WITH highs of 32c, summer has fully landed in Basingstoke and at times it seems impossible to cool off.

This Gazette scoop looks at six places to find delicious ice-cream and a pleasant stroll.

Waffles & Cream, Chandler’s Ford

Basingstoke Gazette: Waffles & Cream [Credit: Google Maps]Waffles & Cream [Credit: Google Maps]

This gelato house in Chandler’s Ford is great for kids and adults with a sweet tooth. Serving waffles, crepes, Ice Cream and Milkshakes with vegan options also available. It is also just a five-minute walk from the scenic Hiltingbury Lakes public garden.

Hatcher Pond, New Forest

Basingstoke Gazette: Hatcher Pond [Credit: Visit The New Forest tourist information]Hatcher Pond [Credit: Visit The New Forest tourist information]

For Dog walkers looking to get out, Hatchet Pond in the New Forest offers a beautiful walk with on of the most diverse wildlife spots in the New Forest. The Pond is the largest areas of fresh water I the whole of the New Forest just outside the small village of Beaulieu There is a mobile ice cream van making frequent patrols ensuring a well-earned treat at the end.

The Ottoman Restaurant, Basingstoke

Basingstoke Gazette: The Ottoman Restaurant [Credit: Google Street View]The Ottoman Restaurant [Credit: Google Street View]

The Ottoman Restaurant on Winchester Street in Basingstoke offers a wide array of Dondurma – Turkish battered Ice Cream, for those looking to for something a bit more experimental than a traditional 99.

Canal Café, Farnborough

Basingstoke Gazette: Canal Cafe [Credit: Google Maps]Canal Cafe [Credit: Google Maps]

There are also plenty of ice cream spots along the Basingstoke canal if you’re prepared to head further east towards Surrey. Canal Café sits overlooking the canal in Farnborough, offering refreshments to walkers in this walkers’ paradise.

Canto Gelato, Andover

Basingstoke Gazette: Canto Gelato [Credit: Google Maps]Canto Gelato [Credit: Google Maps]

This gelato place is for the authentic gelato lovers. Serving Pure Sicilian pistachio ice cream and gelato infused with Italian Lavazza coffee, it is a must try for a taste of Italy. Conveniently, it is also a stones throw away from the Andover canal.

Eastrop Park, Basingstoke

Basingstoke Gazette: Eastrop Park [Credit: Google Maps]Eastrop Park [Credit: Google Maps]

The ice cream van has returned to Eastrop Park, Basingstoke. Located right in the centre of town and right by Festival Place, a walk and an ice cream here could be the perfect accompaniment to a day of shopping.