See stunning views of autumn colour in South Downs’ woodland

Selborne near Alton, Hampshire

Be surrounded by woodland in glorious autumn colour when you walk in the footsteps of the father of ecology, Gilbert White.

Gilbert White, Britain’s first naturalist, loved the wooded chalk hills of the South Downs, and when he described Selborne as a ‘rural, sheltered, unobserved retreat’ back in the 18th century, he could have been writing about the area today.

Selborne is a delightful village with lovely walks, including the zig-zag path up the wooded hillside, part of a circular walk inspired by the writer. The view from the top of the hill is particularly beautiful in autumn.

At Gilbert White’s House and the Oates Collection, visitors can discover three fascinating stories about explorers of the Natural World:  Gilbert White - whose natural history of Selborne in 1789 started the science of ecology; Captain Lawrence Oates - soldier, explorer and Antarctic hero and Frank Oates - explorer and naturalist.

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