The Harrow

Walk Description

If you visit Petersfield just the once you must do this classic loop, which takes in the Poet’s Stone and the famous Harrow Inn.

The Poet Stone is a memorial to war poet Edward Thomas, whose writing was inspired by the Ashford Hangers area and beyond. The hillside where it stands is not called Shoulder of Mutton for nothing. It is a steep climb up this vertical shoulder of a hill. However, we will embrace our inner tortoise as we amble our way up it, stopping frequently to savour the views of the South Downs behind us.

After a walk along the top of Wheatham Hill to Cobbett’s viewpoint we will descend to find refreshment at the Harrow Inn, Steep. This unique, family-run, 16th century pub is famous for only taking cash so be sure not to be caught out.

We will pop in for a quick drink at the pub, but feel free to stay longer and enjoy lunch. The walk back to Petersfield from here is very straight forward – a map/details can be provided. 

Walk Leader

Rural Strides

Malinka leads walks professionally through her walk guiding business Rural Strides. She is a qualified Lowland Walk Leader, navigator and outdoor first aider. She also set up and ran the successful Petersfield Walking Festival.




Sat 6 April 2024

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6.5 miles


3.5 hours


Mostly Flat - but with one steep climb ....with many places to stop and admire the view on the way up!



Dogs Allowed


Lunch Required

Large snack