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The estate at Hinton Ampner

Views of the parkland and South Downs beyond at Hinton Ampner
View over the estate at Hinton Ampner | Hampshire | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

Hinton Ampner sits within the South Downs National Park and has stunning views and rolling countryside surrounding it. There are estate walks which take in the nature, fields and woodland that enclose the house. Discover ancient oaks, walk in the footsteps of Civil War soldiers and uncover over 700 years of history.

Estate walks

Take a picture of our estate walks routes on the board by the church and let the adventure begin. As you wander, you’ll come across ancient woodland that’s home to rare native flora and fauna, like the barbastelle bat. Explore beech avenues that stretch as far as the eye can see, and endless views over the South Downs. Discover carpets of bluebells in the spring time, but please tread carefully around this delicate species and stick to the paths.

Dutton Estate Walk This route takes in the historic estate at Hinton Ampner, which is the final part of former owner Ralph Dutton's vision for an estate, garden and house that would blend harmoniously into the surrounding Hampshire countryside. 2 hours.

Stewkeley Walk Enjoy the open spaces on this short walk taking visitors across the Hinton Ampner estate countryside towards the village of Kilmeston before looping back to the entry of the estate in Hampshire. 50 mins - 1hr.

Battle of Cheriton walk The Battle of Cheriton was a major turning point in the English Civil War and resulted in an important Parliamentarian victory that helped shape the future of England. Starting at Hinton Ampner church, this trail follows in the footsteps of the men who fought on both sides of this important battle. 2 - 2 hours 30 mins.

A short stroll can be taken on a 2-mile trail, or for the more adventurous there's a 4-mile trail around the Hinton Ampner estate. To spot some of the oldest, veteran trees on the estate, an ancient tree trail will take you across the parkland.

Battle ground

On your visit, discover how the Roundheads set up camp in the parkland during the Battle of Cheriton in 1644 on this specially curated walk. Imagine rows of cannon, lines of cavalrymen and the smell of musket fire swirling through the mist. This was a pivotal battle in the English Civil War and the entire battle could be seen from the old house.

Ancient breed Gloucester cattle

Since the rangers and local grazier introduced Gloucester cows to the parkland behind Hinton's house, we've seen numerous benefits as a result. From rare wildflower sightings to an overall increase in the diversity of the wildlife within the grass, these resourceful ancient breed cows are making a big impact.

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Children building a woodland den at Hinton Ampner | © National Trust Images / Trevor Ray Hart

More to explore

The woodland is not just for walking. Children can try their hand at den building or tree climbing.


Please note that there are a few gates around the estate walks, please call in advance and speak to a member of the team if you have access requirements to discuss a suitable route.

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