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Hidden Britain Tours

Basingstoke and Deane

Type:Walking Tour

28 Chequers Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG21 7PU

Tel: +44 01256 814222



New Forest Walks/Driven Tours

Since the business was established in 2005 we have taken over two thousand five hundred people
on guided walks in the New Forest. We are insured, licensed, first aid trained and professional walk leaders and have generated 35000 walk miles. All walks are risk assessed and cater for all levels of ability. The walks are gentle ambles with intelligent commentary and typically last about 2.5 hours, approx. 4.5 miles with a break for lunch at a country inn that can cater for the numbers we deal with.

Driven tours take about two hours, where we drive through the forest with Phil Howe who explains the landscape and the habitats we visit, an ideal introduction to the New Forest especially for people who want to see a lot more in limited time or cannot walk any distance.

New Forest Coach Guides

Hidden Britain Tours can also offer coach guides for group tour operators. This offer again enhances visitor perception of the New Forest. We tailor our tours to meet any itinerary using our knowledge and expertise of both coach accessibility and what visitors most enjoy seeing and experiencing in any particular part of the New Forest.

The Jane Austen Dancing Years Tour

This is a wonderful exploration of north Hampshire in a people carrier. We drive from village to village seeing the houses where she danced and fell in love, visit ancient churches tracing the people she mentions in her letters, and tell the stories and gossip of the late 1700’s that evidently informed her as a girl, young woman and young author. It’s an ideal way to connect with several parts of Hampshire that are impossible to access using public transport and difficult to locate if unfamiliar with our tiny country lanes.

We visit the site of her birthplace and the church where her father was Rector and where the family worshipped, and explain the social and cultural history of the area as we travel through many small hamlets with Jane Austen links. We lunch in a country inn and then go to the Jane Austen House Museum in the afternoon. On this tour one can experience the places where she spent her first twenty six years which inspired her to write her early novels, and then visit Chawton and the cottage where she lived her later years. Please note this is not a walking tour!

We have a deserved reputation for offering specialist Jane Austen weekend or one day itineraries and can create packages for coach operators for group travel.

Hidden Hampshire

On this tour we drive through the stunning but modest Candover Valley to Alresford, stopping to explain the landscape, visit secret Medieval churches, indeed, one hidden underground, see magnificent neo classical ruins, watercress beds, the pretty market town of Alresford, have tea on the Watercress Line steam train station that is so evocative of the forties and fifties, drive a short way to visit a small family owned watercress bed, take a drive up the Itchen valley, stopping to look over a bridge at one of the world’s best trout streams, and return.


Establishment Features

  • All weather attraction
  • Dogs Accepted - If well behaved. Must be on leads in the New Forest during nesting season and near livestock.
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Guided tours
  • Open all year round
  • Prior Booking Recommended

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - Half and full days.
  • Blue Badge Guides admitted free
  • Booking essential - Via Hidden Britain Tours web site or Lyndhurst Visitor Centre.
  • Can be packages by 3rd parties
  • Delta
  • Groups Accepted - Coach operators and private groups.
  • Maestro
  • MasterCard
  • Switch
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free
  • Visa

Provider Preferences

  • Forest Location - Ideal tours and walks with experts who know the forest.
  • In countryside - Guides who expertly explain the physical and cultural landscape.
  • No smoking
  • Outdoor Attraction

Specialist Features

  • Educational Groups
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals


Map & Directions

Road Directions

Pick up points from rail stations and hotels, B&B's or elsewhere by arrangement.

Public Transport Directions

Pick up points from rail stations and hotels, B&B's or elsewhere by arrangement.

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