Sunday 23rd June – 10.00am
Two walks in one – both of which are ‘aller et retour’ or ‘there and back’! Country paths and continuous climbs which, given clear weather, will be rewarded with fantastic views. The first ‘lump’ is Ladle Hill at 232 metres – the site of an unfinished hill fort from where you can see Watership Down. The second, optional, ‘lump’ is Beacon Hill. Standing at 261 metres, a strenuous climb takes you to a second hill fort where you can catch glimpses of Highclere Castle and visit the grave of famous Egyptologist George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon.
Price: Free – Limited spaces – booking essential.
Meeting point: Public Car Park at Beacon Hill, accessed from A34. Grid ref: SU463576.
Distance & approximate duration: 5 miles with an optional extra section of approximately 1 mile from the car park. 2 hours 15 mins plus 45 minutes for the optional extra walk.
Difficulty: Main walk is Moderate. Optional extra section is Fairly Strenuous. In damp conditions the second, optional section, can be slippery so walkers may find the use of a walking pole useful.
Walk Leader/organisation: Charmaine Hoey & Barry Carter, Volunteer Walk Leaders for Walking for Health.
Car: No public transport options. Car park is free. Please do not leave valuables in the car.
Dogs: Dogs on leads welcome
Accessibility: This walk is not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs. Walkers must be fit and capable of a steady climb. Not suitable for young children.
Additional Information: There is picnic area at the car park, but no public toilets. Local pubs: Carpenters Arms at Burghclere (2.3 miles), Carnarvon Arms on the Burghclere Road (1.5 miles), Pubs and Cafés in Whitchurch (6 miles south), Whitchurch Silk Mill café (6 miles).