Distance from the South Downs Way: Four miles
The historic market town of Petersfield is situated some 20 miles east of Winchester, surrounded by beautiful countryside with views towards the South Downs. It’s one of the larger towns in the South Downs National Park, and there is lots to see and do. We’d particularly recommend the Farmer’s Market on the first Sunday of each month, a great place to head to for fresh, local Hampshire and Sussex produce. There’s also a twice weekly general market in the Square, every Wednesday and Saturday.
Petersfield can trace its routes back to the 12th Century and you don’t have to look too far to find evidence of its rich history. A great place to start is the Petersfield museum, situated within the former magistrates’ courthouse. There is also an excellent choice of places to eat and stay and plenty of independent shops. If it’s wide open spaces you’re after, head to the 95 acre Petersfield Heath, replete with boating lake.
Getting Here & Home Again
By Train & Bus
Petersfield has excellent train links, with direct trains to London Waterloo (65 minutes) and Portsmouth (30 minutes). The station is conveniently located just a few minute’s walk from the town centre. It’s also well connected by bus, with services to Winchester, Havant, Liss, Alton and Midhurst. There are also National Express coach services to London Victoria.
The A3 & A272 intersect just outside Petersfield, so it’s very easy to get here by car. The A272 connects Petersfield to Winchester to the west and Midhurst and beyond to the east and the A3 runs to Portsmouth to the south and Guildford and beyond to the north. There are several pay and display car parks in and around the town centre.
There are lots of independent shops as well as chain stores, supermarkets, pubs, restaurants, banks, a post office and tourist information centre.