Parks and Open spaces Basingstoke Council website including:
Pushchair Walks: Basing lime pits, Crabtree Plantation, Eastrop Park, War Memorial Park
Other Walks: Carpenters Down, Blackdam Pond
Tree trails and self-guided walks – Basingstoke Council website
Walking in Hampshire – Hampshire Council website
Walking in Hants – John Harris’ Walking in…England, free walks
Pushchair friendly recommendations
Farley Mount, Winchester – No toilet facilities, free parking, excellent outdoor area for toddlers, farm shop on the way in from Winchester or Waitrose nearby for picnic bits, path’s aren’t distinct but are fairly pushchair friendly
Basingstoke Canal, Odiham – Castle remains are pretty cool although you can no longer picnic inside it, have to sit outside, path can be quite thin in places but still should still be able to use with an off road buggy
Frensham Little Pond/Great Pond, Nr Farnham – Nearest sandy “beach”!
Fleet Pond, Fleet – Tiny sandy beach, picnic benches, jettys for feeding the ducks, entry road in is a bit hair raising!
Other Walk Recommendations
Aldermaston Common – On the road from Basingstoke to Newbury. Several Car Parks around the common
Hook Common – Just off Junction 5 of M3. Cows present so will need to keep dogs under control.
Yateley Common Country Park – Nr Yately. Newbury Race Course/Watership Down – near Kingsclere, RG28 7NJ
Micheldever Wood. See my review of Micheldever Wood from 2014, for more details.
Medstead Forest – Near to Alton. Lovely in spring time when the Bluebells are out
Danebury Iron Age Hillfort – Near Andover
Recommendations for family
Alice Holt, Alton – 3 mile cycle trail suitable for children and adults
The Look Out Discovery Centre, Bracknell – a 24.2 kilometre cycle network suitable for all abilities