The Poet’s Stone

Ashford Hangers, Hampshire

Signature Hikes
11.3 km walk (3 hrs)  
all year round

Essential pack

map + guide delivered to your door (see details)

Gift pack

map + guide + patch + compass delivered in a beautiful gift box (see details)delivered in 1-3 business days
LDN Waterloo > Petersfield ( 🚆 +/- 1hr 5mins) Liss > LDN Waterloo ( 🚆 +/- 1hr 20mins)
The Poet’s Stone

This is not an especially long walk…

…but it does have some steep sections, both up and down. Shoes with a proper grip are essential and walking poles a plus. In the summer, the stinging nettles and brambles can come into play and therefore trousers and long sleeves are recommended. The Hawkley Inn is well known locally and we would recommend booking a table in advance. It’s downhill back to Liss and it is worth timing your walk to coincide with the hourly train back to London Waterloo.


“Easily accessible from London via Waterloo and Clapham Junction railway stations, this is one of my favourite walks in the county. The 60 mile view atop ‘The Shoulder of Mutton Hill’ is stunning”

“The walk has a literary connection too, the monolith known as ‘The Poet’s Stone’ sits halfway up the hill and dedicates the hillside to local hero and poet Edward Thomas.”

Curator: Will Purkhardt


• Outstanding views towards the South Downs

• Beautiful beech hangers and bluebell woods

• Follow in the footsteps of Edward Thomas, the great war poet

• Historic churches

• Lunch at one of Hampshire’s best pubs


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