Gilbert White Literary Walk

  • A walk around Selborne, near Winchester
  • A walk around Selborne, near Winchester

Start at public car park behind The Selborne Arms

Selborne, Alton

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A self-guided walk around Selborne

Born in Selborne in his grandfather’s vicarage, Gilbert White lived there for most of his life at “The Wakes”. He worked as a Curate (never Vicar) in nearby Farringdon and in Selborne, where he died. Long regarded as a pioneer British naturalist, his classic book, The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne (1789), is still in print and has made the village famous around the world.

The walk is in a figure of eight and is about 6 miles (4 hours), it can be done in two parts. The first circuit (2.5 miles, 1.5 hours) is through the churchyard and Lythes to Priory Farm and back to the village through the beeches of Dorton Wood. This picks up the older part of Selborne’s history: this section follows the valley and is on a level. The second and more adventurous circuit (3.5 miles, 2 hours) follows footpaths through Selborne Hanger and Common to Coneycroft and the northern end of the village.

Selborne is on the B3006 which links the A31 at Alton and the A325 and A3 at Greatham. Follow brown heritage signs for Gilbert White’s House.

The starting point is the public car park behind The Selborne Arms. Turn left out of the car park, along The Street to The Queens. Cross the road and stop to look
at the old butcher’s shop and Gilbert White’s House opposite.

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