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Hanging out in Hampshire

Posted 16 December 2016 by Andrew Gardner

Hampshire Hangers

Delve into our website and you'll find we have some fabulous holiday properties among the Hampshire Hangers. They're part of the Hampshire Downs, and I can tell you that it's a lovely area for a self-catering holiday - click here to view our properties in this region.

So what are the Hangers? Well, if you were to head away from Sussex eastwards along the South Downs towards Hampshire, the Hampshire Hangers would soon become apparent. As you leave the Weald you reach a line of hills with steep escarpments that mark the edge of the Hampshire Downs - the name 'hangers' refers to the remnants of ancient woodland clinging to the steep slopes. They have individual names, of which Milking Hill and Shoulder of Mutton Hill are my favourites - I don't have to think too hard to guess their history. Hmm, and the reason the village of Steep got its name...?

The main towns in this area are Farnham, which has some picturesque streets and lovely shops, Alton and Petersfield, all with good train links from London; and villages worth visiting include Selborne, famous for its erstwhile resident Gilbert White, the 18th Century naturalist whose house is open to the public. Did you know he was the person who first realised that swifts mate on the wing? Well there you go! Anyway, Selborne Hill is one of the highest points of the Hangers, with fabulous views over the Hampshire countryside and White had the presence of mind to cut a zigzag track up it from his back door. You could easily visit Jane Austen's house in the village of Chawton, or take a day trip to Chichester or Winchester.

Portsmouth, with its historic dockyard and great shopping, could be a popular choice for the whole family; while historic East Worldham has a couple of handy golf courses for those who like to relax with a round or two.

The Hangers Way is a 21-mile walking route from Alton station to the Queen Elizabeth Country Park near Buriton, and our holiday lets are ideally placed for you to sample any or all of it. It's all on our website to tempt you - what are you waiting for?!

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