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Sydmonton Court Estate, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Country House.

This part of the world in Hampshire is wonderful …..and the walking trails aren’t too bad either!  I would highly recommend the walks around this area of Kingsclere, Hannington, The Gallops, Sydmonton, Ecchinswell.  You can make the walk as long or as short as you like and organize it so you finish up for lunch and/or a pint in one of the surrounding country pubs.  A wonderful day out and don’t forget to take some snap shots to look back on.

Sensational views from Watership Down to Sydmonton Court.
Sensational views from Watership Down to Sydmonton Court.

The views  from Watership Down are a prize.  After you leave The Gallops, the path takes you to Watership Down (and all down! hill from there!)  Pick a clear day, even cold! and you won’t be disappointed….the views down into Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber’s country house are sensational at Sydmonton.

Sydmonton Court Estate, Hampshire, Country Home of Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber.

This part of Hampshire in England is a favourite part of the countryside for Steve and I.  Walking trails around this area take you through the Sydmonton Court Estate, Watership down, The Gallops, Ladle Hill on great Litchfield Down, Burghclere and surrounding areas of Ecchinswell, Hannington and Kingsclere.  It’s impressive walking trails are equally as good in the winter months as in the Summer.  The country home of Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber is Sydmonton Court; it’s beautiful, surrounded by well maintained landscapes and magnificent views.

A glimpse of Sydmonton Court, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Country House
A glimpse of Sydmonton Court, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Country House
he tree lined path passes through Sydmonton Court Estate
The tree lined right of way path passes through Sydmonton Court Estate
The hedge lined driveway to Andrew Lloyd Webber's country house, Sydmonton Court.
The hedge lined driveway to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s country house, Sydmonton Court.
Front gates and the Gatehouse to Sydmonton Court Estate, country house of Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Front gates and the Gatehouse to Sydmonton Court Estate, country house of Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Looking through the beautiful iron gates down the drive of Sydmonton Court, Andrew lloyd Webber's Country house in Hampshire.
Looking through the beautiful iron gates down the drive of Sydmonton Court, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Country house in Hampshire.
Fields next to Laundry Cottages on the Sydmonton Court Estate.
Fields next to Laundry Cottages on the Sydmonton Court Estate.
Laundry Cottages, Sydmonton Court Estate, Hampshire
Laundry Cottages, Sydmonton Court Estate, Hampshire
The Polo Feld on Sydmonton Court Estate.
The Polo Field on Sydmonton Court Estate.

We have spent many enjoyable hours walking around this part of Hampshire and I would have to say this is one of the best walks in the area (see my hiking blogs) We would often finish up with a pint or two in the George and Dragon Pub in Wolverton Townsend or another local pub in the area.

Looking from The Gallops down into the Sydmonton Court Estate, Hampshire.
Looking from The Gallops down into the Sydmonton Court Estate, Hampshire.
Park House Stables owned by The Balding Family are an awsome sight in this area of Kingsclere.
Park House Stables owned by The Balding Family are an awesome sight in this area of Kingsclere.
The training track at Park House Stables in Kingsclere.
The training track at Park House Stables in Kingsclere.
Dairy cows grazing up Freemantle Park Down above Kingsclere and Park House Stables
Dairy cows grazing up Freemantle Park Down above Kingsclere and Park House Stables
Freemantle Park Down
Freemantle Park Down
Steve heading toward the tv trasmitter at Hannington.
Steve heading toward the TV transmitter at Hannington.

We could see this TV transmitter from the garden at Haughurst House and it reminded us every time of the wonderful countryside and walks up and around Hannington and Kingsclere.  I called this ‘Steve’s Tower.’

Coffee break at Watership Down on The Sydmonton Court Estate
Coffee break at Watership Down on The Sydmonton Court Estate

Particularly in the winter time, I would quite often make a batch of healthy wholemeal cheese and onion scones to take on our long hikes, usually taking around four hours (21kms) and finishing around lunchtime for a pint in a lovely country pub.  wonderful!!

Boxing Day half marathon!

Boxing Day this year for me has been pretty decent.  We woke up to a magnificent sunny morning….still freezing though.  We felt we had to make the most of this sunshine (haven’t seen a lot of it lately!) and decided to go on one of our much loved long walks.  Today, we would start from Kingsclere and walk to Hannington then on the Wayfarers Path to the Gallops then down into Sydmonton, through the Lloyd-Webber Estate then on to Eccinswell and back to Kingsclere.  All up, around 22kms (13-14 miles).

So, although feeling a little seedy from a few! extra drinks yesterday, not to mention all that rich food, Steve set about making us a quick beans on toast and some yummy Christmas ham sandwiches while I washed my hair.  I made us a thermos of coffee, Steve filled the water bottle and we were off around 8:30am and were walking by 8:45am.

The day was stunning…….so sunny with only a breath of wind.  Walking conditions were sensational, although a little slippery in some spots but mostly just crunchy snow.  Didn’t see much wildlife…sheep, two hares, horses, many Robin Redbreast and a large number of other birds fighting to get the last of the berries on the trees.

We stopped for coffee on the highest point of the Gallops where the veiws were magnificent, as per usual.  By this stage, my bit of a hangover had disappeared in the chilly air and I felt amazing.

Three hours into the walk and I was starting to get tired and wanted to find a nice warm spot to curl up and sleep!!  But we were going to finish with a pint in “The George and Dragon” pub so I had to keep soldiering on……….

We were eventually in the last field before we reached Kingsclere.  The feeling we felt was that of achievement and immense satisfaction.  Four hours walking on the icy snow topped landscape was a huge effort, mentally and physically.  Fantastic!  Won’t feel guilty having that pint of Thatchers Cider!