brenda parker way basingstoke and deane A long distance path across north Hampshire

Welcome to the Brenda Parker Way Home Page

The Brenda Parker Way has been developed by the North Hampshire Downs Ramblers Group in memory of Brenda Parker. The Brenda Parker Way Brenda Parker Way

This 78 mile long distance path is broken into nine sections and crosses the rich and diverse north Hampshire countryside between the towns of Aldershot and Andover. These towns lie respectively at the eastern and western edges of the north of the county and have links to Hampshire’s military heritage. Between, the walk takes in heathland, forest, tiny fields and small farms, then climbs to the highest villages in Hampshire, offering spectacular views, rolling downland and clear chalk streams. The outline of the route, with the main villages and towns, is shown above.

Within each section there are details of the many points of interest along the route; these include Fleet Pond, Hampshire's largest lake; Calleva, an ancient Roman Town; Highclere Castle, home of the discoverer of the tomb of Tutankhamun, and Pilot Hill, Hampshire’s highest point.

The start and end of each of the nine sections have been designed to link up with public transport. By following the links on each of the nine sections it is possible to plan your journey to the start and back from the end. Further details can be found by clicking on the button on the left titled ‘Transport’.

The route on the ground can be found by using a combination of the written description, the website map and the Brenda Parker Way marker discs. Eventually most of the route will be shown on the online and printed copies of the Ordnance Survey Landranger (in red diamonds) and Explorer maps (in green diamonds). Click on the button on the left titled ‘The Brenda Parker Way’ to see the nine sections of the route and then click on each of these to find further details.

While some walkers will complete the Brenda Parker Way over a number of consecutive days, others will do one or more sections over time. For those who wish to do a shorter circular walk that includes some of the route, details are available by clicking the menu button on the left titled ‘Other Walks’.

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For comments or issues relating to the Brenda Parker Way and any waymarking problems or path obstructions along the route, please click on the button on the left titled ‘Comments’.