19m / 30km from Winchester
12.5m / 20km from Portsmouth
Cricket buffs shouldn't miss Hambledon, otherwise known as the 'cradle of cricket'. To look at the elegant Georgian houses and half-timbered cottages today it's hard to believe that the village was once the centre of the cricketing universe. In the late 18th century, however, Hambledon Cricket Club raised the game 'from a sport to an art' and established the rules we know today. There is a memorial to the club on Broadha'penny Down and the Bat and Ball Inn opposite, which used to serve as the pavilion and clubhouse, is full of interesting cricket memorabilia. To complete your cricketing pilgrimage, visit the grave of Thomas Lord, the founder of Lord's cricket ground, in West Meon churchyard, or take in a match at the Rose Bowl, the home of Hampshire Cricket, a short drive away at West End.
For more information abour Hambledon visit the Hambledon website.
A brand new guide to Hambledon 'Exploring Hambledon - The Cradle of Cricket' is now available from local outlets. It contains useful walking trails,a map and plenty of information on the history and attractions of Hambledon.