The Charm Of Rural Hampshire

You can’t go to a rural country such as Hampshire in England without visiting some of the quaint old villages that dot the countryside. There are many to choose from, in fact almost all of them look like they should be a picture post card. WHighclere_Castle_02ith cows and sheep aplenty in the fields, the stone buildings look like they belong to history, not the modern day.

Even life slows down to a snail’s pace. One such village is Beech, which can be found in the East of the county, just a few miles away from the historic market town of Alton. A lot of the villages and towns you will pass through in this part of the world will offer bed and breakfast accommodation.

The villages themselves are surrounded by luscious green hills and fields. Footpaths and horse bridleways set off in many different directions though, so it is a good idea to make sure you have good cell phone reception or a good old fashioned map and compass before setting out for a walk. These villages also border on New Forest National Park, which also makes for a great day out in the wild.

The surrounding scenery proved to be inspirational to famous writers who grew up there, including Jane Austen and the master of prose Charles Dickens. The old Watercress Steam Railway line also runs through the area and there are several craft beer brewhouses and pubs that you can visit. Cycling, in particular mountain biking is also popular in the area and you can hire the equipment on arrival. Alton can be easily be reached by car from the M3, M4 and A3 motorways and it is only a 40 minute drive from Southampton International Airport. If you do not have your own wheels, you can get there from Waterloo Train Station in London.