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Our favourite autumn walks in Hampshire

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Before Christmas rudely gatecrashes our every waking moment, I thought I’d give a final word to autumn. A part from some inevitable wash out days, autumn is ideal for getting out and about.

We’re really lucky to live on the Hampshire coast, so interesting dog and toddler friendly walks are never far from our front door. Here are a few of our favourite ones:

Manor Farm Country Park

It’s known to most people as the home of Wartime Farm – an estate in Eastleigh where BBC 2 turned back the clock to run the farm exactly as it would have been in the Second World War.

Our recent visit was on a beautiful sunny day just as the autumn colours had reached their brightest. There’s lots of little woodland clearings where you can park up for a walk to the River Hamble or a run around the fields.

main playground has been updated since our last visit with lots of equipment for older kids as well as those a bit younger. The Tot enjoyed making loud noises on these huge pipes.

Manor Farm Country Park playground

It’s free to use the country park, but if you want to make a day of it you can also visit the farm. Adult entry costs £7 and kids over the age of three are £4.50. If you are just coming for a walk parking costs £1.50 for up to an hour or £3.50 for the day.

Hill Head beach

We used to be able to walk to the beach from our old house (sob – I miss it!), but since moving at the start of the year it’s more like a 10 minute car journey. We still get there as much as we can and Tin Box Dog enjoys a couple of beach walks a week when I drop her off to look after the grandparents while I’m working.

Tin Box Dog on Hill Head beach

Hill Head is in Fareham and its beach is made up of three sections stretching from Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve at its western end to Lee-on-the-Solent in the east.

Some parts are open to dogs all year round, while others have winter-only walkies times. Tin Box Dog loves a dip in the sea whatever the season so we always have a towel in the back of the car!

Parking is free and there are a couple of car parks to choose from along the front.

Titchfield Abbey

Tin Box Tot loves running around the ruins of this 13th century monastery.

Litchfield Abbey Fareham

Many of the walls of the old abbey are still standing and others have been marked out on the ground following archeological excavations. It makes a great maze for inquisitive little people and parents can let their kids roam without worrying that they are going to get lost – there’s only a single track roadway in an out of the abbey grounds.

In the summer it’s a fab location for a family picnic, but it was a bit drizzly during our recent visit so we stuck to throwing Tin Box Dog’s ball and running through puddles in the ruins.

Titchfield Abbey is looked after by English Heritage and is free to visit.

So, if you live in or are visiting the Hampshire area you might see us at one of our favourite hangouts. If you do, give us a wave!

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Claire Hall

Sunday 30th of November 2014

The farm is great. Tin Box Tot will be paying the newborn farm animals a visit in the spring :) Thanks for popping by x

Claire Hall

Sunday 30th of November 2014

Yay! You must swing by. The Abbey is great for mini explorers. Your little prince would love it :) x

Claire Hall

Sunday 30th of November 2014

Ah, it's always the places on your doorstep that you neglect. Have a fab time rediscovering it and give us a shout if you want a play date! x

Claire Hall

Sunday 30th of November 2014

It is beautiful and just the sort of place I loved as a kid. You can play princesses to your heart's content! Thanks for popping by x

Coombe Mill

Sunday 30th of November 2014

There's some great recommendations for people who live near there to get lots of fun out of the area. I bet it's great to visit Manor Farm Country Park. Thanks for linking up with Country Kids.

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