Abbotstone Wood Camping is just a couple of miles from
New Alresford, which is actually quite old, and a charming little town with
everything you might need. It has a Co-op, a Tescos, as well as cafes,
pubs, chemists and a good butcher, it even has its own brewery. The Itchen
Valley Brewery, is open to visitors and of course you can buy some of their
fine ales. It has a market every Thursday, and a Continental Market on some
weekends. You can get further information at www.alresford.org
The town is right in the heart of the Hampshire
watercress country, and is the southern terminal for the Watercress Line
Heritage railway, so you can take a steam train to Jane Austen’s home town of
Alton if you like
The campsite is also within easy walking distance of
The Grange, Northington, a huge neo classical pile set in landscaped
gardens. They run an Opera season here during June and July, and you
could combine a night at the opera with a night under canvas. Go to Grange Park
Opera for this year’s programme.
Just along the road from the site is an ancient
hill settlement known as Oliver’s Battery. There is a cycle track and a nature
walk. You will find a footpath that leads you down to the deserted mediaeval
village of Abbotstone which featured in the Doomsday Book, but was deserted
during the Plague. Not much remains, but you can see the outline of fields
and buildings in the meadows.
You can also pick up a footpath from the campsite that
runs northwards and after a mile or so brings you to the Woolpack pub at
Totford, where you can have a beer or Sunday Lunch or both.
There are several places to fish nearby, and some of
them will offer day tickets. Google ‘fishing in Alresford’ and you will find a
number of them.
You can apparently drive a tank at Tichbourne Down, if
that’s your thing. It’s not cheap but it’s only a few miles away and you can
get details from daysoutsoutheast.co.uk
Adventure Balloons operate over South Hampshire, and
take off from West Meon and other places. Again, not cheap but a great
experience if the weather is right. You can contact them on 01252 844222
has a traditional Farmers Market every Thursday, as well as a fine cathedral
and plenty of good shopping.
the weather cave in,(would it ever) the Winchester Science Centre and
Planetarium is fantastic and well worth a visit. It is about 5 miles from
Alresford on the Winchester road.