Hangers Way - Steep to Petersfield

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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Walking out of Steep the route passes the grounds of Bedales. This school is famous both nationally and internationally as an innovatory public school.

Once you have crossed the A3, you come into the busy market town of Petersfield. Worth a visit just off the Square is the Flora Twort Gallery and the Physic Garden in the High Street.

The nearby heath features many burial mounds and dates back to the Bronze Age. Today, it is a popular recreation area with fishing, a children’s play area and a boating lake.