. The path climbs gently up High Common Nature Reserve and round to Noar Hill Hanger. This area of chalkland is rich in wild flowers and wildlife. The route now drops steeply down through woodland to the tiny parish of Empshott.