A delightful mix of historic buildings jostle with modern shops and arcades whilst the area surrounding Alton, home to Jane Austen, is renowned for its tranquil and unspoilt beauty. You can vist Jane Austen's House and the Chawton House Library at nearby Chawton and walk in Jane's footsteps on self-guided walks.
The Watercress Line steam railway goes from Alton, trundling through beautiful countyside through the village of Ropley and on to Alresford. The village of Selborne was home to Gilbert White, and you can visit the Gilbert White's House & the Oates Collection or walk up Selborne Hanger for amazing views over this part of the South Downs.
At Lasham Airfield, nearby, gliding competitions take place and gliding lessons are possible, or experience a peaceful flight above breathtakingly beautiful countryside. Further afield, Milestones, Hampshire's Living History Museum (in Basingstoke) brings the past to life.
Long distance footpaths and other rights of way offer many opportunities for walking and cycling.