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Hike: Nature walk in Bishops Waltham - Hampshire

Updated: Oct 30, 2023

For the many years I had lived relatively near to this place I had no idea it had such a big nature walk, nor did I know that it was home to the source of the River Hamble! We were visiting a friend and took a walk around the moor and nature reserve, a nice 3 mile circular. As well as going to the see the river source at the Sandboils - called so because on a frosty morning they bubble and steam rises from them (mental note to go back in the winter!); you then take woodland paths and cross fields before ascending up a hill to get some wonderful views across the Hampshire countryside. A whole host of wild flowers adorned this walk and we were greeted by lots of different types of butterflies.

The walk finishes in Bishops Waltham town centre, where there is a lot of independent and boutique shops to look around, my favourite cafe Josies and a host of public houses. In the age of Coronavirus, we ordered a Josies click and collect and ate it in our friends garden. Josies' breakfast pancake stack is a winner with the smalls and I found their breakfast burrito was insanely good after a 3 mile walk. A great morning well spent.

If you want to create a longer day out, there is the palace ruins, which is under English Heritage management, also adjacent to the town centre.

Butterfly landing on hand

Two ladies walking through the nature reserve in Bishops Waltham

Two horses peering through the trees

Nature reserve with wildflowers in Bishops Waltham

Wildflowers growing in a field

Lady walking through a hillside view

Fields view in Bishops Waltham

Picture of a butterly close up

Walking through the streets of Bishops Waltham

Church in Bishops Waltham

Josie's Breakfast Burrito

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