Welcome to Alton Ramblers website
We run regular walks in the Alton area during the week, on Sundays and, in the summer, in the evening. The weekday walks are on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. One week there are two, offering the opportunity to do a short one (up to 5 miles) or a longer one (up to 10 miles). The following week, there is a medium length walk from 5 to 7 miles. The Sunday walks vary from about 10 miles to 12 or sometimes 14. So there is plenty to choose from.
We are a friendly group so do come along to enjoy a sociable walk in the beautiful countryside of Hampshire.
If you click on any of the up and coming walks in the box to the left, you will find more information, together with a map showing the location of the start.
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Rights of Way – “Restoring The Record”
Did you know that there are literally hundreds of unrecorded public rights of way in most counties throughout the UK and you may be walking on one next week!
On 1st Jan 2026, that is less than 8 years from now, the Definitive Map will be definitive and rights of way not shown on the map will cease to exist. That path you may be walking on next week may be closed off ! Eight years sounds quite a long time but the date was fixed at the millennium when there were 25 years, which seemed long enough at the time, but little has been done in the past 15 !
It can be appreciated that changes of habits and circumstances during this century have caused many footpaths to fall into disuse. Many have already disappeared. Others have become overgrown and are no longer passable. In our modern age, however, they have a new “raison d’etre”, adding to the network of rural paths in our country to serve the whole community of town and countryside dwellers alike enabling all to enjoy fresh air, exercise and recreation in the countryside. Unless steps are taken, these rights of way will be extinguished.
We need to act to preserve these footpaths for future generations. So what do we need to do ? Be a detective !
Firstly check on the Definitive Map and List of Streets that routes that you think are ROW are, in fact, on one or the other.
Secondly, for “lost” routes (not on the Definitive Map or List of Streets), we need to watch out for routes that you might suspect have had higher rights, or routes remembered by older people in the area, or missing links (ROW that do not link up with any other ROW) or any ROW shown on an old map. Is the route hedged or ditched on both sides? Does it join a highway at each end, or join a road to a common? Does it have a footpath running parallel in the field alongside? Does it have a stoned or bound surface, (i.e. has never been “under the plough”)? Do footpaths dead end into it (in which case the logical connection between the footpaths is along the route)? Does it have telegraph poles along part of its length? Does it go under a railway through a wide bridge? Is there a ford alongside a footbridge? Does it have a name (helpful ones can be “Old Road”, “Horsey Drove”,“Holdfast Lane” etc) ? Is it an ORPA (Other Route with Public Access) that is not recorded ?
Everyone can prevent routes being lost. And, we need to work together to make it happen! It is really difficult to work on your own !
Some websites to enthuse you !
We need to be able to perform a systematic search which means forming a group of volunteers between whom we can divide up the map and jointly consult about cases.
You do not need to walk with Ramblers – just be interested to protect and preserve our path network ! A lot of research can be done at home in your sitting room with access to the Internet !