The Deer’s Hut is itself a truly historic building, having been built as a hunting lodge back in the 1600’s and the close by village of Liphook dates back to Norman times and was for many years a coach stop on the route between London and the naval port of Portsmouth.
More recently, Liphook has been fortunate to be situated close to the Shipwrights Way long distance route which links villages and towns in east Hampshire through some beautiful countryside, down to the Historic Dockyard at Portsmouth – a total distance of some 50 miles.
The name, Shipwrights Way, is a nod towards the historic use of oak grown at Alice Holt Forest for building ships during Tudor times and is a link with Portsmouth Historic Dockyard which is the home of the Mary Rose and HMS Victory.
Those who travel all or some of the route will discover that there are stone sculptures along the way, each one beautifully carved to show the history or wildlife of its location. The Deer’s Hut is proud to have one of these sculptures; a beautiful Deer seated in a book by Gilbert White who refers to the pub in his writings.
Wherever possible, the route is off-road, using rights of way and permissive paths.
Almost all of the route is now open – approximately 47 of the 50 miles with the last 3 miles between Bordon and Liphook due to be open by spring 2015. The 40 mile section from Liphook southwards is open and unbroken.
Useful links for more information
Those interested in Liphook and surrounding area may find it well worth their while to visit http://www.liphook.co.uk/ where there is a wealth of interesting local information.
We are always happy to include links to local websites of interest so please contact us if you would like to be featured on the Deer’s Hut website.