WITH the country locked down until December 2, you will find no better time than now to explore some of the best walks in North Hampshire.

The Government has permitted people to leave the house for exercise, such as for a walk, during the second lockdown.

With shorter days and longer nights, the need to get outside for some Vitamin D and fresh air is more important than ever during these cold Autumn days.

That’s why we have rounded up a list of places you can visit for a walk during lockdown in North Hampshire

If you do go for a walk, remember to follow social distancing measures, wash your hands with hand sanitiser and wear masks when appropriate.

Kingsclere walk

Route distance: 5 miles

Start point: White Hill car park

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Kingsclere has varied countryside including open downland, steep slopes, small fields and woodland.

This walk is not for the faint hearted. It has some steep gradients but is worth trying for the beautiful views.

To view route directions click here.

Danebury Hill Fort

Route distance: 0.8 miles

Start point: Danebury car park

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Danebury is one of an extensive network of fortified sites across the Hampshire countryside.

The high rampart defences are a Scheduled Ancient Monument. The site is a rich chalk grassland and from the hill fort there are magnificent views including several other hill forts and prehistoric burial mounds.

Evidence suggests that Danebury Iron Age Hill Fort was built 3000 years ago.

It started life as a Late Bronze Age stock enclosure, while the main defences that are now visible were built around 2500 years ago.

The fort remained in use until c.100BC, some 140 years before the Roman invasion of AD43.

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Hannington Cottingtons Hill

Route distance: 4.5 miles

Start point: Village Green

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Hannington is situated high in the North Wessex Downs - an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

A network of public rights of way gives walkers opportunities to explore and enjoy this beautiful landscape.

Spectacular views extend south and west from For Down, and north and south from Michael’s Field.

During most seasons you can see skylarks, yellowhammers and many other wild birds. Fieldfares and redwings are regular visitors in winter.

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Longparish Dead Mans Plack

Route distance: 6.5 miles

Start point: Village Hall

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The valley is about half a mile wide, flanked by low ridges, with Harewood Forest to the north and west.

An excellent network of footpaths, including part of the Test Way, links the settlements. The paths provides some memorable views of the old cottages, the landscape and the river.

Livestock graze the low lying fields of the valley. Arable crops such as barley, wheat and oilseed rape are grown on the rising ground. Small spinneys and areas planted provide cover for game birds and other wildlife.

Harewood Forest was a royal hunting forest in Saxon and Norman times. But now the forest is managed for forestry, hunting and wildlife.

Dead Man's Plack itself is a Grade-II listed 19th-century monument erected in the memory Earl Athelwold.

According to legend, Athelwold was killed there in 963 by his rival in love King Edgarto.

To view route directions click here.