It’s time for another country walk. I’ve gotten great feedback from you about the ones I’ve shared so far, so today I want to bring you a guide to an Overton walk in Hampshire. I hope it inspires you to get outdoors and explore the English countryside.

Overton Walk

Overton Walk

As with most of my country walks, a friend has planned this day trip from London for a walking group he runs. I’m taking part to escape the city and get a leg stretch.

I’ve always loved Hampshire and I’m excited to see more of this part of the south of England.

Our walk is a circular one, so we’ll start and end at the train station. It will take us through local villages and fields, alongside historic churches, and to the birthplace of Jane Austen.

The whole thing will take us six hours, including a stop for lunch.

Cottage in Ashe, Hampshire, England

How to Get to Overton

We take a direct train from London’s Waterloo to Overton at 8:15am. In around an hour we find ourselves getting off at Overton station in the Hampshire countryside.

We’re west of London near Basingstoke and the North Wessex Downs, and as soon as we get off the train I breathe in the fresh country air and scents of fields and farms.

Field in Hampshire, England

Walk from Overton to Ashe

We start the 11.6-mile (18.7km) route with a walk from Overton station to the village of Ashe. There are farmhouses just outside the station, and it’s hard to believe I was in the city such a short time ago.

On the way to Ashe we pass flower-fronted cottages and the bucolic River Test, and walk through fields of sheep.

Sheep in a Field in Overton, England

When we reach Ashe, things get even prettier. We immediately spot the 19th-century Holy Trinity and St Andrew Church, which has a striking bell tower.

Apparently the church was rebuilt by George Gilbert Scott, the Gothic Revival architect who’s famous for being the designer of the iconic hotel by London’s St Pancras station.

Inside there’s said to be windows by Charles Kempe, a Victorian maker of stained glass.

Holy Trinity and St Andrew Church, Ashe

Up the road from the church, we find delightful cottages near Lower Ashe Farm. These beauties and their resident cat pose for photos, their doors and gardens ripe for admiration.

Cottage with a Cat in Ashe, Hampshire, England

Walk from Ashe to Deane

From Ashe, our Overton walk continues to the village of Deane. We make our way through golden fields with red poppies growing along the paths. Locals dogs run up to greet us as we go.

Soon we reach the green expanse of Deane Park, where the tower of All Saints Church and a big country house hold our attention. The church is a 19th-century Neo-Gothic number, while the house features a mix of architectural styles.

All Saints Church, Deane, England

Walk from Deane to Steventon

Leaving Deane Park, we walk by another impressive country home and a little thatched-roof cottage before reaching Steventon.

Steventon is the birthplace of Jane Austen. She lived here from 1775 to 1801, when she and her family moved to Bath. Her home was torn down in the 19th century, but the church where she worshiped is still standing.

Sign for Steventon, Birthplace of Jane Austen

Soon after passing the sign welcoming us to Steventon, we cut down a lane. Pretty houses lie in front of topiary hedges, and it all feels like a fairy tale.

Garden Hedge in Steventon, Hampshire

Walk from Steventon to North Waltham

From the gardens, our Overton walk takes us along a path lined with fragrant chamomile flowers. I had no idea they grew here, and the scent is amazing.

Signpost for a Country Walk in Hampshire, England

The flowers give way to swaying fields of barley, which we make our way through in classic country fashion.

They lead us to North Waltham. This village is my favorite of the walk. It has everything I love in an English country village, from cottages to ponds.

Cottage in North Waltham, England

A thatched-roof number with a red door has a sign reading “The Old Post House”. Next to it is a street called Cuckoo Close. The water feature comes complete with adorable ducklings, too. Swoon.

Up the road is a pub called The Fox, where wood-paneled rooms and a big beer garden welcome us for lunch.

We sit outside and devour plates of sandwiches and Sunday roasts, giving our feet a welcome rest and our stomachs a refilling before the second half of our walk.

Sunday Roast

Walk from North Waltham to Overton

We leave The Fox feeling full, and make our way back through North Waltham. But this being a circular, our Overton walk takes us a different route to return to our starting point.

We ramble along country roads for a while, then go into woodland areas and sheep-filled pastures. We even pass through a buffalo farm where the herd is used for making mozzarella. I never would have imagined.

Soon we’re in Overton, where we get to see the village itself. There are more thatched-roof cottages here, as well as pubs, shops, and cafes.

Cottages in Overton, England

The train station is a bit of a walk from the high street, and as we make our way there we discover the trains only run once every two hours on Sundays.

We’ve just missed one, so we settle in at the Old House at Home pub in Overton to rest our legs, get a drink, and wait for the next service back to London.

We board the train just before 5pm, and an hour later we’re at Waterloo station. It’s been refreshing to get out of the city and energizing (if exhausting) to walk through the countryside all day.

I’m amazed how easy it’s been to do the walk as a day trip, and excited for the next one.

Farmhouse in Overton, England

Overton Walk and More

I hope this guide has inspired you to get out and walk through the countryside. If you want to do this or another Overton walk, there are plenty of maps online to help you replicate my friend’s route.

I’ve also put all my country walks in Britain into a single blog post if you want more ideas. Happy hiking!

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4 Comments on Lady’s Guide to an Overton Walk in Hampshire

  1. Such a lovely walk! I feel as if I have stepped into a Jane Austen novel! ❤️ Reminded me also of the “South” scenery in “North & South” (loved that series btw)

  2. Thanks for the excellent photo of my house (& cat) at Ashe. The walk is one I know well and I’m sure that anyone who does it will enjoy it as much as you did.

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