Walk 4 - Circle In The Sand

  • DATE: Thursday 26 January 2023

  • TIME: 10.00 

  • START LOCATION: Chapel Common, Rake

  • W3W/GRID REF: ///preheated.masterpiece.range; SU813 286 

  • DISTANCE: 5 miles

  • DURATION: 2 hours 30

We won’t be as rash as to promise you won’t get muddy on this walk, but the Greensand ridge north of Petersfield does offer walkers welcome relief under foot at this time of year. This 5 mile circuit follows the Serpents Way across Chapel Common before crossing over to find the chapel in the woods on the ridge above Maysleith Hanger. The dainty Winter Aconites might even be out to greet us at St Lukes. They were there last January. From there it’s a loop of the hanger edge around to Liphook Golf Club and Forest Mere before coming back across the common. We are pretty confident that this walk is about as clean as it gets in January!

If anyone would like something warm and comforting after our walk, the cafe at Blue Diamond Garden Centre, Rake is only a short distance up the road.


Walk Key

Please look at the festival website ‘Information’ page to understand the walk key, what to wear, advice on medical information, weather plans, arriving before the scheduled departure time etc before deciding if you would like to join this walk.

Walk Pace


Walk Grade

Gentle rolling landscape, walking on paths with good to average surfaces. Some gentle slopes

Dogs on Lead Welcome

Walk Leader

Malinka from Rural Strides is a co-organiser of the walking festival. Rural Strides was set up to promote the beauty and variety of the local Weald and Downland area, as a walking destination close to London. With a wealth of knowledge of local routes, hidden gems and where to find nature at its best in every season, Rural Strides is your ideal walking companion for the Hampshire/West Sussex borderlands.