Lying at the base of Watership Down, surrounded by glorious walks, the historic village of Kingsclere is just a short drive away from attractions such as Highclere Castle, Sandham Memorial Chapel and The Vyne. Heckfield Place near Hook and The Wellington Arms in Baughurst are among the spoiling hotels and restaurants nearby.
Below are a few suggestions for walks and places to eat, stay and visit. Please confirm directly with any business or organisation before planning a visit.
Beacon Hill and Highclere Walk
Highclere Castle Walks
Kingsclere and Hannington Walk
North Hampshire Downs Walk
Places to eat or stay
The Wellington Arms, Baughurst, thewellingtonarms.com
Heckfield Place, near Hook, heckfieldplace.com
Bel & the Dragon, Kingsclere, belandthedragon-kingsclere.co.uk
Bourne Valley Inn, St Mary Bourne, bournevalleyinn.com
Dewpond, Old Burghclere, dewpond.co.uk
The Woodspeen, near Newbury, thewoodspeen.com
Places to visit
Englefield House and Gardens (HHA, RHS), englefieldestate.co.uk
Highclere Castle (HHA), highclerecastle.co.uk
Houghton Lodge House and Gardens, Stockbridge (HHA, RHS), houghtonlodge.co.uk
Mottisfont House and Gardens, near Romsey (NT), nationaltrust.org.uk/mottisfont
Sandham Memorial Chapel, Burghclere (NT), nationaltrust.org.uk/sandham-memorial-chapel
Stratfield Saye House and Grounds (HHA), wellington.co.uk/stratfield-saye-house
Winchester Cathedral, winchester-cathedral.org.uk
The Vyne, Sherborne St John (NT), nationaltrust.org.uk/the-vyne
Local market towns include Winchester. Alresford, Hungerford, Newbury and Stockbridge.
Updated 21st January 2023