The South Downs Way
Queen Elizabeth Country Park
Queen Elizabeth Country Park is a very popular leisure facility well used by the people of nearby Havant, Waterlooville and Portsmouth. The park is generally buzzing with activity, especially at weekends.
It can be a bit confusing to navigate your way through the labyrinthine paths and bridleways of QECP however.
If you don't have your wits about you it's possible to take a wrong turn.
It's a little irritating that the route of the South Downs Way takes you in a long loop, first south down Butser, then back north again through the woods of Queen Elizabeth Country Park, when a more direct path straight to the top of the Downs seems to be the more obvious way to go.
The woodland in the park isn't especially interesting, with wide man made paths and all the paraphernalia you would expect from a country park - as opposed to the natural feel of the countryside which you'll experience for most of the South Downs Way in Sussex.
But never mind - if you're interested in walking the authentic South Downs Way route, then these things have to be endured - there's plenty more arduous walking to come further along the Way.
And the detour does give you a chance to take buy refreshments and use the other facilities at the Country Park.
Staunton Way.Staunton Way is a route through Staunton Country Park and beyond, taking you from the top part of Queen Elizabeth Country Park in the north to the outskirts of Havant in the south.
The walk has two routes which allows the energetic to follow a circular walk all the way around the Park, Chalton Down and the edge of Stansted Forest - a distance of 20 miles in total.
Staunton Way gets its name from Portsmouth MP Sir George Staunton whose former estate forms a large chunk of the Staunton Country Estate.
Hangers WayHangers Way is another 20 mile long path through Hampshire, running all the way from Alton in the west to its end point here in Queen Elizabeth Country Park.
The route gets its name from the hangers - or hanging woods - which cling to the steep sides of the hills all along this part of the South Downs.
But these routes are for another day - it's time to press onwards up out of the forest towards Coulters Dean.
Places to visit close to the South Downs WayAmberley | Arundel | Ashington | Bepton | Bignor | Bramber | Bramber Castle | Burpham | Bury | Chanctonbury Ring | Charlton | Chilgrove | Clayton | Cocking | Compton | Cootham | Devil's Dyke | The Devil's Humps | Didling | Duncton | East Dean | East Harting | Edburton | Findon | Graffham | Harting Down | Heyshott | Houghton | Hurstpierpoint | North Marden | Parham House | Poynings | Pyecombe | Rackham | Singleton | Slindon | South Harting | South Stoke | Stedham | Steyning | Storrington | Torberry Hill | Treyford | Trotton | Truleigh Hill | Uppark | Up Marden | Upwaltham | Upper Beeding | Washington | West Dean
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