Enjoy an autumn walking weekend in Hampshire...
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We might as well dub this walking weekend ‘walkgin’. Not only do we make the most of autumn & spring by strolling through Hampshire countryside which inspired the author of Watership Down but we’ll also become gin cocktail connoisseurs (if you’re not already) at the famous Bombay Sapphire gin distillery.
Quite honestly let the gin begin!
In a nutshell:
- Go all giddy by becoming a ginmeister cocktail maker courtesy of Bombay Sapphire (don’t worry we do all the driving)
- Gleefully tramp through the autumnal leaves as we amble through Watership Down landscape.
- Gorge yourself silly on good pub food.
- Get hunkered down in pub accommodation.
Gin and Walking Escape Dates:
- Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd November
- Monday 23rd – Wednesday 25th November
- Friday 12th – Sunday 14th February 2021
As we’re staying in a pub for the weekend, you’re welcome to check-in from 3pm onwards and then spend a wee bit of time exploring before meeting your Large Outdoors host in the bar (naturally) at 6pm.
Once all the group has gathered we then head out to one of the other pubs we’ve found during an inordinate amount of research to ensure it has the right level of hygge – good beers, cosy fires, friendly locals…you get the picture! Please note this pub evening meal is not included in the price.
Today we venture out on a shorter 4-hour walk than we’d normally plan to do, to enable enough time for the gin!
The route might be shorter, but it’s a beauty nonetheless and for those who were glued to the recent re-make of Watership Down, the film immortalizing the novel by Richard Adams, you’ll have an inkling what’s in store.
Think rolling hills, open fields, beautiful woodland and no doubt a few rabbits popping up! The terrain is gentle and perfect for a good yomp before we hop into the minibus for a 15-minute drive to the Bombay Sapphire gin distillery.
Here we have up to three hours of fun including a tour of the distillery, an hour-long gin cocktail masterclass that includes a fair bit of sampling, and then a complimentary drink at the bar.
NB: You don’t need to worry about driving as we’ll be taxiing you! However it’s best to pace yourself as we’ll be visiting another fine hygge hostelry in the evening.
This morning the emphasis is on a four-hour amble rather than a route march. There are various lovely options which include exploring the banks of the River Test.
Alternatively we might head for the grander surroundings of Highclere Castle which will no doubt please Downton Abbey enthusiasts as the historic house was one of the film locations for the TV series.
Afterwards we have one final meal together before departing for home.
Good to know:
We will be staying at a venue in Oakley.
Arriving by Public Transport:
Nearest Train Station: Overton – we will be offering a free collection from Overton station at 17:15. However, this needs to be booked in advance with the office.
Car shares / taxi share or travel buddy: If you are attending this trip then please use the Large Outdoors Facebook Members page to request or look for travel buddies.
- 2 nights hotel accommodation, all rooms are twins so even the shared rooms will only be with one other person.
- Gin Cocktail Masterclass at the Bombay Sapphire Distillery which includes making and sampling gin cocktails along with a free drink in the bar after the tour.
- 2 days of guided day walks – please note any excursions or other extra activities will incur an additional charge.
- Breakfasts and a packed lunch for Saturday. Please note Friday and Saturday night pub meals are not included.
Age Limit: You must be over 18 to attend this trip, there is no upper age limit.
Dogs: I am afraid dogs are not allowed on this trip, unless they are registered assistance dogs.
Solo Travellers: This trip is perfect for solo travellers and although couples and small groups of friends are always welcome the majority of people do attend on their own.
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What our members have to say...
“I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.ElizabethMember Since 2016
Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!ClaireMember Since 2016
My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocomeVanessaMember Since 2018