Byways and Brothers at Bentworth (Hampshire)


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21 km / 13 miles

6-7 hours

Things to look out for on the walk:

Bentworth: An extensive parish with a good number of manor houses. St Mary's Church is predominantly 13th century and the nearby rectory is very elegant. The Sun Inn (our lunch venue) dates from the early 17th century. 

Alton Abbey: Located outside of Medstead, a rare example of an Anglican Benedictine community, founded in 1889, located at its site in 1895 and designed in a restrained 13th-Century style. The pleasant grounds and church are open to the public.

Shalden: An attractive hamlet of manor houses and farm cottages. Church of 1865.

Alton: A prosperous market town and dormitory, well-served by frequent trains, independent shops and characterful inns. Much Georgian bulding in the High Street. The site of the source of the River Wey which will be seen on this walk. If we wait for a few minutes before starting the walk we'll see the 10:50 steam locomotive service depart Alton Station on the Mid-Hants Railway.

'Sweet Fanny Adams': Her name and epithet soon became used as a euphemism and as naval slang (for mutton), but the Victorian public were revulsed by the murder and dismemberment of Fanny Adams, aged 8, by solicitors' clerk Frederick Baker on the 24th August 1867. The water meadows where her body parts were found is on the itinerary and if you want to see her grave, you can.


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