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Walk the walks
Wriggly Tin makes a perfect base from which to explore three long distance trails that pass close by.

The South Downs Way runs for over 100 miles from Winchester to Eastbourne. The western section, from Wriggly Tin to Winchester, is a fine walk which can be tackled in one or two stages. In the other direction, which takes in Butser Hill on the way, the pretty village of South Harting can easily be reached in a day.

The Monarch’s Way is based on the escape route taken by King Charles II, after his defeat at the Battle of Worcester in 1651. It runs from Worcester in the midlands to Shoreham on the south coast, passing within one mile of Wriggly Tin on the way.

The Wayfarer’s Walk runs from Inkpen Beacon, near Newbury, to the coast at Emsworth. With an early start from Wriggly Tin, it is quite possible to walk north to Alresford or south to Emsworth in a day. Both routes offer great views and good pubs along the way.

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Exploring the area
Wriggly Tin is set within Brooks Copse, an area of ancient woodland one mile north of Hambledon, Hampshire, in the the South Downs National Park. The surrounding countryside is excellent for walking, cycling and riding, with the South Downs Way, Monarch’s Way and Wayfarer’s Walk all close by. An easy walk away is the ridge of the downs, from where you can enjoy fine views towards the Isle of Wight, New Forest, Sussex and Surrey.

The picturesque village of Hambledon, famed as “the cradle of cricket” (it’s where the original rules of the game were drawn up), is a 20-minute stroll by footpath. There you’ll find a friendly pub, general store, tea room and Hambledon Vineyard. A little further afield lie the market town of Petersfield and the cathedral cities of Winchester and Chichester, as well as Portsmouth and its historic naval dockyard. The coast is a short drive away, or you can take a hovercraft across The Solent to the Isle of Wight.

There are several country pubs that make good destinations for walkers and cyclists, or try a circular ramble that takes in the historic Bat and Ball pub on the way back. A half-day stroll can take you to the villages of East and West Meon, Exton, Soberton or Droxford, all of which have excellent pubs to rest up in at the end of the day. You will find a detailed map of the area, showing several walks of varying lengths, in your shepherd’s hut.