Hannington to the woods

A short history of Hannington

The Village

Hannington is recorded as a settlement in 899AD, and is listed in the Domesday Survey. It is a vibrant village community of 140 households. The Church, Village Hall, Michael’s Field children’s play area, The Vine pub, Hannington Country Fair, the Hannington Silver Band (founded in 1924) and wonderful countryside contribute to this unique place.

All Saints Church

People have worshipped here for over 1000 years. The sundial on the south wall used to help parishioners arrive on time to enter through the 12th Century doors. Inside are two fine window engravings by Laurence Whistler. The millennium tapestry shows how Hannington residents lived in 2000AD. The Squint allows the priest to see those in the south aisle.

The countryside

Hannington is situated high in the North Wessex Downs - an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). A network of public rights of way gives walkers and riders opportunities to explore and enjoy this beautiful landscape. Spectacular views extend south and west from For Down, and north and south from Michael’s Field.

During most seasons you can see skylarks, yellowhammers and many other wild birds. Fieldfares and redwings are regular visitors in winter. Wild flowers abound in the hedgerows and field margins. The bluebell woods are a delight in spring. There is evidence of a bronze-age barrow, a large Romano-British farmstead and a royal house used by Henry II at Tidgrove Warren Farm, west of the village.


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From the Green, walk down Ibworth Lane and turn left up track by Michael’s Field. Turn right and enjoy the panoramic views. At the end of bridleway turn left down the metalled farm track, cross over Summerdown Lane and continue up the farm track.*

Turn left before Plantation farm, and follow the bridleway. Turn left again by the big metal storage tanks and along the farm track back to Hannington.

*Optional Extension. Pass through Plantation farm, join the metalled road for 330 yds and turn left down the track just after the farm. After ½ mile turn left again to return towards village – this will add 40 minutes to your walk.