Sports & Activities

Walking Routes

We are lucky to live and work in this beautiful area of the South Downs National Park and have prepared seven walking tours for our guests. These are available as laminated sheets within the folder in your holiday house, and also as a downloadable PDF from our website HERE.

The walking tours last from 30 minutes to 2 hours and we have noted several pub stops along the way. Everyone needs refreshments after a bit of exercise!

Here are some award winning local pubs you might enjoy visiting, all are dog-friendly.

  • The Shoe Inn in Exton – in Spring and Summer you can sit by the River Meon (Walk 7)
  • The Baker’s Arms in Droxford – a great village with great Sunday lunches for the whole family (Walk 6)
  • The White Lion in Soberton – a traditional 17th century pub with locally sourced food (Walk 5)
  • The Bucks Head in Meonstoke – in picturesque surroundings with great walks all around. Homemade pizzas made in their own pizza oven, (Walk 4)

Other local walking trails are the South Downs Way and Wayfarers’ Way.

Best Pub Walks in Hampshire

Explore the most popular pub walks in Hampshire with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers.

Countryside Walks in Hampshire

A fantastic selection of long-distance walking routes including the South Downs Way which passes nearby, short feature walks, walks in towns, accessible routes as well as a fabulous resource for families, the Story Trails. Each of these family-friendly easy access trails, only about a mile long, has its own special story to be enjoyed along the way that can be downloaded from the website.

Hampshire Trails

The 10 best walking trails in Hampshire with trail maps, driving directions and photos from other walkers.

Meon Valley Trail

Following the old Alton to Fareham railway line (which closed in 1968), is an off-road trail suitable for cycling, walking and running but is also used by horses. It runs from south of Wickham to West Meon and can be joined at several points including near the railway bridge at Droxford (just down the road from the cottages), or from the top of Chapel Road in Meonstoke.

New Forest

The New Forest National Park has miles of walks and has produced excellent route maps that you can download or print off and there are also audio tours. The routes are graded from very easy to medium and there are many accessible routes as well as guidance for walkers with dogs.

OS Maps

Turn your mobile or tablet into a GPS with the free OS Maps app. You find, create, share and print routes or upgrade to their Premium service where you can download Explorer and Landranger maps and access ready-made routes from other OS Maps users.

South Downs National Park

Established in 2011, the South Downs National Park has more routes than any other National Park in the UK. The park authority has produced a number of printable routes including some very near to the cottages at Cheriton, Buriton and East Meon.

Treasure Trails

There are 33 self-guided themed walks around different towns, cities and villages in Hampshire each with a set of clues to solve along the route. The walks are themed murder mystery, spy mission or treasure trail. By solving the clues, you will discover whodunit, find the location of the buried treasure or crack the code and complete the mission just like a true secret agent.

Winchester Tour

Discover the city with one of the qualified tourist guides and hear a few scandals and stories on the way. Check the website for forthcoming dates. Tickets can be purchased on the day from the Tourist Information Centre.

Cycling

We are in the South Downs National Park and belong to the scheme which assists walkers and cyclists during their visit to our beautiful idyllic countryside.
We offer puncture repair kits, tyre levers and have a first aid kit at Wallops Wood.

We also have a large number of maps and information leaflets that you can choose from. Just pick up from the office or your own cottages.

We have a secure bike store where you can store your bikes, please let us know in advance if you need it, we will then show you where it is at Wallops Wood Cottages and give you the code to access it.

Hire a Bike to enjoy the Meon Valley from the Bespoke Biking

We’re located in the South Downs National Park and there’s some amazing countryside to explore along with some quite hilly routes if you’re up for a bit of a cycling challenge!

The Bespoke Bike Hub is the place to hire bicycles for your holiday at Wallops Wood. Hires include bicycles, hybrids, helmets, pumps, lock and puncture repair kit. Pick up your bikes from the Bespoke Spoke Bike Hub in Winchester direct at 1-2 Kings Walk, Middle Brook Street, Winchester SO23 8AF

Just call them directly on 01962-441962 or email them with the number of riders, their heights, who to email the invoice to along with the person’s postal address and they will get everything ready for you!

