Walk: Highclere, Hampshire

Given the recent gorgeous weather, it seemed silly not to get out and about and do some off road exploring. We headed for Wayfarer’s Walk where it overlooks Highclere Castle. There also happens to be green-lane driving here too.

The views were brilliant. This was only a short part of the 70 mile Wayfarer’s Walk, but certainly worth a visit.  We joined the walk just off the A343 and it doesn’t take long until you are met with a pretty impressive building at the boundary of the Highclere Estate.  I think this is a keepers cottage, but it looks like a mini-castle.Wayfarers Way - Castle Cottage

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Carrying on along this route, you reach an area called Sidown Hill and Upper Woodcott Down. This is a good opportunity to stop and take a look at your surroundings. There are some pretty impressive views here.

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Wayfarers Way - Lookout

We turned around not long after these views as I had spotted a sign for a ‘summer walk’ to ‘Heaven’s Gate’. We headed down this path (which is part of the Highclere Estate) and were very impressed with what we saw.

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Wayfarers Way - View to Highclere

This is a really impressive building but it isn’t marked on a map.  It was a 10 minute walk to this viewpoint from the main path but it was worth it. On a clear day, like the one we had, you can see view of Highclere Castle. From here you really get a sense of how much land Highclere really has.

We decided to head down to Highclere Castle afterwards for a mooch around the Castle and grounds. It is a very impressive building and the land surrounding it is fantastic. If you are a fan of Downton Abbey, it is certainly worth the entry fee.
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The temple of Diana - Highclere Castle
Highclere Castle - Etruscan Temple
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