This walk is a fun way to explore the streets and alleyways of Alton. Discover some of the history of the area and visit many of the attractions that the town has to offer.
Alton, at the source of the River Wey, is a charming market town situated in a part of Hampshire that is renowned for its tranquil and unspoilt beauty. The town centre is a delightful mix of historic buildings and modern shops and restaurants.
This walk is suitable for the whole family. The distance is 1.8 miles or 2.9 kms. It starts and ends at Alton railway station. The route takes us past King's Pond before entering the narrow streets and alleys of the town centre. There are plenty of tea shops, restaurants and pubs to stop for refreshments along the way.
There is a regular train service between Alton and London Waterloo with connecting stations at Aldershot and Woking. Parking is available at the train station and in several car parks in the town centre. Bus services connect Alton with Guildford, Farnham, Winchester and Basingstoke.
The Treasure Hunt
With the entrance to Alton railway station behind you head left.
1. What is one score miles and one away?
Cross over Paper Mill Lane and walk down the hill.
2. What is the distance to London Waterloo station?
Clue: miles/chains, a chain being 22 yards or 20.12 metres
Continue down Paper Mill Lane, turn right into Waterside Court, bear right and then left up a footpath to King's Pond. Turn left.
3. What is the National Grid Reference of the pond's drain?
Walk to the end of the pond. Turn right into Lower Turk Street.
4. Which company has markers in the ground?
Walk along Lower Turk Street and cross over the roundabout. At the end of Turk Street turn left into the High Street.
5. What was the profession of a new man?
Continue up the High Street, turn right into Westbrooke Alley and enter the Public Gardens.
6. What was constructed for a royal celebration?
Cross the car park and enter Market Square.
7. What is the limit of an Avery device?
Leave Market Square and enter Amery Street.
8. Which house is protected by the fire brigade?
Clue: a fire mark is proof of insurance cover
9. Which currency is sliced?
Climb Amery Hill and enter the grounds of St. Lawrence Church.
10. What has been hidden at one end of the church?
Leave the churchyard via the main entrance on Church Street.
11. Which English guardian is commemorated in Alton?
Turn right into Vicarage Hill. At the bottom of the hill turn left into Bakers Alley. When you reach the High Street turn left.
12. In which line of business was Jane Austen's brother?
13. What are the names of the His and Hers staffs?
Continue into Normandy Street.
14. Which beast guards the entrance to a former public house?
Continue over the roundabout into Anstey Road.
15. What is the distance to the ancient capital of Wessex?
Turn right into Paper Mill Lane and return to Alton railway station.