Bespoke Biking also offers guided cycle tours of Winchester – you can enjoy an amazing 90 minute ride through this beautiful historic city. Visit the Cathedral, Winchester College and the fabulous Water Meadows and so much more. The guided tour is a safe, mostly traffic-free experience that the whole family can enjoy and includes light refreshments and a light lunch at their Handlebar Cafe.

Bike Repairs

If you are bringing your own bicycle to the cottages and need it serviced or repaired during your stay, this local shop can come to you.

GPS Cycle Routes

Hampshire has a number of appealing cycling opportunities with attractive coastal scenery and beautiful countrywide. This website provides a link to just some of the many cycle routes throughout the county.

Off-Road Cycle Tours

Hampshire County Council and Ordnance Survey have partnered to produce a series of four packs covering off-road cycle routes in the north, south, east and west of Hampshire. Each pack contains up to nine pocket-sized maps with routes of varying length, terrain and difficulty. Maps are available to buy in both paper and PDF formats.

Fishing

Southern Hampshire is particularly blessed with stunningly crystal clear rivers filtered by the chalk that is prevalent in this county. A fantastic experience, out in the fresh air, communing with nature and where you can mindfully enjoy a slow holiday experience. The perfect day to be still, admire the views and breathe in that calm and grounding feeling fly fishing seems to infuse all devotees of this very British pastime.

Bossington Estate

Stockbridge (30 miles)

A reputation as one of the world’s finest chalk stream fisheries. Bossington Estate’s fishery comprises six beats on the River Test as well as two miles of the ‘Wallop Brook’, and the aquifer-fed ‘Horsebridge Lake’.

Day rod passes are available for any of the river beats, the Wallop Brook beat, or Horsebridge Lake, and can be booked direct on 01794 388265.                                                                                                                                                                        

Meon Springs

East Meon (3 miles)

A beautiful fly fishery with four spring-fed lakes just over the hill from Wallops Wood.

Experience days are particularly suitable for novices or anyone who may not have fished for a while. The day includes everything needed – from the tackle and equipment, an Environment Agency (EA) day licence, a fully tutored morning with no more than 3 other people. Book direct on 01730 823134

Moorhen Trout Fishery

Warnford (9 miles)

Fly fishing in the heart of the Meon Valley. Moorhen Trout Fishery is an idyllic Hampshire stillwater set amongst the beautiful and tranquil surroundings of the South Downs National Park. The three acre lake is fed by natural springs and is adjacent to the River Meon. The crystal clear water is full of rainbow trout, with strategically placed swims and views across open countryside.

 

Golf Courses

Corhampton Golf Club

Corhampton (4 miles)

Visitors are welcome weekdays after 10am at this 18 hole course throughout the year. Set on a ridge above the Meon Valley, the course enjoys stunning views across the hills, valleys and woodland. There is a discount rate for a four ball and dress codes must be observed.

Deanwood Park Golf Club

Newbury (41 miles)

A 9 hole course where visitors are welcome throughout the year. It is advisable to book a tee off time particularly at weekends. There is also a driving range. Discounts available for a four ball and dress code must be observed.

Meon Valley Golf Club

Shedfield (7 miles)

An 18 hole championship course cuts through an ancient English oak forest with natural water hazards. There is also a 9 hole course, driving range and putting green. Booking is necessary, either online or by telephone.

Petersfield Golf Club

Liss (15.5 miles)

Visitors are welcome to play this 18 hole course which is set in 200 acres of Hampshire countryside and woodland. To play, call the pro shop to book a tee off time. There is a four ball discount.

Sandford Springs Golf Course

Kingsclere (45 miles)

Set among the rolling hills of Watership Down, this course has a unique 27 holes layout, comprising a trio of testing nine hole circuits: The Park; The Woods and The Lakes. There is also a driving range and well-stocked golf shop.

South Petersfield Golf Course

Originally the home of the Petersfield Golf Club until it was relocated north of the town in 1997. This 12 hole course is a very popular pay-and-play course where booking is advisable.

South Winchester Golf Club

Winchester (18 miles)

Set around 6 lakes is an 18 hole course, driving range, putting green, short game area and a golf shop. Visitors can play at any time from Monday to Friday and after midday at weekends. Discount rate for a four ball, lessons available and bookable up to 7 days ahead.

Swanmore Golf Club

Mislingford (6 miles)

With views along the Meon Valley, this 9 hole course will provide a challenge for players of every ability. There is also 10 bay driving range with a practice bunker and putting green and shop. It is also possible to hire clubs.

Waterlooville Golf Club

Waterlooville (9 miles)

This 18 hole course was designed by the great Henry Cotton. Visitors are welcome Monday to Friday and weekends subject to availability. Call to book in advance.

Wickham Park Golf Club

Wickham (8.5 miles)

Established in 1997, this 18 hole course, in the lower reaches of the Meon Valley, has a driving range and short game area and has a relaxed clubhouse. Booking by phone is advisable and equipment can be hired.

Horse Racing

Fontwell Park

(32 miles)

Fontwell Park hosts 24 jump race meeting throughout the year, and remains the only figure-of-eight jumps course in the UK. Popular racedays include the Totepool National Spirit Hurdle and Boxing Day racing.

Goodwood

(30 miles)

Both horseracing and motorsports take place at the Goodwood Estate which is set in 12,000 acres of the South Downs. Annual motor sports events include the Festival of Speed at the end of June and Goodwood Revival in September. Check the website for the dates of horse racing events which take place from May to October.

Newbury

(42 miles)

This Berkshire racecourse offers top quality racing throughout the year and is home to 29 fixtures including the famous Hennessy Gold Cup.

Salisbury

(43 miles)

Wiltshire racecourse hosting 16 flat races between April and October.

Watersports

Andrew Simpson Centre, Portsmouth

Portsmouth (13 miles)

On the stunning shores of Langstone Harbour, ASC Portsmouth offers a gateway to the Solent in a safe and sheltered costal location. Discover the range of activities on offer including sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, hydrofoiling and paddleboarding. Taster sessions available.

Basingstoke Canal

Basingstoke (35 miles)

The John Pinkerton II is owned and operated by the Basingstoke Canal Society and runs public trips of different lengths from either Odiham or Fleet. Check their website to see where and when they are sailing.

Harbour Tours

Portsmouth (13 miles)

Run by the Historic Dockyards, the harbour tours which last 40-50 minutes can be joined either at the Dockyards or Gunwharf Quays.

Kennet & Avon Canal

Newbury (40 miles)

At Newbury Wharf, you can take a trip along the canal in a houseboat, narrowboat or canoe.

Farncombe Boat House

Godalming (34 miles)

If you fancy a day on the water, the Farncombe Boat House in Godalming offers rowing boat, canoe, and punt hire. You can even rent narrow boats by the hour or day!

New Forest Activities

Beaulieu (35 miles)

Explore the beautiful Beaulieu River by canoe or kayak. Land-based activities include archery, bushcraft, cycle hire, laser tag or navigate the aerial ropes obstacle course on the woodland ropes course.

New Forest Water Park

Fordingbridge (43 miles)

Hire kayaks or paddleboards for a tranquil paddle around the beautiful lake, or experience high-energy wakeboarding or a family day on the water on the floating inflatable aqua park. Booking essential.

River Trips

Dapdune Wharf, Guildford (38 miles)

See the River Wey Navigation, one of the first British rivers to be made navigable. Take a 40 minute trip on one of the electric motor launches which run from Thursday to Monday. Tickets can only be bought on the day.

Sailing Trips

Emsworth (14 miles)

Enjoy a couple of hours on the waters of Chichester Harbour on the 125 year-old ‘Terror’, a beautifully restored wooden sailing boat and the last example of an open-decked working sailboat from Emsworth’s oyster industry. Public trips between May and September must be booked in advance.

Water Activities Centre

Southampton (23 miles)

Always thought you’d like to try your hand at sailing (dingy and keel boats), windsurfing, rowing or powerboating? This water sports centre provides courses for every level, whether you’re a beginner or looking for tips to improve. Booking necessary.

Woodmill Outdoor Activities Centre

Southampton (17 miles)

Lots of unique land and water based experiences on offer from kayaking or paddleboarding on the river, climbing on the High Ropes Course, archery and bushcraft.